'Blurred Lines' 8 years later: model Emily Ratajkowski accuses Robin Thicke of groping

The video that changed everything
'Blurred Lines' - a controversial video
Now Emily Ratajkowski speaks up
Ratajkowski was 21
'My Body'
Feminist book
Touched without consent
Humiliated
The director stopped recording
Apology
Now, I would have filed a complaint
Problematic video
Karma did its job
Criticism of the lyrics
5 million for plagiarism
The video that changed everything

On March 20, 2013, the world met Emily Ratajkowski in all her glory. That day the video 'Blurred Lines', a big success for Robin Thicke with Pharrell Williams and T.I., had its global premiere. She appeared in it sparsely dressed.

'Blurred Lines' - a controversial video

The video had two versions. In one of them, the English model appeared in a bikini, and the second take was full Monty. Obviously, that version was banned from YouTube within minutes of uploading it.

Now Emily Ratajkowski speaks up

Eight years after the video's release, Emily Ratajkowski reveals that she was touched inappropriately by the singer of 'Blurred Lines,' Robin Thicke. The director of the video, Diane Martel, corroborates the model's accusation.

Ratajkowski was 21

At the time of the video, which was shot in late 2012, the model was 21 years old and not as well known as she is now. In fact, the music video helped her take her modelling career to the next level.

'My Body'

Ratajkowski made the revelation about 'Blurred Lines' in her book, 'My Body'. It is a book in which she speaks in the first person about the objectification and abuse to which women can be subjected.

Feminist book

According to the publisher's description, 'My Body' is "a deeply personal exploration of... the treatment of women by men and the rationalizations of women to accept this treatment." One example of the personal stories told by Ratajkowski is her recollection of the 'Blurred Lines' video shoot.

Touched without consent

When referring to the incident with Robin Thicke, the model recounts that the singer showed up at the video shoot with more drinks than he should have in a professional setting. At one point, she says, the singer grabbed her without her consent.

"I felt the hands of a stranger ..."

"Suddenly, out of nowhere, I felt the coolness and strangeness of the hands of a stranger, which clasped my bare br***** from behind," says the model in her book. "I instinctively walked away and looked at Robin Thicke."

"He smiled a goofy grin"

As she recalls, Robin Thicke seemed drunk. "He smiled a goofy grin and stumbled backward, his eyes concealed behind his sunglasses," she says.

Humiliated

Emily Ratajkowski says she regrets not having reacted in the way she would do it now. "I pushed my chin forward and shrugged, avoiding eye contact, feeling the heat of humiliation pump through my body... I didn't react – not really, not like I should have."

The director stopped recording

As Ratajkowski turned her head "to the darkness behind the set," Diane Martel, the director of the video, yelled "are you okay?" She also stopped the recording at that moment and sent everyone out of the studio.

"The shoot is over!!"

Emily Ratajkowski's story has been confirmed by the director in an interview with the Sunday Times.
"I remember the moment he grabbed her br*****," Martel says. "One in each hand. He was standing behind her as they were both in profile. I yelled in my very aggressive Brooklyn voice, ‘What the h*** are you doing, that’s it!! The shoot is over!!"

Apology

Diane Martel added that Robin Thicke "sheepishly apologised" afterwards. Emily Ratajkowski says in her book that the apology was the result of him realizing the seriousness of what he had done. For now, the singer has not responded to the model's revelation and the director's remarks.

Now, I would have filed a complaint

Looking back, Emily Ratajkowski regrets not reporting the event eight years ago. She acknowledges that, as a 21-year-old, she did not know how to react, so she simply let it pass.

Problematic video

Before Ratajkowski's revelation, the video of 'Blurred Lines' was already controversial. "Martel explained how she intended for the video to subvert power dynamics, by portraying the men in an inferior position to the females on set," Cosmopolitan reports. But it wasn't received that way. Many viewers found the video offensive to women and Pharrell Williams (left on the picture) would soon apologize for his role in it.

"Nothing more than the hired mannequin"

As Ratajkowski says in her book, Robin Thicke's behaviour "undermined Martel's vision of female empowerment." Cosmopolitan cites her argument that "with that one gesture, Robin Thicke had reminded everyone on set that we women weren’t actually in charge... I was nothing more than the hired mannequin.'"

Karma did its job

While Robin Thicke got away with a "sheepish apology" for assaulting Emily Ratajkowski, he and his hit song had their share of bad karma. Basically, 'Blurred Lines' was both the beginning and the end of his career.

Criticism of the lyrics

First of all, the lyrics of the song were considered misogynistic, even to the point of inciting harassment and abuse. 'Blurred Lines' was singled out as a cursed anthem against women, and it didn't help that its video had several barely dressed models in it.

5 million for plagiarism

As if that weren't enough, Robin Thicke was sued by the heirs of Marvin Gaye who accused him of plagiarizing the song 'Got to Give it up'. The family won the lawsuit and Robin Thicke had to pay 5 million dollars.

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