Wednesday, 4 September 2013

"Defined Lines" vs "Blurred Lines": A bullet-point breakdown.

This is a breakdown, not a chronology.

BLURRED LINES

  • Robin Thicke (no-one has heard of) makes a music video called "Blurred Lines" with Pharrell Williams (some people have heard of) and T.I. (no-one has heard of).
  • It has 2 versions: naked girls and semi-naked girls. Both are explicitly misogynist.
  • Themes of the song and video:
    • Girls are sexual objects for straight men.
    • Sometimes "no" means "yes" (clue - it doesn't, this is called "rape")
    • Girls have no other value than sex. For straight men.
    • Thicke, Williams and TI are all alpha males with big penises, which matters apparently.
  • The "excuse" that all 3 "artists" are married, so it's a "funny joke", makes it worse, not better.
  • The video suggests that "hug me" rhymes with "fuck me", and means the same thing. It doesn't, and, it doesn't.

DEFINED LINES

  • University of Auckland law students make a feminist parody video called "Defined Lines".
  • Video racks up 300,000 views before being blocked by Youtube, after complaints, for inappropriate content.
  • The double irony is that this parody contains the line "come on my face", which is indeed more sexually explicit than "Blurred Lines".
  • The news travels around the world, resulting in multiple uploads by other users, before the video itself is unblocked.
  • The video contains only white people, which doesn't reflect well.
  • Then again, maybe only white people were around when they made it?
  • Some women actually like men ejaculating on their face, it's not wrong if you like that kind of thing.
  • In imitating/exposing the misogyny of "Blurred Lines", the video appears misandrist, adding another layer of irony and further convincing woman-haters that feminists are just man-haters, which isn't true.

The original and all parodies use the same music, which is appallingly shit.





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