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The popular recent hit by Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" has caused some controversy with the suggestive and provocative nature of its lyrics and video content, resulting in a parody of the video by three female Auckland University law students entitled "Defined Lines." In this video the three students reverse the roles of Thicke's video, replacing the topless female models with topless males and putting themselves in the roles previously filled by Thicke and featured rapper Pharrel.
The video instantly gained attention with 600,000 views after release. The video, however, was removed from YouTube Monday for apparently containing "sexually inappropriate content." Less than 24 hours later, the video was back up on the site and YouTube admitted they had made a mistake stating, "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it’s brought to our attention that a video has been mistakenly removed, we act quickly to reinstate it” reports The Wall Street Journal. Since it has been reinstated, the video's number of views has almost doubled.
The intention of the parody is to address the nature of the objectification of women in videos like Thicke's and to spread the message of equality among sexes, as they sing in their parody: “What you see on TV/ Doesn’t speak equality/ It’s straight up misogyny.”
The trio admit that they were surprised that the video was taken down, as one of the females, Olivia Lubbock told The Raw Story, “It’s just funny that the response has been so negative when you flip it around and objectify males.”
View the video yourself below and tell us what you think.