The blurred line of life

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Share via Email Causing indignation: It joins around 20 other UK student unions to do so. It seems impossible that anyone with the faintest interest in popular culture could have missed either The blurred line of life song or the controversy, but here is a recap.

In April, one blogger branded it a "rape song"and two months later Tricia Romano of the Daily Beast described it as "rapey"a word that caught fire in other media outlets.

Throughout the summer, as the song eclipsed even Daft Punk's Get Lucky as the biggest hit ofdebate about its sexual politics heated up.


Miley Cyrus's performance at the Video Music Awards in August, during which Thicke popped up like some kind of sex-pest Zelig, ignited another firestorm of indignation on several fronts. How do you stop your kids being exposed to it?

They're tired of messages that depict women as highly sexualised passive sex objects. Getting rid of one song won't solve the problem.

Explicit Lyrics on offending albums. The ensuing climate of censorship reached a peak inwhen rapper Ice-T's rock band Body Count buckled to huge political pressure and deleted their song Cop Killer.

They pointedly replaced it on the album with a new song called Freedom of Speech. If the MTV generation was the first to be exposed to the power of music videos, then the YouTube generation is the first to understand those videos in the context of social media and online discourse.

Cultural consumers have never been more attuned to the messages, both explicit and implicit, embedded in popular artforms. Arguments about racism, misogyny and cultural appropriation that used to thrive primarily in academia are now mainstream. Sometimes these concerns about "problematic" art go to comical extremes — the Tumblr Your Fave Is Problematic leaves you wondering if there is anything out there that isn't problematic — but at least young consumers are asking the right questions, in the spirit of playwright August Wilson's axiom: Many people who follow pop music closely, however, are surprised that Blurred Lines has become such a lightning rod.

Maybe it's an easy target because Robin Thicke is kind of slimy. Right now there's a lot of tension between women and men online so this was a way of women taking a piece of pop culture and saying: If you don't think the song's narrator is willing to have sex without consent, then the song seems at worst sleazy, and the reaction overblown.

If, however, you think that the concept of "blurred lines" sends a dangerous message to listeners, then it's explosive. Thicke himself has been a woeful defender of the song in interviews, recalling Spinal Tap's response to being called sexist: The video is another matter.

I directed the girls to look into the camera. This is very intentional and they do it most of the time; they are in the power position. The lyrics are ridiculous, the guys are silly as fuck. Martel's thoughts have received little attention, but then one flaw in the current debate is an unwillingness to credit female artists with ideas of their own.

When Miley Cyrus appeared naked in the Wrecking Ball video, critics assumed director Terry Richardson was calling the shots, yet in the case of Blurred Lines the blame for the video falls on Thicke. This is just one of the ways in which the battle lines are themselves blurred.

Even more here's that word again problematic is the intersection of gender and race.

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While the members of the PMRC were affronted by heavy metal as well as hip-hop — their original "Filthy Fifteen" blacklist featured only three black artists — the current focus is overwhelmingly on urban music.

Lily Allen's new video exclusively parodies black music and reduces black women's bodies to lurid props, however satirical her intent might be.

One critic, who asked to be quoted anonymously, says: What about Katy Perry or Gaga or Miley? What about rock music? For us it's not a problem with black music specifically, but the music industry as a whole.

In the case of Blurred Lines, many listeners came to the song via the controversy and therefore had an opinion before they had a reaction. They don't have to do their homework to get the desired effect, which is traffic.

Haigh defends EUSA's decision on multiple grounds.News has always mixed the serious and the entertaining.

The tension between journalism and commercialism goes back long before television, but it is felt with special intensity in television news today. At the end of March, mid-table R&B singer Thicke, along with producer Pharrell Williams and rapper TI, released Blurred Lines, a libidinous R&B party jam about a woman in a nightclub who may or.

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The blurred line of life

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