Robin Thicke‘s management team have shown an incredibly poor sense of timing after teaming up with VH1 for a Twitter Q&A session with the singer. Thicke, who is currently promoting his new album, Paula, was met with a barrage of tweets disapproving of the subject matter in his songs.
The singer’s public image is at something of an all-time low since his breakthrough single, Blurred Lines, became reviled for being what many perceived as an anthem celebrating rape, and he launched a public campaign to win back his estranged wife, after whom his new album is named.
The response by Twitter citizens to the Q&A recalls the similar response that R&B singer R Kelly received during his own Twitter Q&A in December of last year. Instead of querying the singer about his then-latest album, most questions were centred on the star’s infamous legal indiscretions.
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— VH1 (@VH1) June 30, 2014
— Juke Skywalker (@TheCoolTeacher_) June 30, 2014
Robin Thicke is getting terrible abuse on the #AskThicke hashtag. Maybe If he'd dressed less provocative & stayed sober it wouldn't happen?
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) July 1, 2014
There's no need to #AskThicke. You know he wants it.
— Peff Soulsby (@Copperguts) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke do u gel ur hair with the grease from ur own personality
— spideypool (@MycroftLuvzCake) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke Do you need some lessons in using social media? If you say "No", we both know that actually means "Yes".
— Jamie Keen (@Keenooooo) July 1, 2014
— Pulin Modi (@IAmTomorrow) June 30, 2014
why do you never see baby pigeons? #AskThicke
— The Bypass Kid (@wrinklytimelord) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke if a woman says no but 'you know she wants it'. How many years in prison would you serve for statutory rape?
— Wilbo (@Janus456) July 1, 2014
If you put Vaseline on your eyeballs, and visit the zoo, do you see Blurred Lions, you big gimp? #AskThicke
— TittyBiscuits. (@dawneywawney) July 1, 2014
#AskThickeWhat's it like being the human personification of a mid life crisis?
— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke It might seem like some of the questions on this hashtag are cruel and abusive but Robin, I know you want it
— Kitty (@KittyKnits) July 1, 2014
You're stranded on a desert island, are you still a chauvinistic pig? #AskThicke
— Gearóidín McEvoy (@GaRoDean) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke hey, psst, whichever intern is reading these: I will straight up send you $1000 if you punch him in the balls
— Werner Heartthrob (@DuncanVB) July 1, 2014
What influenced you to change your lyrical style from incredibly rapey to disconcertingly stalkerish? #AskThicke
— Pooka (@halfabear) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke Has she called?
— davidviola (@davidviola) June 30, 2014
— Brittany Schray (@brittanyschray) June 30, 2014
#askthicke do you remember where we left the little key for the window
— Absolute Radio 00s (@AbsoluteRadio00) July 1, 2014