If you've been holding off on enjoying Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" because of the possible interpretation of its subtext or the way the song's music video treats its models with about the same respect that a horseman has for his prize pony (to be fair, the models' manes are extra shiny and, boy, can they canter!), let go and enjoy! "Blurred Lines" isn't anti-feminist — it's actually super feminist because it defends every woman's independence ("that man is not your maker") and right to have sex with Robin Thicke.
This isn't just conjecture. Thicke said so himself on the Today Show this morning. When asked by Matt Lauer about the controversy surrounding the song, Jason Seaver, Jr. defended himself, saying:
"When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women and — my wife, I've been with the same woman since I was a teenager. So for us, we were just trying to make a funny song and sometimes the lyrics get misconstrued when you're just trying to put people on the dance floor and have a good time, but we had no idea it would stir this much controversy. We only had the best intentions."
"But when you looked at it later," asked Savannah Guthrie, "did you kind of get what people were saying?"
"Yeah, but I think that's what great art does. It's supposed to stir conversation, it's supposed to make us talk about what's important and what the relationship between men and women is, but if you listen to the lyrics it says 'That man is not your maker' — it's actually a feminist movement within itself."
There you have it. Much like Serrano's "Piss Christ" or Banksy's "Napalm," "Blurred Lines" is just trying to make us think (mostly about how we want it how we want it how we want it). It's not just representative of feminism. It's representative of a new wave of feminism.
Susan B. Anthony. Germaine Greer. bell hooks. Robin Thicke. We thank these brave warriors for all their hard work.
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Savannah Guthrie has never acted hornier than she did in this interview.