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Remember last year when we told you that quite a few people considered Robin Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines,” to be a rape song? Yeah, well, that feeling is still prevalent in 2014 it seems, and at a school in Boston, students protested Thicke’s concert last night to make it clear that they were not down with him or his music.
In early February, students at Boston University who are part of the group, Humanists of Boston University, started a petition to get Thicke’s concert at their school’s arena, scheduled for March 4, cancelled. They believed that having Thicke perform at Agganis Arena would make the school look “out of touch” with the realities of sexual violence. The Change.org petition had almost 3,000 supporters. In a statement about their petition, the Humanists of BU said this:
“Thicke’s hit song, ‘Blurred Lines,’ celebrates having sex with women against their will. Lyrics such as, ‘I know you want it,’ explicitly use non-consensual language…Clearly, Boston University has been a bedrock for feminism and ideologies of equality more generally. It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university. We kindly suggest that BU cancel Thicke’s performance, refund any ticket sales, and apologize for insinuating that sexism, or any form of baseless discrimination, is permissible at our institution.”
The school responded by saying that they didn’t set up the concert, it’s just taking place at the campus’ arena, so the show was not cancelled. In response to this, the same protesters took to Thicke’s concert last night, at the box office and in front of the doors, to speak against the song, Thicke and the concert. According to the Daily Mail, the students, BOTH men and women, held up signs and spoke to the press about their issue with the song.
Humanists of BU president, Patrick Johnson, told the student newspaper, The Daily Free Press, that “‘I find the lyrical insinuations, and especially the graphic insinuations in the music video, to represent a justification for rape.”
But the show did go on, and of course, it included a performance of “Blurred Lines.” No statements or responses from Thicke and his team on the protest, but Thicke has spoken about people saying “Blurred Lines” is a rape-y song before, and tried to clarify what the lyrics are really about. At the time he made reference to his wife, Paula Patton, though the two are now going through a separation:
“For me it was about blurring the lines between two things: Number one, men and women and how much we’re the same. My wife she’s as strong as I am, smart if not smarter, stronger, and she’s an animal too. She doesn’t need a man to define her or to define her existence. So the song is really about women are everything that a man is a can do anything a man can do. And then there’s the other side of it which is, the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl. Even very good girls have little bad side to them. You just have to pull it out of them.”
After hearing it nonstop last year, I’m just over “Blurred Lines” in general. But what do you think about the student protest?
When I first heard that Paula Patton had announced a separation between she and her husband, Robin Thicke I was genuinely shocked. They seemed so happy together. They were just on the red carpet at the Grammys kissing and hugging and what not. Of course Robin had been photographed groping and canoodling with women who weren’t his wife, but I thought we had all come to the conclusion that Thicke and Patton were in an open relationship.
Of course there was never any proof of this but Robin’s interview on OWN for Oprah’s Next Chapter was pretty telling.
When Oprah asked Robin about the infamous picture of him palming that girl’s booty, he initially tried to brush it off as “trick photography,” a “joke that got filmed.”
But then when Oprah asked how Paula felt about this, Robin’s answer was quite interesting:
It’s never easy once it’s in the press. That’s the problem. I think that’s what you have to deal with in a celebrity type marriage. Let’s just say that everybody had a good time that night.
Paula and I have had some wild, fun parties during our illustrious marriage. And now we realize, you can’t even come into the after party without a confidentiality agreement.
Of course that’s not an admission or anything but it is interesting right? You may remember Paula was there the evening the butt grab occurred. She had a good time that night? In other words, while you were feeling up on another woman, your wife was having a good night? Interesting.
We certainly know he was joking about the confidentiality agreements but you know what they say about humor, it’s rooted in deep truths. Some wild stuff is going down in those parties.
So for arguments sake, if their relationship is indeed open, there has to be another reason why Paula is calling for this separation, a separation Robin didn’t seem to know about.
It’s interesting that Robin Thicke even spoke to TMZ in the airport but not only did he speak to them he confirmed that he was trying to get Paula back.
