After having been removed from YouTube, a parody video of Robin Thicke‘s mega-hit Blurred Lines, which sees the shoe put on the other gender’s foot, has now had the ban lifted and can once again be viewed by one and all.
YouTube originally deemed the clip too offensive, citing “inappropriate content.” Interesting considering the parody only features half-naked male models, compared to the original’s half-naked female models.
In the parody version, it’s not just the props that have been altered. The lyrics focus on a sense of defining boundaries, rather than suggesting that a woman’s consent is a “blurred line,” for example:
“If you want to get nasty, just don’t harass me, you can’t just grab me / It’s a sex crime / We don’t want it, it’s chauvinistic.”
Given that this project was spearheaded by law students from Auckland University, a lot of thought has gone in to the amusing lyrical content, which manages to express a similar sense of contempt for the original wording many of us have. Furthermore, the students didn’t need anyone to rhyme the word “hug” for them.
YouTube seems to have reconsidered its stance on the “sexually explicit content” in the parody video, though perhaps the fact that the video was taken down in the first place is the greatest point it can possibly prove. Gigwise reports that the trio behind the video, students Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Zoe Ellwood, believe that their creation was actually removed for the portrayal of men as sex objects.
Watch: Robin Thicke ‘Blurred Lines’ Parody – Defined Lines