“Blurred Lines: the most controversial song of the decade” (The Guardian)
Dorian Lynskey, the author of the article about the song Blurred Lines being one of most controversial songs of the decade, is a writer for not only The Guardian but also many other magazines such as Q, GQ, and Mojo. Looking at this article from beginning to end, he initially starts off by sarcastically saying how it was unusual that the University College London student union put a band on the song blurred lines. Directly after, he goes on saying how it was banded by 20 other student unions in the United Kingdom. The tone that he used in the beginning was a funny and almost comical tone which turned more into a serious one later on. Lynskey mainly focused on how the song expresses disturbing attitudes towards sex, rape, and woman. But one thing he did that surprised me was that he showed the other side to the story in which defending the song was taken place. Music critic Maura Johnston stated “It really did boggle my mind when people started freaking out about it” (qtd. In Lynskey 2). Even though this did show the second side of the argument, he only did this once out of the five pages of text in which Dorian criticized the song.
After reading this article, it was very interesting to me on the type of information that Lynskey used to defend his argument. He used many examples of why the song was perceived in such a bad way in which he backed it up with quotes from different people who felt the same way about the song. Due to this, the targeted audience would be people who strongly believed the song promoted ideas of rape and disrespect to woman. Another group of audience would be music lover, especially Robin Thicke followers, who wants to know more about what is happening due to the song. Lastly, with this article being written nearly eight months after the song was released, the reason for writing the article was because another student body had just recently banded the song. Because of that, Lynskey decided to remind the world the controversy and the drama behind the song in the past months. And with over a thousand comments on the article, he did just that.
Lynskey, Dorian. “Blurred Lines: The Most Controversial Song of the Decade.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media., 14 Nov. 2013. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.
Teens React to Robin Thicke- Blurred Lines (YouTube)
Fine Brothers Productions, located in Los Angeles, is a company ran by Benny and Rafi Fine who have over 500 million views accumulated across the internet on the videos that they have produced. In August of 2013, they released a video showing the viewpoints and reactions of several teens on the song Blurred Lines. With the song peaking in the summer having multiple radio stations playing the song constantly, 4.7 million views for the video showed how The Fine Brothers released the video at the perfect time. The video starts out by having every teen watch the music video first then commenting on how they feel about it afterwards. It was interesting how most of the males said how the song was okay and did not feel too strongly about it. As for the females, they felt as if the song was disrespecting woman everywhere. One girl directly after watching the Blurred Lines music video said, “Woman are portrayed as sex objects in this song” (TheFineBros). Fine Brothers productions did an excellent job of showing how some teens really feel about not only the song but also the music video. Capturing audiences all over the world, they targeted not only music lovers, but also teens and parents.
TheFineBros. “Teens React to Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 18 Aug. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.
“Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke Avoid Each Other in Public After MTV VMAs Performance”
One of the most talked about performances ever to hit the MTV Awards was given to Robin Thicke when the world saw how Miley Cyrus likes to dance, or a better word in this instance ‘Twerk’, onto 36 year old men with the notorious foam finger. US Magazine writer, Allison Takeda, decided to see what the relationship between both pop stars were like months after the performance. She started off the article stating, “Thicke, 36, is angry with Cyrus, 21, for ‘going too far’” (Takeda 1). It is easy to see here why Robin would be mad at Mylie for the antiques that she put on stage but the author later talks about how Robin could just be jealous of how Mileys career is taking off in a positive direction. Allison also states how both artist sat a few tables away and never said a word to each other.
With the Super Bowl the next day after the article was written, and Robin Thicke having a scheduled performance and the ESPN Super Bowl party, it was an excellent time to bring his name up again in the media. Targeting audience of not only music lovers of fan clubs from both Mylie and Robin, the article reaches out to people who want to hear about the music world and especially people who like to hear about gossip. With using words such as ‘bad blood’, it is a type of slang that is used amongst teens and young adults due to its unlikely professional context. With this type of writing, the targeted audience of teens to young adults are being informed by the author of the current relationship standing and status of Mylie and Robin Thicke in a much laid back, relaxed, comical mood.