This is all theoretical but since the summer has passed and the heat around “Blurred Lines” is starting to cool, perhaps the PR team is trying to cook up a scandal to keep both of their names in the news. And what’s better than fighting for a 20 year relationship. It’s beautiful right?
What really made me believe that something was awry was when Paula got on Instagram and posted these textigrams. The first one read: “Everything happens for a reason” and the second “If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was and it’s not meant to be.”
Does this sound like a Mariah Carey song to anyone else? This is the type of stuff we used to be on in middle school. If the something you’re thinking about letting go is your husband and father of your child, perhaps you shouldn’t be so quick to play these games. Furthermore, since Robin is Julian’s father, can you ever really let him go? Nah.
They’re both being very open about all of this. In his most recent concerts, Robin Thicke has been singing about his lady love, telling the audience that she, Paula, told him to tell the audience that he’s trying to win her back. Well doesn’t that give “Lost Without You” a much deeper meaning.
People keep saying that Robin embarrassed Paula. I’m not so sure. It’s possible; but if you ask me, I’m much more inclined to believe that all of this is a ploy to keep us talking about the both of them. We’ve seen time and time again how scandal can work wonders for a career and in this case, two.
But I’m always looking for a conspiracy theory. I could be crazy.
What do you think? Does the Patton, Thicke split feel like a publicity stunt to you?
‘I’m Not Going Without A Fight:’ Robin Thicke Reportedly Breaks Down During Post-Separation Peformance
Earlier this week we told you that Hollywood “It” couple Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced that they would be separating. Though it appeared that the split was a joint decision, it later came out that Paula is actually the one who wanted to leave, while Robin is still keeping hope alive for reconciliation. Just yesterday footage surfaced on TMZ of Robin telling one paparazzo that he’s ”just trying to get her back.”
Apparently that was just the beginning of his campaign to save his marriage. According to The YBF, one fan who attended the singer’s recent performance at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia says Robin got a little emotional just before launching into his 2006 hit, “Lost Without You.” The fan went on to say that he even addressed the separation.
“Y’all know I’m going through a separation, but I’m not going without a fight,” Robin reportedly told his audience. “I want my baby back.”
Fans say he also got “choked up” during a few of his other songs. I’m sort of hoping that Robin and Paula can find a way to work through their issues, but then again, their official reason for splitting up after nearly 10 years of marriage is still unclear. So only God knows what has been going on behind closed doors.
Do you think Robin will be able to “win” her back?
On Monday everyone went into a bit of a state of shock when People released a statement from Paula Patton announcing that she and Robin Thicke would be getting divorced after being together some 20 years. Even if the split was somewhat expected — given the suspect behavior we’ve witnessed between Robin and other women lately — what wasn’t expected was the way in which it seems Robin’s been blind-sided. Rumor has it Paula announced the separation on her own and Robin rushed back to be by her side and talk their problems out, cancelling a few concerts along the way. Well now the singer has taken to his website to make his first statement since we heard this news. In a message to his fans he wrote:
I want to thank everyone for the well wishes these last few days. My fans mean everything to me. I’m looking forward to getting back on out on the road and performing in Washington DC this Thursday, and the rest of the tour. Looking forward to seeing everyone out there!
On Tuesday Robin was supposed to perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, N,C, but dropped out, seemingly because of his family turmoil. Harrah’s wrote on their website:
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Robin Thicke will postpone his performance at Harrah’s Cherokee originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 25. This concert will be rescheduled and the new date announced as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
As of now, it seems Robin is prepared to push through the rest of his concert tour. No word yet on what that means for any reconciliation efforts between him and Paula.
Yesterday we reported on the shocking news that Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced that they are separating after nearly 10 years of marriage.
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time,” their statement reads.
While it wasn’t made clear why the high school sweethearts have decided to throw in the towel, many are wondering if Robin’s popularity with the ladies had something to do with it. This past summer the “Blurred Lines” singer was photographed squeezing on the backside of 20-year-old Lana Scolaro at a VMAs after-party. Following the incident, Lana spoke with multiple publications, with her last interview being the most explosive. She insisted that there was quite a story behind the photo and that Robin tried to sleep with her that very same night—despite the fact that his now-estranged wife, Paula, was just a few feet away.
