Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' video has been turned on its head with a gender-swap parody version.
The promo for Thicke's number one single was blasted as misogynistic after it featured semi-naked women writhing around him and his collaborators (who appeared fully-clothed).
Now American 'boylesque' troupe Mod Carousel - acting as Thicke, Pharrell Williams and TI - have created their own version of the music video, swapping the original gender roles.
Male models in flesh-coloured thongs and heels strut across the set, posing and caressing the women's hair.
Thicke has hit back at critics who called the song (and its corresponding music video) sexist. "I can't even dignify that with a response, that's ridiculous," Thicke told BBC's Radio 1.
But he then added: "I don't want to be sleazy, I'm a gentleman, I've been in love with the same woman since I've been a teenager. I don't want to do anything inappropriate."
Thicke says that his wife, actress Paula Patton, actually pushed him to release the NSFW version of the video that was pulled from and re-added to YouTube. "My initial response was I love the clothed version, I don't think we should put out the naked version," he said. "And then I showed it to my wife and all of her girlfriends and they said, 'You have to put this out, this is so sexy and so cool.'"
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' video...
But in an earlier interview with GQ, the crooner was a bit more glib:
We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, "We're the perfect guys to make fun of this."
People say, "Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?" I'm like, "Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women." So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, "Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around."
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