“Blurred Lines” remix feat. actual rapists’ words

*Trigger warning*

Well, sorta.

Like Ann, I’ll admit that Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was a staple in my summer jamz rotation (at least until the new Katy Perry roared onto the scene). It’s not that I didn’t notice the super rapey lyrics, but I regularly enjoy pop culture that I could–and would–tear apart if I were writing a blog post instead of turning the volume up and the windows down. I don’t even feel guilty about it in the least. And I don’t actually agree that banning a song like “Blurred Lines” is the answer.

What I do believe in is deconstructing pop culture and being real about the ways it reflects, reinforces, and promotes dangerous cultural assumptions and message. And here’s an excellent–and very disturbing–post at Sociological Images that does just that.

Lyrics from the song are followed by images, culled from Project Unbreakable, of women and men holding signs with sentences that their rapist said to them before, during, or after the assault. It’s impossible to hear lines like, “I know you want it” as just context-free fun after seeing them echoed, again and again, by people who were likely fully aware of the line, crossed it anyway, and benefit greatly from a culture that insists it’s oh-so-blurry.

woman holding sign saying "I know you want it."

 person holding sign saying, "You know you want it. Come on __ give in to pleasure."

Head over to Sociological Images to see the breakdown of the rest of the song.

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