American supermodel Emily Ratajkowski stated that she was sexually abused on the set of the music video for the hit “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. The video with the model’s participation brought her worldwide fame. The production was criticized due to accusations of promoting a culture of rape.
In her latest book, “My Body”, 30-year-old Emily Ratajkowski, a model and actress of Polish descent, accuses singer Robin Thicke of touching her without permission during the recording of the 2013 music video “Blurred Lines”. The video brought the 22-year-old model world recognition. The allegations were first reported in the Sunday Times.
Other models also starred in the video – Jessi M’Bengue and Elle Evans, as well as singer Pharrell Williams and rapper TI. The video was published in two versions: censored and uncensored, with women topless.
The 44-year-old singer did not respond to a request from BBC journalists for comment on the matter.
Ratajkowski, 30, says Thicke “came back on set a little drunk to only perform with me.”
Out of nowhere, I felt the chill of unfamiliar hands cupping my bare breasts from behind. I instinctively pulled away, looking back at Robin, “she wrote. She described how she felt” humiliated “at the time.
Production director Diane Martel told The Sunday Times that she remembers the alleged incident. – I remember the moment he touched her breast. He was standing behind her, she recalled. She added that Thicke was to apologize to Ratajkowski for this later.
Hit production in the heat of criticism
“Blurred Lines” topped the charts all over the world. He reached the number one spot on the American Hot 100 charts, among others, where he stayed for 12 weeks – the longest in 2013. He was at the forefront of recordings in 2013 in Poland. The single also became the most downloaded song of all time in the UK in 2014.
The text and the music video were heavily criticized in the past. The allegations were that the song’s chorus alluded to sex without consent. Some critics have assessed that both the song and the music video promote a so-called rape culture. Pharrell Williams later admitted that he was “embarrassed” by the lyrics.
Thicke himself defended the video. In 2013, he told the BBC that his critics had not “understood” the message. In 2015, he told New York Times journalists that the lyrics were not supposed to have sexual connotations. “I have never written and would never have written a song with such a negative message,” he assured.
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