Robin Thicke was voted “Sexist of the Year” by a body which represents dozens of women’s groups situated all around the United Kingdom.
He managed to achieve this dubious distinction due to his hit single Blurred Lines, which had an accompanying video showing him surrounded by a host of naked dancers. The allegation is that the lyrics were regarded as legitimizing date rape!
Thicke came in at number one following voting in a poll conducted by the End Violence Against Women Coalition. But he was at least in good company, since the runner up for the second successive year was none other than David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister.
The women’s coalition has more than 60 member groups working to end sexual and domestic violence, trafficking and other forms of abuse. In accusing Thicke, the group also made reference to other comments Thicke had made in interviews.
For example, when speaking to GQ magazine, he said: “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’.”
The coalition said it would be sending Thicke a gift voucher so he could download Aretha Franklin‘s hit song Respect as a prize.
Sarah Green, speaking on behalf of the End Violence Against Women Coalition claimed that Thicke’s video had created such a backlash that it had actually had the effect of fuelling a campaign against videos using sexist imagery.
The citation read:
“Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop.”
Sexism might be de rigeur for some music industry ‘creatives’ but the times they are a-changin’.”
The real question is, does Robin Thicke really care? In an industry is which there is virtually no such thing as “bad” publicity, all publicity can only be good.
And its very unlikely that his numerous fans in the U.S., and around the world, will pay much attention to a group of somewhat over reactionary British women.
If it comes down to the question of how men treat and think about women, any criticism from the U.K. might reasonably be called a classic case of: “The pot calling the kettle black.”
Presumably, Robin Thicke will carry on “twerking” with impunity!