On March 20, 2013, a music video blasted onto Youtube that would quickly become the flashpoint in a cultural controversy over sexually suggestive lyrics in contemporary pop music. It was called "Blurred Lines," and it featured such eyebrow raising lyrics as, "I hate these blurred lines/ I know you want it/ But you're a good girl," which had one journalist from the Daily Beast calling the song "rapey" and student unions in universities banning the song.
But apart from the lyrics, why was the video so controversial?
The song "Blurred Lines," which was a chart-topping hit for a LONG time is a perfect example of rape culture. Even… https://t.co/nUqyQTj0E8— POP Alcovy (@POP Alcovy)1511820900.0
Oh, and it featured Emily Ratajkowski.
Ratajkowski has continually burnished her feminist bone fides and is a staunch advocate for body positivity, female sexuality, and female autonomy.staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, and why she is constantly interviewed about her thoughts regarding feminism and the female body in her off time from modeling and making memorable appearances on films such as Gone Girl.
In fact, Vogue even did an article called "All the Times Emily Ratajkowski Fought the Patriarchy."
The young model and actress further opined "My response to people saying I post oversexualized images is that it’s my choice and there’s an ownership and empowerment through them."
In fact, she had this to say of the "Blurred Lines" video - "I'm glad that people are criticising pop lyrics, because I think that's an important thing to do."But she also had this opinion, which she expressed to the L.A. Times:
We took something that on paper sounded really sexist and misogynistic and made it more interesting, which is why women love that video and why it became a viral success. There's an attitude and energy there that goes beyond girls shaking their ass around suited men — a confidence that I think is refreshing. We don't have any images of nude women other than in really beautiful magazines shot by great photographers that aren't overly sexualized. And I think that "Blurred Lines" wasn't overly sexualized, and that's what made it interesting.
We understand that cover models must do what cover models must – especially when one has announced at great and extensive length that one is a feminist.
Yes, Ratajkowski's dedication to carving out her own sexuality in the face of patriarchy is quite feminist.
By other issues, we mean issues that affect those not as thin, abled, white, and well off as Ratajkowski.
In this way, Ratajkowski is the classic definition of what has come to be pejoratively known as "white feminism," or "feminism centered around the ideals and struggles of primarily white women," as per Urban Dictionary.Urban Dictionary further states, "While not outright exclusive, [white feminism's] failure to consider other women and its preoccupation with Western standards and the problems faced by the "average woman" is often alienating to women of color, non-straight women, trans women, and women belonging to religious or cultural minorities."
Ratajkowski's feminism is a limited sort of feminism that only speaks to the most privileged subsection of women. It is the feminism of the Taylor Swifts and the Miley Cyruses, and other women of that ilk.
@V8northstar Emily Ratajkowski (Blurred lines - Robin Thick .....) https://t.co/qQ3v1Pakl3— 🇫🇷PatBreizh🏌🏻♀️ (@🇫🇷PatBreizh🏌🏻♀️)1509274402.0
Former CNN host Piers Morgan is the type of guy who likes to offer his opinion on everything.
Would Susan Sarandon wear this to a funeral? No. It was thus horribly inappropriate for an In Memoriam tribute. https://t.co/hMoGChJY8D— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1454506708.0
In 2016, Ratajkowski did an interview with Harpers Bazaar, during which she had a photoshoot nude and riding on a horse.
Do you want me to buy you some clothes? You look freezing. https://t.co/FHXB1U50f6— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1467896671.0
To this, she responded, "thanks, but I don't need clothes as much as you need press."
@piersmorgan thanks, but I don't need clothes as much as you need press.— Emily Ratajkowski (@Emily Ratajkowski)1467897176.0
The sight of all this feminist salaciousness must have inflamed Morgan's delicate sensibilities, because he quickly took to Twitter to air his grievances.
This is Emily Ratajkowski 'promoting feminism'. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited. https://t.co/fO7ovctsVb— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1512479986.0
"This is Emily Ratajkowski 'promoting feminism'. Somewhere, Emmeline Pankhurst just vomited."
Personally, we would have suggested he invoke the name of Sojourner Truth, Gloria Steinem, Ida B. Wells – you know, good old fashioned American feminists, but then again, Morgan is British.
Lol never said my love video was a feminist statement. But now it’s worth saying that telling women what to do with… https://t.co/imw7g1F8Y8— Emily Ratajkowski (@Emily Ratajkowski)1512614851.0