Although he’s released a handful of songs in the past and following the success of his new smash hit “Blurred Lines” (which features T.I and Pharrell Williams), singer Robin Thicke is now saying that white folks are trying to claim him.
Thicke recently dropped by New York City Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” in New York City to chat about his “Blurred Lines” single being a huge success around the world. The singer also claimed that white people are trying to “claim” him again.
“The biggest thing I think is [the success] internationally. I never had any love internationally. Being number one in like 80 countries,” the singer said about his “Blurred Lines” track being enjoyed around the globe. “I think the biggest thing in America is that now white people finally got on it. White people are trying to claim me.”
He then added, “After 20 years of making music, to have this kind of success. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I got the woman of my dreams. I have a healthy baby. This is just the best thing that could have every happened to me.”
The singer apparently isn’t ready to rest on his laurels. Thicke already has another video shoot lined up for this weekend. Since he wants to keep the buzz building, he intends to release a clip for Give It To You while promoting his latest album.
But of course, not everyone is a big fan of Blurred Lines. Some people have reportedly taken offense to some of the lyrics found in Robin Thicke’s breakout single.
The Inquisitr previously reported that the singer insists the song isn’t degrading to women. “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,” he explained.
The HuffingtonPost reports: Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” came under fire this summer when critics called the song misogynistic and even “rapey” for its boundary-pushing lyrics and scandalous music video which is chock-full of naked female models.
The criticism even came from other musical artists, with Sara Quin of the band Tegan and Sara saying this week, “I don’t want to go publicly on record saying I don’t like Robin Thicke or that song. It’s just…I struggle with some of it.”
Thicke only made things worse when he was asked about the controversy last month, joking, “What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman.”
“I made a bad joke early on and sometimes a bad joke goes a long way,” Thicke explained to Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on the “Today” show stage. “The idea was when we made this song, we had nothing but the most respect for women. I mean, I’ve been with the same woman since I was a teenager. For us, 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. We had no idea that it would stir this much controversy. We only had the best intentions.”
“I think that’s what great art does — it’s supposed to stir conversation, it’s supposed to make us talk about what’s important and what the relationships between men and women are,” Thicke added. “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.”
What’s your take on Robin’s comment about “White People” trying to claim him?
Robin also appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show last night, check out his “Blurred Lines” performance with Fallon and The Roots below:
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