Marvin Gaye's Family and Robin Thicke Settle "Blurred Lines" Controversy
Remember when Robin Thicke danced around with a bunch of topless women?
By Liana Satenstein
Remember Robin Thicke's wildly popular summer song that featured a Pharrell, T.I. and several prancing, topless women? You know, the one with the questionable lyrics that sparked controversy among men and women everywhere? Yes, you're right, it is "Blurred Lines"! Controversial lines included "Talk about getting blasted/I hate these blurred lines/ I know you want it/I know you want it," while the video was banned from YouTube due to nudity. Here is what Thicke of the video in his GQ interview:
We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, "We're the perfect guys to make fun of this."
People say, "Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?" I'm like, "Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women." So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, "Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around."
Kind of gross, right? Well, karma works in mysterious ways: The hit, which sold over 6.6 million tracks, landed in court, (no, not for T.I.'s awkward-as-hell dance moves or the grossly uncomfortable lyrics) but because it was too similar Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give Up." According to Huffington Post, Marvin Gaye's children had accused EMI of not pursuing a copyright infringement case against Thicke because "Blurred Lines" had way too many similarities to Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." The dispute between Sony and the Gaye children has been settled, but the terms are not disclosed.
But, you can't blur these lines, Robin (cue knee-slap), the songs sound similar. (Sort of reminiscent of the Vanilla Ice and David Bowie controversy back in 1990). We want to hear your opinion: Do the songs sound too much alike or do you just not care because Blurred Lines rocks anyway?