“I don’t think he cared what she [Paula] thought. I was with him the whole night!” she exclaimed. “His hands were everywhere…I went to the bathroom, and when I came out he was standing there. He turned off the lights so no one could see us, and he started making out with me. He was grabbing me. He was like, ‘I want to get you into bed!’”
Apparently Lana’s comments struck a nerve with Paula, who had her reps respond to the claims.
“It’s just a girl looking for some attention. Paula and Robin aren’t concerned,” Paula’s spokesperson said.
After learning of Robin and Paula’s split, Lana spoke with TMZ, expressing that she definitely doesn’t believe she’s the only woman Robin has attempted to cheat on Paula with.
“Robin acting like that with me makes me think there were many more. It’s a shame because when you have a kid, it’s upsetting.”
Interestingly, that doesn’t mean she would be opposed to hooking up with him again.
“I’d love to grab a drink with him if he asked,” she said.
And in other Robin Thicke and Paula Patton news, sources are claiming that the couple’s marital problems are actually the reason Robin cancelled his last two shows in Atlanta and Orlando. According to the source, Paula is the one who pulled the plug on their marriage after growing weary of their constant fighting. When Robin learned of her decision on Friday, he reportedly canceled his show by claiming that he was experiencing throat problems and flew to Vancouver, where Paula is currently shooting a movie, to make his final plea.
Another source tells TMZ that after their face-to-face chat, it became apparent that Paula’s mind was made up, so Robin reluctantly agreed to separate. He canceled his Orlando show the following day to spend time with their son, Julian.
Sad news to report ladies and gents. It seems that after almost 10 years of marriage and being together since they were teenagers, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton have decided to separate.
According to PEOPLE, the couple sent them a statement today where they said that they mutually decided to move on from one another.
“We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.”
The couple are parents to 3-year-old Julian Fuego Thicke. While they have always seemed like the perfect couple (remember when she starred in his video for “Lost Without You”?), with last year’s success of Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” came a lot more attention on the pair and their relationship, as well as a lot more attention from women for Thicke. Not only was he seen at one point with his hand on the backside of a young woman after the VMAs last summer, but just last month he was seen in Paris with a woman who seemed to be all over him. However, the couple hasn’t provided a reason for why they are parting ways.
Whatever the reasoning, this is pretty sad, especially since the two have a son together. We’re hoping they just need a break for now and will be able to work things out soon.
In an interview with Black Hollywood Thoughts, TGT member and crooner Tank talked about R&B music. I know we’re a tad bit exhausted by artists claiming it’s dead and that there’s too much sex being sung about, but he made some very interesting points. He talked about why you can’t hear real R&B ballads on the radio these days, why Pharrell’s “Happy” is a real R&B record, and why he thinks Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, the blue-eyed soul singers, are making better R&B than most black folks these days:
The Lack Of Radio Play For Ballads and Real R&B:
Name the last time you actually heard an R&B ballad or even mid-tempo played on mainstream radio. You won’t. It’s not exciting enough to them anymore. We’ve moved out of the age of romance and meeting the mom and the father before you take the girl out. Now it’s Twitter and Instagram and everything’s happening so fast that a ballad actually takes too long for the payoff.
So, people actually really singing is too much to think about. Like, ‘I can’t sing along with that. Where’s the guy with the Auto-Tune? I can do that.’ And people are so far into the state of reality and being able to feel like they’re apart of it that it’s actually them, that if it’s too far above their heads, then they can’t relate.
Getting R&B Back To Its Essence:
We have to get back to making R&B for everybody. Not just for one place in time. Not just for the bedroom. Not just for the bathroom. If you think about it, “Happy” is an R&B record that Pharrell just made. That’s an old school, throwback R&B record. That’s what R&B used to sound like.
We have to get back to that. Making that kind of music. “Happy.” So we can sing on the Oscars, along with Pharrell, who’s–him, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake who are leading the charge in R&B music. We can’t hate! We can’t hate on what it is! The truth is what it is. And Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are doing R&B music better than us. We need to catch up.
