Given the massive controversy -- not to mention runaway success -- of Robin Thicke's summer hit "Blurred Lines," it's not surprising that someone eventually decided to create a gender-reversed version of the video. Luckily for us, the newest parody, created by Mod Carousel, is clever, thought-provoking and very sexy.
Mod Carousel, a Seattle-based boylesque troupe, recreated the video with Caela Bailey, Sydni Deveraux and Dalisha Phillips on vocals, standing in for the original video's Thicke, Pharrell and T.I., respectively. Carousel's own Trojan Original, Paris Original and the Luminous Pariah play the roles of the half-clothed (or mostly naked, depending on the version) models present in the Thicke video.
The lyrics are tweaked a bit, too. "I'm going to take a good boy," Bailey sings, continuing, "You're just so manly. ... You're the hottest d**k in this place." Later, the balloons that Thicke's original video used to spell out "Robin Thicke Has A Big D" have been replaced with a balloon message that reads "R Balloons Sex." Other props in the new video include a stuffed tiger, a stationary bike, a giant sword and a race car -- all put to good use by members of the Mod Carousel troupe, who are decked out in heels, thongs and some expertly applied makeup.
Thicke's original video, which earlier topped the Billboard's Hot 100, has been blasted as disparaging to women and even "rape-y" by critics such as The Daily Beast's Tricia Romano.
In response, the video's director, Diane Martel, publicly defended the video's use of female nudity, claiming that the models are actually "subtly ridiculing" the men. One of the models, Emily Ratajkowski, has also defended the project, telling Esquire that the models were "directed to have a sort of confidence, a sarcastic attitude about the whole situation. That eye contact and that attitude really puts us in a power situation."
Still, not everyone is quite sold on the effectiveness of this so-called female empowerment. Writing in the About section of its YouTube parody video, Mod Carousel addresses some of its own concerns with the original "Blurred Lines."
"It's our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and does everyone a disservice," the group explains. "We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions."
In the words of Jezebel's Lindy West, "Love it."
(Hat tip, Jezebel)
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