Why would anyone at VH1 imagine that a twitter chat with singer, Robin Thicke, would NOT turn into a total cluster eff? After all, Robin has been controversial since releasing the song “Blurred Lines” with Pharrell last year. Although it became a smash hit, there were many who believed it promoted the idea that NO from a woman doesn’t necessarily mean NO. “Rapey” is how the song is often described.
On top of that, Robin’s latest album, Paula, is out today. The set of songs is basically devoted to convincing his wife–who left him earlier this year–to end their separation. The couple’s personal travails has been turned into shtick to promote the album, with hashtags like #GetHerBack meant to infer more than just the name of the new single. The song’s music video features supposed ACTUAL TEXTS between the pair, over a semi-naked woman’s body and broadly hints at Robin’s infidelity.
Turning an artists deep personal pain into promotional fodder is gross and creepy, so it’s no wonder the questions directed at Robin during the chat have been overwhelmingly snarky/angry/hilarious rather than serious inquiries regarding his career.
Just click on the hashtag to see for yourself. It took me ten minutes to cull the tweets I found below, so there’s way more from where these came from.
After having gone through something similar recently during a chat with R. Kelly, another controversial artist, I’m wondering if VH1 understood exactly what they were doing…
#AskThicke What’s the inspiration behind your song ‘get her back’? Did the rohypnol wear off and they managed to escape your lair?
— ??Whince King?? (@Archieeee) July 1, 2014
— [aB] (@SirConteh) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke why are you such a fucking asshat?
— ? (@NAOMIKILLLA) July 1, 2014
— neil mccauley (@the_blueprint) July 1, 2014
Why do you think cashing in on the exploitation of your failed relationship will make Paula want you back? #AskThicke
— aaliyah (@liyahjewel) July 1, 2014
Are you gonna take this opportunity while you still can and end up dating Paula Abdul? #AskThicke
— Que? (@VisualQue) July 1, 2014
Do you consider yourself more of a Jimmy Saville or Rolf Harris style of entertainer. You know you are #AskThicke
— Windy Miller (@only1symo) July 1, 2014
Robin Thicke’s ABC Takeover. Because #AskThicke worked out so well.
— Lori (@BeachBabe515) July 1, 2014
Robin Thicke responds on the via the VH1 twitter account