The #AskThicke Hashtag Shows We’re Not Forgiving Robin Thicke Any Time Soon
The Debrief: VH1's plans to get fans to ask him questions on Twitter went seriously wrong as people took the soul singer apart for his creepy lyrics/video for Blurred Lines...
As far as social media fails go, this one is right up there with Susan Boyle’s #susanalbumparty – well, Robin Thicke wishes – as VH1’s plans to turn Twitter awash with well-meaning crowd-sourced interview questions for the Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke went awry. Well, not so much awry, but predictably hilarious.
Owing to his sleazy reputation for singing one of the most controversial songs of last year – lyrics such as ‘I know you want it’ combined with a music video with more nudity than a Roman Bacchanal provoked feminist fury, just in case you were living on an electricity-free compound in the outer Hebrides throughout 2013 – the questions pointed the finger at him as a bit of a sex pest. Here are some of our favourites
How long are you going to keep singing creepy songs about ignoring a person's consent? #AskThicke— JP Fairfield™ (@isitis) June 30, 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
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
Is it considered kinky sex if I shit in your mouth while you sleep? #AskThicke— Neil (@youngestneil) July 1, 2014
After the success of the rape song, can we expect an up tempo ditty about female genital mutilation next? #AskThicke— Dave Mc (@daveymac99) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke Tried to chat up a woman by pulling her hair, blowing smoke in her face & holding my knob. Not interested. What am I doing wrong?— JonDuckworth (@jonduckworth74) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke It might seem like some of the questions on this hashtag are cruel and abusive but Robin, I know you want it— Kitty (@KittyKnits) July 1, 2014
The actual Q+A starts at 1.30pm EST, which is six hours behind us. Hopefully, come 7.30pm UK time, when Robin's actually there to answer the questions there’ll be some equally funny queries from American Tweeters – it would be a shame if the Robin Thicke-as-rape-apologist trope was restricted to simply one country.
And, hopefully this sort of prolonged response to what was – annoyingly – quite a catchy song released 13 months ago, will put off other artists from being similarly creepy, and perhaps go some way towards teaching blokes that it's not ok live by its edicts.
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