Saturday, August 31, 2013

Miley Isn't the Problem

The most offensive part of Miley Cyrus’s dance at the VMA's (3:40 in) was Robin Thicke and his "Blurred Lines" song. (Unless you considered her dancing racist, but that's another, longer post).  I though Miley’s dance was over the top, obnoxious, and silly. It had the right wing in an uproar but even the liberal media was not impressed.  To me, she was just being the poor singer and dancer w/little sex appeal that she's always been.  Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is by far more offensive; let me explain, I'll start out slow.

By his own admission, one of Robin Thicke’s favorite songs is Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."   No wonder many say "Blurred Lines" is a complete RIPOFF of Gaye's song. Apparently, it took Robin only 30 minutes to “create” his little tune.  Obviously, Thicke didn’t create anything; he took a tune and copied much of it. Robin is so worried about the similarities he filed a lawsuit LA to have the court rule that he didn't copy Marvin Gaye's music.  The Marvin Gaye estate has apparently rejected a six figure buyout.  This isn't even the first time he ripped off Marvin Gaye. Some say "Trouble Man" has the same tune as Thicke's "Million Dollar Baby."  Ok, a rich white guy ripped off a beloved African American musical legend, that isn't so bad is it...well, we're just getting started. 

Have you listened to the actual lyrics of the song? If you do listen/read closely, Robin Thicke is basically singing about a rape fantasy.  To paraphraise.... She’s a good girl, and needs liberating from her current boyfriend and he wants to have rough dirty sex with her. She doesn’t outwardly want it because she apparently can’t hear what he’s saying, but he knows she wants it… thus the blurred lines. Sing it with me.  "Is it rape? Is it aggressive sex? Blurred Lines!"  Thicke actually defends this by saying its about a pick up artist (like himself) and the blurred line between what a girl wants to do (be a good girl), and what she ends up doing (sex w/him). According to him, its not about rape, its about degrading women. Duh!  Here's the WSJ on the subject.

If you were thinking that Miley’s actions were offensive to women, why don’t you have a look at the “Blurred Lines” video (RATED-R, NSFW, but a must watch for you guys).  He has naked women running around him while his name is flashing on the screen "#THICKE" with balloons in the background saying "Robin Thicke has a big dick." It's pretty f-ed up.
Miley’s poor twerking abilities are nothing to be offended by compared to the music she was twerking to.

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