Robin Thicke says it was not him but his wife, actress Paula Patton, who made the final decision to use naked models in the controversial video for his hit single “Blurred Lines.”
“My initial response, actually, was [that] I love the clothed version and I don’t think we should put out the naked version,” Thicke, 36, revealed in an interview with BBC1 Radio Monday. “Then I showed it to my wife and all her girlfriends and they said, ‘You have to put this out. This is so sexy and so cool.’”
The “naked version” of the video for Thicke’s song featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams landed the singer in the middle of controversy after it was released in April and banned by YouTube for its racy content, featuring the three performers cavorting with naked models.
The controversy only increased the interest in the video as it gained millions of views and the song became a Billboard hit. Thicke told BBC1 Radio that the controversy is overblown.
“Oh, you know, that’s only for extra-religious people,” he said.
In the U.K., where Thicke’s interview took place, critics blasted the song’s lyrics, such as “I know you want it,” for being “explicitly sexually violent.”
“I mean, I can’t dignify that with a response,” Thicke said in reply to critics calling the song misogynistic. “That’s ridiculous.”
Even Thicke’s defense of his video sparked controversy after he told the BBC1 that, “Even very good girls have … a little bad side to them. You just have to know how to pull it out of them.”
The Daily Beast’s Tricia Romano told ABC News, “I don’t buy his explanation. I also think the idea that a woman has a good-girl side and a bad-girl side is really outdated.
“You’ve got these three guys who are clothed and the women are not,” she said of the video.
Thicke, the son of former “Growing Pains” star Alan Thicke, says his eight-year marriage to Patton, the mother of his two-year-old son, has kept his intentions pure.
“I’ve always been a gentleman,” he said. “I’ve been in love with the same woman since I was a teenager so, you know, I don’t want to do anything that’s inappropriate.”