The Internet Just Trolled Robin Thicke
Robin Thicke. It's a name that can't be so much as whispered without at least one person in the room rolling their eyes or wrinkling their nose. Thicke might be a musician, but he's known more commonly these days for being a misogynist. It all started with "Blurred Lines" and continues to the present day with Thicke's album Paula which is giving us the creeps. And the album hasn't even come out yet, which is truly impressive. Now VH1's Robin Thicke Q&A session was hijacked by Twitter users who used it as their golden opportunity to air all their grievances with Thicke and it was epic.
The questions the Twitter users posed to Thicke ranged from the mocking to the genuinely curious, but they all surrounded the issue of Thicke's obsessive behavior toward Paula Patton and his derogatory behavior toward women and women's issues. The hashtag is basically one long burn aimed at Thicke and it's hard to figure out at this point if VH1 will be able to find any genuine questions in there to pass on to Thicke. The Internet appears to be pretty fed up with Thicke and his behavior, but, honestly, shouldn't that have been obvious already?
After all, the Internet has been calling Thicke out on his behavior since all the way back in 2013.
March 2013: "Blurred Lines"
In March 2013, Robin Thicke released the infamous song "Blurred Lines". Although it was a huge success and made number one on the charts, it didn't take long for people to point out how horrifically rapey it was and how horrifically misogynistic the video for it was. One might even say that the popularity of the song accounted for at least half of the backlash. People would have probably been more willing to let it go if the song hadn't been on the radio near-constantly.
May 2013: The GQ Interview
When asked about the song and the controversy in May 2013, Thicke famously said, "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.'" Thicke later had to inform everyone that the interview didn't properly convey that he was kidding, although why he thought we'd want to know that he found the "Blurred Lines" controversy a joke is beyond me.
August 2013: The MTV Video Music Awards
Thicke escaped wide-spread scrutiny for his now-infamous performance with Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards largely because everyone was still busy staring in wide-eyed horror at the sight of little Miley Cyrus wearing a flesh-toned outfit and grinding on his lap with her tongue sticking out of her mouth. However, he attracted controversy again quickly enough by blaming Cyrus for the whole incident: "That’s on her... I go, listen, I’m the twerkee. I’m twerked upon. I don’t twerk myself, OK?"
December 2013: Sexist of the Year
The End Violence Against Women Coalition proudly named Thicke the Sexist of the Year at the end of 2013 due to "Blurred Lines" and every misogynistic thing that "Blurred Lines" had caused Thicke to do or say over the course of the year. In most people's opinions, this honor was well-earned.
February 2014: Split with Paula Patton
Thicke gained back some public sympathy when he and Paula Patton split up in February 2014. He was so upset about it that he was canceling shows, after all, and everyone was scrambling to find a reason behind the split that hopefully had nothing to do with Miley Cyrus. Some people made jokes, but, overall, we did feel bad for Robin Thicke for losing his wife of nine years.
May 2014: "Get Her Back"
That is, we felt bad until this happened. Thicke performed the song "Get Her Back" at the Billboard Music Awards at the beginning of what he later revealed was a campaign to get Paula Patton back. That's so romantic, you guys! I mean, who cares what she wants, right? Privacy? What's privacy? It's a good song!
June 2014: Paula
Then it got worse. Thicke announced that "Get Her Back" was just the first single off an entire album named after Paula Patton and devoted to songs intended to convince her to forgive him. People were quick to point out what an awkward position Thicke had put Patton in with all of this — and that was even before Thicke started crying his way through performances of the songs from Paula and making creepy music videos to show how sad he was without her.
July 2014: VH1's #AskThicke
In light of all of the above, when VH1 proposed that Twitter users could ask Robin Thicke anything under the #AskThicke hastag, they really should have known what they were getting themselves into. Twitter users have been taking pot shots at Thicke since at least as far back as March 2013 and Thicke's behavior has only gotten worse since then.