15 October 2013 by

As Charlotte Church Calls Robin Thicke ‘Misogynistic’, We Catch Up With The Director Of THAT Blurred Lines Video

Charlotte Church [Getty]

Charlotte Church has added the debate on the portrayal of women in music and misogyny. As part of BBC Radio 6 Music’s Peel Lecture the singer singled out the Robin Thicke and the video’s director Diane Martel.  Charlotte said: “It is highly disappointing to note that the director of this crass and misogynistic video is a woman Diane Martel, who also captured Miley Cyrus’s twerking for the first time in the video for We Can’t Stop.”  

“The Blurred Lines video which had the biggest part in jettisoning a song by a mediocre artist into the biggest track of the year was on YouTube for just under a week before it was taken down and remains on Vimeo without any age restrictions.”

Earlier this year we spoke to Diane about the video and how it actually shows the women being in control, calling it ‘sex positive feminism’.

As Charlotte Church Calls Robin Thicke ‘Misogynistic’, We Catch Up With The Director Of THAT Blurred Lines Video

Robin Thicke in Blurred Lines [YouTube]

She told us: "Blurred Lines played with the "male gaze" while being entertaining. The naked, sexy women are dominant, the men are submissive. Emily is rolling her eyes and not getting up or getting down. There is a lamb. There is a giant pointing finger. There is a scary alien. There is a stop sign on Emily’s ass. There is a balloon sculpture that reads: "Robin Thicke has a big d***".'"

'This video is not made by a hetero male. It is made by a hetero female who enjoys photographing women’s bodies and is f***ing with pop culture tropes.'

'It undermines the deadly serious tone of women as decoration that we see in most ads and videos. It’s charming and ridiculous. Is this lost on the viewers? I suppose some people see tits some sort of alarm goes off - this says more about the viewer than the object viewed.'

Emily [Ratajkowski] in Blurred Lines is one of these girls. She’s strong with a voice, but also very sensual and comfortable with herself. This is why she’s so important in the video. She doesn’t need approval; she mocks and ridicules. She refuses to kiss a pop star’s ass in his own video.'

'This to me is sex positive feminism.'"

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Lucy Sinead Heyes (Tue Oct 15 18:26:11 BST 2013): The argument that this isn't misogynistic falls flat when you listen to the lyrics. Women can be misogynists too and purporting to be ironic is no excuse for giving air space to the views in this song.
Lindsey Henning (Tue Oct 15 21:42:06 BST 2013): Agreed.
Annie Olivera Golubovic (Tue Feb 25 15:41:48 GMT 2014): If you listen to other Robin Thicke songs you quickly realise this sorry excuse for a man is misplacedly arrogant and very misogynistic indeed.