Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" shows no signs of slowing down in its race to claim "song of the summer," despite lingering accusations that lyrics like "I know you want it" are kinda "rapey" and that the NSFW video filled with topless models degrades women.
Now Alan Thicke, dad to Robin and all of us who grew up on "Growing Pains," is coming to his son's rescue in an interview with the Canadian Press.
"I think that there are blurred lines within the 'Blurred Lines.' T.I.'s rap is kind of graphic, Robin's point of view I think in his own parts of the song ... is kind of female empowerment when you look at it. It's not so much 'we know you want it' -- it's 'we hope you want it.' It's still a guy waiting for permission, saying 'I'm not your maker.' Nobody grabs anybody. We're waiting for permission here.
"And not only that, but it's guys trying to be cute and funny. This is not a lascivious video. There's no humping and grinding as we've been seeing in music videos for two decades now.... I don't see these guys as being on the nose, overtly sexual. We're not doing the Anthony Weiner story here, (they're) just kind of putting it out there playfully and we'll see who responds."
"Blurred Lines" remains at number one in Canada and around the world, but the elder Thicke, who actually co-wrote "Ain't No Hat 4 That" on Robin's new album and will get a star on Canada's Walk of Fame next month, says the video has little to do with it.
"If it was that simple to get global attention and create these maelstrom over simply taking your top off, hell, somebody should have done that long ago," Thick said. "Most of the other videos for years have been about booty.... For some reason when they switched from booty to boobie, everyone went nuts."
So now you have Dr. Jason Seaver saying "booty to boobie" in your brain. Sorry about that.
Robin's made a few attempts at amends -- trying to convince the "Today" show that the song was "a feminist movement," softening the song by performing it with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on children's instruments, and coming to Stephen Colbert's rescue after Daft Punk we're allowed to perform on the "Colbert Report." But mostly he just seems happy to ride this blurred line of controversy all the way to the bank.