A feminist parody of Robin Thicke’s controversial ‘Blurred Lines’ film clip has been pulled from YouTube after being flagged for inappropriate content, while Thicke’s video remains on the site.
The video, called Defined Lines, was created by three University of Auckland law students and received over 300,000 views before being removed, TVNZ reports.
YouTube claimed the video violated its terms and conditions by displaying sexually explicit content.
The parody shows students Adelaide Dunn, Olivia Lubbock and Xoe Ellwood performing their own version of the song with young men dressed only in white underwear.
The lyrics include: “You if you want to get nasty, just don’t harass me. You can’t just grab me.
It’s a sex crime. We don’t want it, it’s chauvinistic.”
They go on: “What you see on TV, doesn’t speak equality; it’s straight up misogyny.”
Ms Lubbock, a fifth year law student, said the clip was intended to be tongue in cheek by showing men being objectified by women.
"We had a lot of fun making it and like I said it was part of a comedy sketch so it was always intended to be taken as a bit of a joke," she said.
The filmmakers, who are reportedly “mystified” that their video has been removed, believe part of the negative reaction stems from the fact men are being portrayed as sex objects.
The video was created as part of the Law Revue, a collection of skits performed to 1500 people over three shows in Auckland last week.
It was made in response to the furore generated when Thicke’s song was released, with some saying ‘Blurred Lines’ promoted non-consensual sex and objectified women.
Author: Sophie Cousins. Approving editor: Matthew Henry