Whether you consider it kind of cool or “kind of rapey“, Robin Thicke’s number one song Blurred Lines in collaboration with Pharrell and TI has shifted units by the crateload.
Thicke’s video has proved no less controversial. It was banned by YouTube before the uncensored version turned up on Vevo, breasts, skin-coloured thongs and all.
Now Seattle-based boylesque troupe Mod Carousel have created their own inspired cover version. London cabaret fans who remember their superhero show Wham! Bam! Kaboom! at the now-closed Brickhouse can attest to just how well these guys can subvert modern tropes to wickedly funny effect. In a statement accompanying the video, they say that “it’s our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and does everyone a disservice. We made this video specifically to show a spectrum of sexuality as well as present both women and men in a positive light, one where objectifying men is more than alright and where women can be strong and sexy without negative repercussions.”
Well put. In their video, the trio of Trojan Original, Mod Original and the Luminous Pariah replace Thicke onscreen with female chanteuse Caela Bailey (who also provides the vocals) and Pharrell with Burlesque Hall of Fame 2013 winner Sydni Devereaux. Enjoy.