Takeda, Allison. “Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke Avoid Each Other in Public After MTV VMAs Performance.” US Magazine. Wenner Media LLC, 31 Jan. 2014. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.
“Robin Thicke gets close to mystery woman on the dance floor at Paris nightclub” (NY Daily News)
The Robin Thicke era continues as the press was on him on a night out at the Paris Club partying with Kanye. Entertainment Reporter for the New York Daily News, Chiderah Monde, was all over the shocking story. The married man of 9 years, who has a son, was acting like someone that was single at a night club who might have forgotten he was in public in the eyes of the media. “In some pictures Thicke, just appears to be enjoying some hot and heavy dancing. But in others, the singer looks like he’s leaning all the way in for a lip-lock with his female companion” (Monde 1). The article later goes on talking about his past cheating experiences tying into his current possible one now. With acts like this and songs so controversial such as Blurred Lines, it just tops off on why he is perceived in the media in such a degrading way.
With the target audience being music lovers from teens and young adults to gossip columnist that need another story to talk about, this article appeals to a lot of different people. By Robin Thicke already having rumors surrounding him about cheating incidents before, another one could never hurt in the eyes of the media. This is the kind of stuff no matter how successful the artist is doing, readers will read and keep on reading because it is interesting to them. But having this article out there shows how Robin Thicke really does not care about woman and especially his marriage with his wife. It adds to the fact that people perceive him as a person who sees woman as a sex object instead of a human who has feelings.
Monde, Chinderah. “Robin Thicke Gets Close to Mystery Woman on the Dance Floor at Paris Nightclub .” NY Daily News. N.p., 20 Jan. 2014. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.
‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit: A Definitive History of the Song’s (Many) Controversies
(The Daily Beast)
“The song of the summer” (Kubas-Meyer 1) was the face of many controversies with a law suit being one of the biggest ones. Marvin Gaye’s estate accused Thicke that he was plagiarizing from Marvin’s song from 1977 called “Got to Give It Up” The article written by Alec Kubas-Meyer, writer for the Daily Beast, starts off with a little background information about the song. Alec later goes on by discussing how the song had ‘rapey’ lyrics and how the song is portrayed differently from the G rated version to the unrated version. The article also talks about the infamous MTV performance finally touching on the lawsuit in the end. A settlement was issued between both parties but it is still possible this can go to trial and become a very big deal.
Alec’s targeted audience in this case would be teens to young adults who have an interest in Robin Thick or just music in general. The article also appeals to Marvin Gay followers who may have found it interesting that a current pop star might be using a legends beats. Likewise, many people in the field of law, students to professionals, could be interested in this topic because it is something that appeals to their interest. With this article written directly after the day it happened, it shows that the writer is on top of Robin and his life activities. Also, writing the article at the time it was written, Robin Thicke was getting a lot of publicity due to the song Blurred Lines. This meant that Robin was still interesting in the face of the media and readers would be interested in reading this article.
Kubas-Meyer, Alec. “‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit: A Definitive History of the Song’s (Many) Controversies.” The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2014.
“I wrote it about my wife’: Robin Thicke defends derogatory song Blurred Lines by claiming it was composed for Paula Patton” (Daily Mail)
With being one of the most controversial songs on the year, Carolyn Hiblen and Shyam Dodge compose an article in which Robin Thicke talks about all the criticism the song has been receiving for the past months. Thicke defended the song by saying it was a song for his wife and say how some of the lyrics were about her. He also added that the song was to celebrate his 20 year relationship with her. The authors do a good job in staying neutral and allowing Robin’s viewpoints about the song to be expressed and heard by the audience. The audiences in this case would be teens to young adults with and interest in music and especially Robin Thicke. Also, some of the audience that decide to read could have an interest in his wife Paula Patton as well. With the article written on the 14th of January, it was written on well renowned website at a time where Robin Thicke popularity was still rising. With 129 shares and 246 comments, one can easily see how this article appealed to a lot of people.
Hiblen, Carolyn. “‘I Wrote It about My Wife’: Robin Thicke Defends Derogatory Song Blurred Lines by Claiming It Was Composed for Paula Patton.” Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers, 14 Jan. 2014. Web. 06 Mar. 2014.