Seattle-based “boylesque” troupe Mod Carousel has recreated Robin Thicke’s controversial video for his hit single “Blurred Lines.”
Caela Bailey, Sydni Devereux, and Dalisha Phillips take over the roles of Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., while the Mod Carousel trio — consisting of Trojan Original, Paris Original, and the Luminous Pariah — fill in for the female models — complete with thongs, high heels, and stuffed animals. All of the vocals, with the exception of the rap section that was written and performed by Phillips, are performed by Bailey.
The group also switches up the lyrics to reflect the reversed roles, with Bailey singing, “You’re just so manly… You’re the hottest d**k in this place.” Remember the balloons from the original video? Those have also been changed for this gender-bending parody.
“It’s our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and do everyone a disservice,” Mod Carousel wrote in the description of the video on YouTube.
“We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.”
Thicke’s video has been criticized for being “rapey,” but the Canadian crooner has said that he wanted to push the envelope with the visuals.
“We pretty much wanted to take all the taboos of what you’re not supposed to do,” Thick said. “Bestiality, you know, injecting a girl in her bum with a five-foot syringe — I just wanted to break every rule of things you’re not supposed to do and make people realize how silly some of these rules are.”
The unrated version of the video has since been banned from YouTube.
What do you think of Mod Carousel’s version of “Blurred Lines?”