Robin Thicke's hit No. 1 single "Blurred Lines" has created quite the controversy. The catchy summer jam featuring Pharrell and T.I. has largely gained popularity due to its kitschy music video, which features topless women prancing and dancing around while the men in the clip wear full suits.
Last month, the video's director Diane Martel defended the clip, saying the models were in the power position. Additionally, she said the video was not sexist because the naked women were her idea and Thicke's camp was originally against the idea.
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Thicke confirmed Martel's claims regarding the nudity in "Blurred Lines."
"It was actually the director's idea, Diane Martel. I had mentioned to her that I wanted to do a very funny and silly video, something like Benny Hill even is what I mentioned. And she said, 'Well, what if we have the girls take their clothes off?' And I said, 'Well, let's make sure we shoot two versions 'cause I don't want it to be sleazy - I've always been a gentleman, I've been in love with the same woman since I was a teenager, so I don't want to do anything that's inappropriate," he said.
Thicke went on to say that it was his wife, Paula Patton, who convinced him to release the unedited version.
"When I saw the video back, my original response was 'I love the clothed version; I don't think we should put out the naked version,'" he said. "And then I showed it to my wife and all of her girlfriends, and they said, 'You have to put this out. This is so sexy and so cool.'"
Watch the NSFW version of "Blurred Lines" below:
The R&B singer also addressed the lyrics to "Blurred Lines," which is where he disagrees with Martel. Though the video's director claimed the lyrics were funny yet misogynistic, Thicke seems to think "Blurred Lines" is empowering to women.
"For me, [the lyrics are] about blurring the lines between two things. One, men and women and how much we're the same. My wife is as smart as I am - if not smarter, stronger, and she's an animal too. She doesn't need a man to define her or her existence," he said. "The other side is the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl. Even very good girls have a bad side to them."