With the Junos in town this weekend and Robin Thicke set to perform it probably comes as no surprise that a petition has been started to ban Robin Thicke from performing due to his song “Blurred Lines,” which some suggest promotes rape culture.
These lines in the article linked below probably stuck out the most for me:
“Juno producer John Brunton said he does not believe people are truly offended by the song and said many petitions could be launched against hip-hop songs.
Juno co-host Johnny Reid said all four of his children love the song. Fellow co-host Serena Ryder said she too has written racy lyrics and personally considers lyrics secondary to the way words sound in a song.”
First I have to say obviously some people are truly offended by the song or they would not be starting petitions to ban Robin Thicke (the petition mentioned in the Free Press article is not the first that has been started against Thicke, other events have had calls to ban Thicke from performing too).
Secondly, I am not a musician, and I do not songs or lyrics, but I disagree with Serena Ryder’s idea that lyrics are secondary to the way words sound. I think it may be true that you will substitute certain words to sound better or rhyme in a particular line, but I don’t think you change words to change the entire meaning behind your lyrics…I don’t know, any thoughts on this FLFers?