Robin Thicke says he had little to do with controversial 'Blurred Lines' video
Christina Commisso, CTVNews.ca
Published Tuesday, August 13, 2013 10:28AM EDT
Robin Thicke says he set out to make a "silly and funny" video for his summer smash 'Blurred Lines', which has generated plenty of buzz after being banned from YouTube for its nudity.
"I had nothing to do with the video," Thicke told CTV's Canada AM on Tuesday. "I'd love to take credit for it, I totally would, but I was really just a bystander at that point."
Thicke says his sixth studio album, also title Blurred Lines, is a departure from his past work, which he describes as introspective, soul-searching-type music.
"I've always made music that came from my heart," he said. "But with this album, I really just wanted to make something that was an escapist album."
Along with the video, the 'Blurred Lines' lyrics have also come under fire, with some critics calling the song misogynistic.
A U.K. charity that offers services to rape victims, for example, has slammed the song, saying certain lyrics are sexually violent.
The chorus goes: “I hate these blurred lines / I know you want it / The way you grab me / Must wanna get nasty.”
However, Thicke said the lyrics are just meant to be playful.
"When Pharrell and I wrote this song, we had no ill-intention," he said, adding that he had little to do with the risqué video.
"I just wanted to make a really silly, funny video and then the director said, 'What if the girls are topless?'"
After filming two versions of the video, Thicke considered not releasing the explicit version, which features topless models prancing around the singer.
"It’s a little risqué," he said. "And then I showed it to my wife and her friends and they all went bananas over it. And they all said put it out."
He said his wife, actress Paula Patton, was very excited about the video.
"She's my creative partner," he said. "She actually helped with many of the things on the video."