Robin Thicke to Critics Who Say 'Blurred Lines' Condones Rape: 'That's Ridiculous'

The singer also reveals what the controversial song means and why he initially didn't want to release a naked video.
Anthony Mandler
Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke has responded to criticism that his hit "Blurred Lines" is about rape, calling such claims "ridiculous."

When asked in an interview with BBC's Radio 1 if he'd seen the articles arguing that his song advocates sexual abuse, he said, "Yeah, I think they should all ... I can't even dignify that with a response; that's ridiculous."

But he did talk about the meaning of the lyrics, saying they're about both "blurring the lines between men and women and how much we're the same" and "blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl."

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"Even very good girls have a little bad side. You just have to know how to pull it out of them," he added.

He also said that the video of him dancing around with naked girls, which should only be controversial to "extra-religious people," was director Diane Martel's idea. He also wanted to shoot a clothed version, saying "I don't want it to be sleazy. I've always been a gentleman. I've been with the same woman since I was a teenager. So I don't want to do anything that's inappropriate."

Thicke actually preferred the clothed version and didn't even want to use the naked version until his wife and her friends said he should put out that video, too.