Musician Pharrell Williams says he is now “embarrassed” by Blurred Lines, his controversial hit with Robin Thicke. He says that he has only belatedly realised that such sentiments as “I know you want it” and guest rapper TI’s lyric: “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two” could be considered “rapey”. Now Williams says: “Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed… It just took a lot of time and growth to get there.” Williams adds: “I realised that we live in a chauvinist culture… Didn’t realise that [some] of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind.”
And there you have it, folks – behold the pop-cultural phenomenon of Delayed Woke. The generally male, conveniently belated mea culpa of sexism, which seems to say that you can behave as you like as long as you’re very apologetic at some unspecified point in the future.
Blurred Lines wasn’t ‘different’ times. All this happened, not in yon olden pop days, but in 2013