Ariel Castro – Blurred Lines Media Mashup

2 08 2013

A recent spate of news stories on the denial of violence of sexual assault, from Yale University to Ariel Castro to the chorus of public apologists for Robin Thicke’s sexist “Blurred Lines” music video (lyrics)—which has grown to include not only the topless female models, the female director, and Thicke’s wife, but now his own father and mother too—led to the mashup below.

arielthickemashupthickemomAccording to RAINN, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States every two minutes, and only three out of every 100 rapists ever spends any time in jail.




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5 08 2013

Excellent analysis of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” in the context of male privilege and the rape culture it excuses, by Jimmy Johnson on Truthout:


Rape culture is Taranto’s “spirited defense” of someone convicted of sexual assault. Rape culture is the military’s rape epidemic and the mainstream press’ headlines warning that the “Military’s newly aggressive rape prosecution has pitfalls.” Rape culture is Taranto imagining sexual assault as ‘he said-she said’ debates and castigating those pushing for a measure of rapist accountability. Rape culture is the humiliation and shaming of survivors as sluts who wanted it, asked for it or deserved it. Rape culture is Rick Ross celebrating rape in rhyme. Rape culture is me not pointing out until this sentence that the above discussion of military rape doesn’t include military personnel and local allies raping Iraqi, Afghan, Okinawan and other women, men and children or how rape intersects with racist, colonialist and capitalist oppression. Rape culture is the police, inside interrogation rooms and on police procedurals, threatening people with a rape waiting for them in prison to coerce confessions and snitching or, alternately put, using rape as a coercive tool of state power. Rape culture is men flooding columnist Lindy West with rape threats last month after she suggested mild caution to comedians aspiring to make rape jokes. Rape culture is the media taking the side of the rapists in Steubenville. Rape culture is the world into which Robin Thicke brought “Blurred Lines.”


His certainty that his views on gendered violence are adequate are another part of patriarchy, male privilege. His voice, no matter his (absent) expertise, is adequate to define the boundaries of legitimate discourse whereas he dismisses an actual expert on gendered violence, Russell from Rape Crisis, as “ridiculous” and not deserving of a response.


INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
offers a tremendous intersectional toolbox for organizing against gendered violence and towards “safer, more liberatory communities.” Its approach starts with those most targeted by gendered violence – black, brown and colonized women and gender minorities. There’s no better place to start destroying rape culture and transforming ourselves to a society where hot beats, women comically strutting with whatever level of clothing they prefer and old man dances have nothing to do with rape.

10 03 2015

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams found guilty of plagiarizing Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” in their “Blurred Lines,” to the tune of $7.4 million.

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