As the summer of 2013 home stretches into back-to-school shopping, “Dancing with the Stars” handicapping, and an imminent thirst for pumpkins, it’s fair to assess the season’s music offerings. Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, and Miley Cyrus scored the pop hits. Thicke in particular won the summer with “Blurred Lines,” a song we’ve already covered.
“Blurred Lines” stills stings because its overt objectification—chiefly the version of the video with the naked models and Thicke’s snarling use of the word “bitch”—has not inspired the backlash it warrants. It’s a problem. More than the flavorless easy wholesale lifting of the good parts of “Got to Give it Up Part II” it’s just a really ugly party anthem because the song is welded to its deplorable video. Probably the worst offender since “Cherry Pie.”
To that end, we gathered the A-Team and had a roundtable discussion over email for three weeks. And you thought Kendrick Lamar was just going to walk on his lazy rhyming.