A TikTok musician has rewritten the lyrics to Robin Thicke’s controversial song Blurred Lines to make it about seeking consent in sexual encounters.
The song, co-created with Pharrell and T.I., has been lambasted for its misogynistic tone.
The music video shows women, including Emily Ratajkowski, prancing around wearing nothing but thongs as the fully dressed singer ogle them and whisper ‘I know you want it’ in their ears, sparking a global debate over whether it undermined consensual sex.
In addition, silver balloons spell out ‘Robin Thicke has a big d***’ and verse three of the song’s lyrics are: ‘I’ll give you something big enough to tear your a** in two.’
The song returned to headlines earlier this year when Emily Ratajkowski alleged that Robin Thicke groped her on the set of the music video in her biography, My Body and admitted she felt ‘uncomfortable’ filming.
Now, eight years after the song was released, Toronto-based TikTok user Devon Cole, 23, has rewritten the song from the perspective of a woman explaining the rules of consent to a man harassing her.
Toronto-based artist Devon Cole, who has more than 146,600 followers on TikTok, has rewritten 2013’s Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke from the perspective of a woman explaining the rules of consent to a man harassing her
Devon changed the lyrics of the song to explain what consent is, singing ‘Just cause’ I dress flashy don’t mean you can grab be’ and ‘If I don’t want it, then I don’t want it, and I don’t want it’
The 2013 song Blurred Lines got a mixed reception when it was released, but still topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Pictured: Robin Thicke and model Emily Ratajkowski in the video
The original lyrics to Blurred Lines…
If you can’t hear what I’m trying to say (hey girl, come here)/ If you can’t read from the same page (hey)/ Maybe I’m going deaf (hey, hey, hey)/ Maybe I’m going blind (hey, hey, hey)/ Maybe I’m out of my mind, mind (hey, hey, hey)
Okay, now he was close/ Tried to domesticate you/ But you’re an animal/ Baby, it’s in your nature (meow)/ Just let me liberate you (hey, hey, hey)/ You don’t need no takers (hey, hey, hey)/ That man is not your maker (hey, hey, hey)
And that’s why I’m gon’ take a good girl (everybody get up)/ I know you want it (hey)/ I know you want it/ I know you want it/ You’re a good girl (hey, hey)/ Can’t let it get past me (oh yeah)/ You’re far from plastic (alright)/ Talkin’ ’bout getting blasted
What do they make dreams for/ When you got them jeans on? (Why?)/ What do we need steam for?/ You the hottest b**** in this place/ I feel so lucky (hey, hey, hey)/ You wanna hug me (hey, hey, hey)/ What rhymes with hug me? (Hey, hey, hey)/ Hey (everybody get up)
I hate these blurred lines (hate them lines)/ I know you want it (I hate them lines)/ I know you want it (I hate them lines)/ I know you want it/ But you’re a good girl (good girl)/ The way you grab me (hustle gang, homie)/ Must wanna get nasty (let go) (I say Rob)/ Go ahead, get at me (let me holla at ’em real quick)
… and Devon’s viral version on TikTok
The talented 23-year-old rewrote the lyrics to focus on consent and the experience from the woman’s point of view…
Since you can’t hear what I’m trying say/ Goes in one ear, out the other way/ Say you could go right now/ But I’m not so inclined/ And you ain’t changing my mind/
Ok now here we go/ You’re flagging down the waiter/ Just cuz you paid for dinner/ Don’t mean I owe you a favour/ Won’t have another round/ Could probably do without/ Oh did I let you down?/ You’re acting foolish
Haven’t you heard?/ If I don’t want it/ Then I don’t want it/ And I don’t want it/ My body’s not something that you earn/ And I got boundaries/ You’d know hat about me/ If you had asked me
Just cause I dress flashy/ Don’t me you can grab me/ Now you’re tryna blast me/ Time someone put you in your place/ Don’t owe you nothin’/ Remember one thing/ It ain’t seduction/ If it’s not a discussion
There ain’t no blurred lines/ If I don’t want it/ Then I don’t want it/ And I won’t want it/ Won’t be persuaded you should relearn/ That I got boundaries/ You’d know that about me/ If you had asked me
For example, Devon sings ‘Since you can’t hear what I’m trying to say’ instead of the original song’s, ‘If You can’t here what I’m trying to say.’
She adds ‘If I don’t want it, then I don’t want it, and I don’t want it’, instead of the original ‘I know you want it’.
The video has taken TikTok by storm, and has gathered more than 1.4 million views.
Speaking to FEMAIL, she said: ‘I was listening to a podcast and the hosts started talking about Blurred Lines and how it perpetuates rape culture.
‘At the time, I was already doing a series where I rewrite popular songs with my own verses, so it clicked to me that Blurred Lines was a song worth rectifying.’
Initially, she had just one verse and one chorus but she eventually rewrote the entire track.
The second verse of the original goes: ‘What do they make dreams for/ When you got them jeans on? (Why?)/ What do we need steam for?/ You the hottest b**** in this place/ I feel so lucky (hey, hey, hey)/ You wanna hug me (hey, hey, hey)/ What rhymes with hug me? (Hey, hey, hey)/ Hey (everybody get up).’
Devon first rewrote the first verse of Blurred Lines, singing: ‘Goes in one ear, out the other way’ and ‘Say you could go right now, but I’m not so inclined’ in response to the original lyrics
The singer, pictured at home, said she did not expect the song to blow up after she posted it on TikTok
Devon’s version is: ‘Just cause I dress flashy/ Don’t me you can grab me/ Now you’re tryna blast me/ Time someone put you in your place/ Don’t owe you nothin’/ Remember one thing/ It ain’t seduction/ If it’s not a discussion.’
The lyrics resonated with people on TikTok.
One said: ‘Love this!!! Hated the original s it gave me the creeps but this is fire.’
‘I’ve always loved how catchy this song is but HATED the lyrics so this is great,’ said another.
‘This is wat better than the original,’ another wrote.
‘This is the only acceptable version,’ another added.
Devon said she was met with very positive reactions online.
‘I was blown away with the response! It was amazing to see survivors of sexual assault share their stories in the comments,’ she said.
‘The fact that this rewrite resonated with so many people is an indication, I hope, that culture is shifting towards seeing sexual consent as a fundamental human right. Obviously we have a long way to go still, but I think it’s a win for sure.’
People loved the singer’s new version about consent and some said if was better than the original