Many music industry analysts have dubbed Robin Thicke’s highly controversial hit “Blurred Lines” as the song of the summer in the US, a song and video that has enjoyed numerous parodies and alternative versions. The latest remixed video features two members of J-pop supergroup AKB48, Haruna Kojima and Yuko Oshima dancing to the song with the American r&b star, in a move that seems to be baffling some netizens.
The video starts out with the two girls watching Thicke’s original music video, thankfully, the one where everyone is fully clothed. (There is an unrated version that shows topless female models while the male singers are wearing suits.) In the middle of it, he suddenly appears in the room where the J-pop singers are, together with three other models from the video. There are some Japanese words flashed on the screen, which are some of the lyrics from the notoriously raunchy song plus hashtags to AKB48 and Robin Thicke. Nothing really controversial happens in the video, and even if it did, it would not be far from the usual racy videos of the hugely popular Japanese girl group.
What may be a random “partnership” between musicians from opposite sides of the ocean may actually be a way to raise the profile of AKB48 in the US, where they are still relatively unknown, while also bringing Thicke’s music to a whole new music market in Japan. The song and video have been much talked about in pop culture and gender circles, because of the seemingly misogynistic lyrics and the aforementioned unrated video. It became even more controversial in the recent MTV Video Music Awards where former child pop star Miley Cyrus gyrated against Thicke during a live performance. What the AKB48 girls do in this latest remix video is very, very mild compared to the original one and so it remains to be seen if this will actually go viral among their large fan base in Asia.
[ via The Vine ]