There's no need to read between the lines!
Robin Thicke is feeling the love (in the USA, anyway) after receiving an American Music Awards nomination for his smash-hit single "Blurred Lines." The 36-year-old singer is up against Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ("Thrift Shop") and Florida Georgia Line ("Cruise") in the Single of the Year category.
But many people can't seem to get Thicke's controversial performance of the song with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards out of their minds. (Most notably, the singer's mother, Gloria Loring, who told omg!: "'Oh, Lord, have mercy … I was not expecting her to be putting her butt that close to my son. The problem is now I can never 'unsee' it.'")
"'That's all on her,'" he says of the twerk-heavy duet. "'People ask me, 'Do you twerk?' I'm like, 'Listen, I'm the twerkee. I'm twerked upon' … I was on stage. I didn't see it. So to me, I'm walking out towards Miley [and] I'm not thinking sex. I'm thinking fun, you know? I mean her and I don't have that kind of -- You have to remember, I'm singing my butt off. I'm sitting there. I'm looking up at the sky, and I'm not really paying attention to all that.'"
Of course, Thicke didn't need a twerky MTV performance to make headlines with his hit song.
"Blurred Lines" has been controversial since the moment it was released earlier this year, thanks in no small part to the racy accompanying music video, which features Thicke and pals Pharrell Williams and T.I. dancing with a bevy of topless models.
Then there's the song's lyrics, which some read to be disrespectful towards women, promoting non-consensual sex with lyrics that include "I know you want it."
The song has been pulled from daytime TV in the UK after it was used in an offensive Dr. Dre's Beats Pill ad, and it's even been banned from being played at a UK university campus due to its "rape culture" theme. A lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family regarding copyright issues is the icing on the cake for the scandalous song.
Thicke told the BBC the song is misunderstood in the UK: "'I don't think people got it out here in those positions of power. … I think the kids get it. … I just have to deal with that."
"'We were just trying to make a funny song and sometimes the lyrics can get misconstrued when you're just trying to put people on the dance floor and have a good time,'" he said. "'We had no idea that it would stir this much controversy. We only had the best intentions. … If you listen to the lyrics, it says, 'That man is not your maker.' It's actually a feminist movement within itself. It's saying that women and men are equals as animals and as power. It doesn't matter if you're a good girl or a bad girl, you can still have a good time.'"
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