Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines Video Banned From YouTube

Robin Thicke has hit a little controversy, thanks to a music video. About a week ago, Thicke debuted a brand new video for the song “Blurred Lines”. Featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, the track is a fun summer anthem song that feels a little risqué, offering vocal parts from each of the three men. If the song feels a little risqué, the unrated music video crosses even more lines, eventually even getting banned from YouTube.

If there’s one thing YouTube hates, it’s nudity, so the banning should be no surprise. The unrated video features both scantily clad and naked women, as well as graphic wordplay like “Robin Thicke Has A Big D” flashing across the screen. Yesterday, YouTube decided the video wasn’t a good fit for its website and shut the unrated version of “Blurred Lines” down, although a tamer version of the track is still available on the video viewing site. The video is still available on other Internet sites, including Vevo, as noted by Thicke.

“YouTube took down the Unrated version of #BLURREDLINES because it was too hot! You can still view it here on @VEVO”

If you’ve caught the unrated version, you know that while the guys stay clothed, there are more than a few shots of women’s breasts and bottoms present in the video. It’s more distracting than the average bump and grind present in many rap and pop videos and equally as purposeless, making the video potentially offensive to plenty of groups, including other women. Thicke has every right to make whatever sort of video he wants, but he shouldn’t be shocked when he receives some resistance to a video full of naked women from outlets like YouTube. YouTube may not like it, I may not dig it, but according to ABC news, Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton, approved the video, so at least the man has that going for him.

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