by Chelo Grubb
Robin Thicke's controversial and catchy single "Blurred Lines" has been attracting a lot of attention this summer for being antifeminist. Seattle-based boylesque troupe Mod Carousel decided to respond with their own, gender-swapped version of the video. They reworked the lyrics, staged the set of video, and put some guys in thongs and heels
From the YouTube description:
It's our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and does everyone a disservice. We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.
Amazing. The only difference? ALL of the people in this version actually look like they're having fun during the shoot.
The issues with Thicke's song started with the lyrics promoting a kinda-rapey, no-means-yes attitude:
I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it/But you're a good girl/The way you grab me/Must wanna get nasty
(If I want to get nasty, I'll let you know, okay?)
And then the video happened and things got a lot worse. In the "unrated" cut, women are dancing around dressed only in nude-colored thongs and high heals while Thicke and the other fancymen in suits gawk at the ladies. (Although, one of the models has come out in defense of the video).
See it here, if you've somehow managed to avoid it so far: