Ah, Robin Thicke. Having slogged along in the music industry since the late 90s, with some success on the R&B charts, he finally made it into the mainstream consciousness in the summer of 2013 with the smash hit “Blurred Lines.” Perhaps the most popular yet detested song of the decade, the song was the best-selling digital single of 2013 and is currently the second best-selling digital single of all time, yet was condemned in the court of public opinion as “rapey” and misogynistic. His cringe-worthy performance at the VMA’s, gyrating into a scantily clad, foam finger wielding Miley Cyrus, only caused more outcry with further accusations of sexism and the promotion of rape culture.
In the aftermath of all that, Thicke and Paula Patton, his high school sweetheart and wife of 9 years, separated. Thicke’s response to the separation was to write an entire album, fittingly titled “Paula,” dedicated to the endeavor of winning her back. This seems, at best, pathetic. At worst, it could be considered stalker-ish.
All of this background information leads us to one important question: Why on earth did VH1 decide that now would be a good time to initiate a Twitter Q&A with the beleaguered pop star? And yet, they did.
— VH1 (@VH1) June 30, 2014
As the questions came pouring in, they ranged from the somewhat amusing:
#AskThicke Are you going to play your new album on a boom box over your head outside Paula's house? That usually works.
— Aaron Fullerton (@AaronFullerton) July 1, 2014
#askthicke do you still see blurred lines? If so, that might be gout.
— Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) June 30, 2014
#AskThicke Can we sacrifice you so that David Bowie lives forever?
— Alaina (@AlainaJL) July 2, 2014
— Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ) July 1, 2014
— Gareth Keenan (@_GarethKeenan) June 30, 2014
To the politically provocative:
— Jeremy Hooper (@goodasyou) July 1, 2014
To the downright snarky:
— Pulin Modi (@IAmTomorrow) June 30, 2014
Besides rapey thoughts and general misogyny, what inspires you? #AskThicke
— Ariel Kashanchi (@IranianMermaid) July 1, 2014
Robin Thicke is getting terrible abuse on the #AskThicke hashtag. Maybe If he'd dressed less provocative & stayed sober it wouldn't happen?
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) July 1, 2014
In fact, a few tweets seemed at least somewhat sympathetic:
— RetroChristal (@RetroChristal) June 30, 2014
(Robin Thicke wanders into his social media office) So, how's #AskThicke going? Intern (puffs out cheeks): Yeeah, pretty quiet, really.
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) July 1, 2014
Snark and disdain seem to be the overwhelming order of the day:
How does it feel to know that you will be used as a case study to examine cultural examples of rape culture for years to come? #AskThicke
— Alex Ngo (@alexrichardngo) July 1, 2014
#askthicke Now that you've made it commercially viable to be a creepingly insidious, misogynistic sexual predator; What's next for you?
— Martin Shaw (@BhunaBhuna) July 1, 2014
Will you retract your statement of "I know you want me" now that you know beyond a reasonable doubt that she does not? #AskThicke
— Lily Bolourian (@LilyBolourian) July 1, 2014
If you HAD to choose, would you rather be remembered for a rape anthem, the public stalking of Paula or cultural appropriation?#AskThicke
— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) June 30, 2014
#AskThicke are you incapable of making songs that don't glamourise rape, objectification and sexual abuse or baby is it in your nature?
— (@sophiewetton) July 1, 2014
So what do you think, readers? Are Twitter users kicking a guy when he’s down, or was he asking for it?
top photo by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com
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Whoever claimed Blurred Lines as a Rape Anthem clearly never listed to anything by this guy: http://media.giphy.com/media/d0dODE5DTghXy/giphy.gif