Tank also took to Twitter to elaborate on what he was trying to say after the fact:
“When R&B artist start singing about more than just sex and the club we’ll get our life back!.. #truth”
“Check my singles and get back to me if u have something to say on the subject!.. #ileadbyexample”
“Don’t pick an artist to direct my statement towards! The R&B community as a whole is in jeopardy! We ALL have work to do!..”
I hear what Tank is saying, but there are actually some very talented people making amazing R&B albums these days that might not get the same shine in the mainstream, and while I love JT (who even writes for Bey and Rihanna from time to time) and can appreciate Robin Thicke, they’re not doing it that much better than a Janelle Monae, a Miguel, a Frank Ocean, a Ledisi, a Solange and more. It’s just easier for them to get their music to the masses and on the main stage at awards and more. But just because someone’s music is not number one on radio (who really listens to radio like that these days though?) doesn’t mean R&B isn’t thriving just because what we hear from those R&B artists on the radio sounds more like pop.
But what do you think about what he had to say?
Los Angeles is the place to be right now and all weekend, celebs have been spotted out getting their Grammys weekend partying on! A few of the folks you love to talk about were spotted at the Roc Nation Brunch, Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Party and a plethora of other events. Check out the pics and let us know who you’re feeling!
Both Rihanna and Willow Smith hit the Roc NAtion Brunch:
And that night, even more stars flocked to Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hills Hilton:
Check the next page for even more pics of some of your faves at Saturday night’s big affair!
Being in love is always a great feeling and it’s even greater to share it with the world, like these artists who weren’t shy about having their boos star in a music video with them for all to see.
Usher and Chilli
In 2001, Chilli made a lot of women jealous after she started dating Usher. Although their relationship only lasted for two years, that was enough time for Chilli to appear in two of Usher’s videos: “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have To Call.” After their relationship came to an end, many speculated the songs off of Usher’s Confessions album (which hinted of an affair and a love child) were about their relationship, but the TLC member revealed that Jermaine Dupri’s love life was really the inspiration behind it all.
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When copyright infringement claims got ugly between Robin Thicke and the family of late singer Marvin Gaye over Robin’s “Blurred Lines” song last summer, publishing company Sony/ATV was pulled into the middle of the drama as well. As previously reported, Sony/ATV holds the publishing rights to both Robin’s “Blurred Lines” and Marvin’s “Got To Give It Up” and a couple of other tracks, which Robin is also being accused of copying from Marvin. The Gayes felt that Sony/ATV failed to uphold their fiduciary duty and failed to remain a neutral party in the dispute. As a result, the family requested that Sony/ATV relinquish their rights to distribute Marvin’s song catalog and forfeit all profits from “Blurred Lines.”
“Not only did EMI (owned by Sony/ATV) fail to bring this action, which is necessary to carry out EMI’s duties to protect the Gaye Family’s copyrights,” reads court papers filed on behalf of the Gaye family. “EMI attempted to dissuade the Gaye Family from pursuing this action by repeated threats and tactics to intimidate the Gaye Family and its representatives.”
“There is a strong likelihood that conflicts of interest, such as the one in the present case, will arise again between the EMI Defendants and the Gaye Family. Based upon the blatant and egregious breach of the EMI Defendants’ fiduciary duty and their covenant of good faith and fair dealing, the EMI Defendants have proven that they cannot be trusted to remain neutral and impartial, and that they are unworthy of the level of trust and professional conduct which is required of a copyright administrator charged with protecting the Gaye Family’s important interests in copyrighted works created by Marvin Gaye. The Gaye Family should not be compelled to remain in this contractual relationship.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the battle over “Blurred Lines” is far from over; however, Sony/ATV recently reached a settlement agreement with Marvin’s family. Terms of the settlement agreement were not made public, but from the looks of things, the publishing company will no longer have to defend itself against the Gayes. Sony isn’t totally in the clear yet though. As things continue to progress with the case between the Gayes and Robin, the company may be asked to explain exactly why they didn’t find the songs to be similar.