Sunday, December 8, 2013
Robin Thicke's Grammy Nominations
Robin Thicke was nominated for multiple Grammys, including Best Record and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Blurred Lines" and I am really upset about it. The media portrays the Grammys as the biggest event in the music industry. It is supposed to recognize the creative genius of performers and often launches and reaffirms the tremendous success of nominees and winners. So when I woke up this morning and read that "Blurred Lines," a horrible song that objectifies and dehumanizes women was one of very few to be selected as the "best" of the year I was outraged. The decision demonstrates that Grammy voters not only tolerated the abusive language of the song, but thought it was praise worthy. This is a song that contains the line, "OK now he was close, tried to domesticate you, but you're an animal, baby it's in your nature." These lyrics advocate a message of sexual violence and it's terribly immoral, disappointing, and dangerous that the Grammys might award Robin Thicke with the biggest honor in the industry. What message does it send to children and teenagers that these degrading songs are not only allowed to be played on the radio but also are recognized as the "best" by the institution Americans consider to be the authority on music in society? It all relates back to what we learned in Miss Representation---misogyny continues to permeate the media and impede the progression of women's rights in the United States.