CHICAGO — Robin Thicke's hit single "Blurred Lines" has been the subject of criticism, accused of misogyny, sexism and objectifying women, and has launched dozens of covers and parodies, many of which critique his music video's content.
But for a group of Chicago drag queens and kings, the video — which features scantily-clad and nude women romping around the male vocalists — wasn't problematic at all, so they decided to embrace it with an homage.
"So many people were up in arms saying they were objectifying these women, so we wanted to take our own spin on it as drag queens: so we decided we're just gonna objectify all of ourselves," said Shea Couleé, who stars in their drag video, posted Wednesday. "Nobody knows more about blurred lines than us."
The cover stars Couleé and fellow Chicago performers Xandra Fairlawn and Dusty Bahls. Bahls, a.k.a. Lucy Wieczorek, directed the video, which was shot in her Andersonville apartment in a single afternoon.
"We're trying to say that objectification isn't great for anybody, but it happens to everybody, so we should just put it out there and try to have fun with it," Couleé said.
"There's nothing wrong with [objectification]. It happens; it's something that we all do as humans. So we were like, let's just make light of it, and objectify everybody... We're equal opportunity when it comes to objectification."