It’s been a year since Robin Thicke took over the airwaves with his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” but feminists, sexual abuse advocates and critics alike aren’t over the dangerous themes and telling lyrics the crooner uses in the song.
So when VH1 and 37-year-old singer teamed up for a Twitter chat, using the hashtag #AskThicke, his opponents seized the opportunity to reach out to Robin directly—and they didn’t hold anything back!
Tweeters asked about everything—from his very public breakup with Paula Patton and subsequent displays of desperation, to that questionable suit and unforgettable performance with Miley—but most seemed to focus on Robin’s troubling lyrics.
Since the song’s release, lyrics like “I know you want it” have been at the center of discussion and criticism by rape victims and women’s advocates alike for the message it sends about consent.
But last night’s #AskThicke Twitter chat was their chance to get even. And the results included a worldwide trending topic and a chance to finally be heard—even at the cost of public humiliation for Robin.
Check out some of the best tweets:
If you HAD to choose, would you rather be remembered for a rape anthem, the public stalking of Paula or cultural appropriation?#AskThicke— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) June 30, 2014
#askthicke is misogyny a learnt trait or baby is it in your nature— eve (@eviemacready) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke if a woman says no but 'you know she wants it'. How many years in prison would you serve for statutory rape?— Wilbo (@Janus456) July 1, 2014
Do you want to be remembered as a rape apologist? Bear in mind we both know you believe no doesn't always mean no. #AskThicke— Bethany Black (@BethanyBlack) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke Robin, you're my favourite misogynist! Would you sign a picture of an apron for my daughter? She wants to be a Dr for Gods sake!— Danny Dyer (@DannyDyer5) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke When you're not busy objectifying women, making light of rape and justifying sexual violence, how do you like to relax?— Josephine Liptrott (@JoLiptrott) July 1, 2014
#askThicke If one of your songs played in a forest and no one was around to hear it would it still be sexist and gross?— Harsh Lauren (@LaurenHarsh1) July 1, 2014
What form of sexual or emotional abuse will you be normalising in your next jaunty hit? #AskThicke— Scriblit (@Scriblit) June 30, 2014