HALIFAX - Sex is great: Just don’t take a certain pop song literally these days, and remember to ask first says Kaleigh Trace.
Trace and friend Mary Burnet decided to write their own version of Robin Thicke’s hit single Blurred Lines, after Trace said she watched the explicit version of the video and listened closely to the lyrics.
“I realized it was a terrible, terrible song,” said Trace, who works with Burnet at Venus Envy in Halifax.
Thicke has caught a fair amount of criticism over the video, which shows nude models dancing around Thicke (dressed in a suit) as he sings “the way you grab me, must wanna get nasty” and “you know you want it.’
Trace said that line especially is “really gross.”
“It’s like a line that is so often used in terms of promoting a rape culture and upholding a system I don’t really think is helpful to women,” she said.
Thicke defended the song in GQ by saying since he and the other men in the video are married with kids, they were “the perfect guys to make fun of this.”
“People say, ‘Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?’ I’m like, ‘Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to do that before,’” Thicke said.
“That really got to me,” said Trace.
Burnet wrote their lyrics on her lunchbreak, and Trace said the duo got a group together to make the video in a Gottingen Street barber shop.
“Pop culture is so effective at spreading messages” Trace said. “It’s a great way of having fun, and we think that consent and sex-positivity is a pretty good message.”
Mostly, Trace said she wants people to realize a political message can be fun, and you don’t need to be degrading to get on the radio waves.
“I feel like there’s this trend to be risque, but often that risqueness is actually just a bit offensive,” Trace said on videos like Thicke’s and Justin Timberlake’s recent “Tunnel Vision” where the singer’s face is superimposed over dancing, nude women.
“The reason I like our video is that I do think it’s risque, but still totally inclusive,” Trace said.
Watch the video here.