Blurred Truth?

Hello bloggers and welcome back to another week’s blog post hosted by yours truly.. Okay, so we all know there are certain media texts that always make their way down controversial lane and spark themselves quite nasty feedback from the public sphere. With saying that I’d like to nominate the song that lead feminists from around the world into one gigantic meltdown of hot rage: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams.

This song for those who didn’t know about it, has been listed for 829 weeks in 21 different charts. Its first appearance was in the French Singles Top 100 in 2013 and the last appearance was in the Irish Singles Top 100 in 2014. The song won numerous awards like the top radio, digital, hot 100, top and R&B song during the billboard awards, whilst also being nominated by other different top music awards such as the Grammy’s (2014) MTV awards (2013), and People’s Choice Awards (2013).

However, what caused many raised eyebrows throughout the catchy phenomenon was the controversial sexist lyrics, and music video. Watch the link below, and carefully listen to those lyrics, deconstruct ‘blurred truth’. You’ll see what the fuss is about.

So why do I think it’s caused such major debate around the globe? Well, firstly there were obviously many issues were raised about the morals and values of women’s rights following the clips presentation. Seeing as women have suffered sexist discrimination over the decades; justice seems to be slipping away all in the four minutes and twenty three seconds.

The catchy phenomenon contained lyrics such as

  • “OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you, but you’re an animal, baby it’s in your nature”
  • “yeah I had a bitch, but she ain’t as bad as you”

Well I don’t know about you guys, but being referred to as an ‘animal’, and a ‘bitch’ certainly turns me off from the song, and clearly others weren’t happy either. Feminist’s from Auckland Law Revue, posted their feedback with probably the best way possible: a parody.

Check it out.

So you can understand the reason why this song of “blurred lines” have caused such global debate. Consequences  come about with any media text and in this case, many were sharing their own opinions of disapproval. The way the text was presented had proven to the  public that not all texts can get away with slandering this touchy topic of Woman’s liberation. The unfortunate reality with this song, is that even though the meaning behind the lyrics/clip had done enough damage, it still has won many awards and praise. However, credit to those who created such a catchy tune. It’s just upsetting to see a good tune followed on with a bad representation through the media, with powerful influence to the public, especially young generations growing up with the pop culture.

So tell me guys, Is it okay to present such derogatory disguised behind it’s celebrities? Let me hear  your feedback.

Untill next time.



2 thoughts on “Blurred Truth?

  1. Unfortunately blurred lines is not the only song out there discriminating against something or someone. It seems that any type of music with swearing and disrespectful lyrics is what sells and what we as the downloaders are downloading. I am guilty for having that song on my phone and singing along to it on a Friday night but when you break it down like that, I agree with you that those lyrics (especially about woman) aren’t necessary but I guess we find the humorous side to it. Take the song ‘Pumped up kicks’ by Foster and the people for example. The song is a tale of a school shooter with deep lyrics such as “you better run, better run, outrun my gun”. Is this song morally right? It was also used on a xxxx Summer beer add which covered our TV screens daily in the summer time. I guess what I am trying to say is that the public is always faced with these kind of songs and lyrics from celebrities we admire and possibly look up to. Parents especially would not approve with the majority of songs we download. We see images and hear these lyrics all the time in the media, especially advertising.
    Great blog!


  2. Hey Mediaholic! I completely agree with your blog post on the ‘Blurred Lines’ phenomenon; it is derogatory and no it is not okay to present such slander behind the pretty guises of celebrities. This song feeds purely into rape culture and I felt that caused a huge debate in the public sphere. I liked your use of parody and humour throughout your blog and how you utilized youtube to create differing levels to your information provision. When investigating the Blurred Lines issue, did you happen to stumble across its rise and fall? Such quick popularity just as quickly failed them when Marvin Gayes’s family sued Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement over the single, ‘got to give it up’?

    Article on the Marvin Gaye/Blurred lines copyright case :


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