Yes its catchy as f*ck. And Robin Thicke seems like an alright dude. So no one really wants to say — hey, wtf, this song is disgusting! Certainly not any teenager or young adult.
“I’m cool man, I’m not a feminist, I don’t take life too seriously.”
But the thing is— when a song with lyrical content reflecting the reports of sexual assault survivors becomes a worldwide hit — when our boundaries between what is ok and what is not ok becomes so blurred and normalised that 6 year olds are singing along to it at your local grocery store — we have a problem.
“Why don’t you smile more? This has become a part of everyday street harassment, and some commenters are under the assumption that it’s a woman’s job to be outwardly cheerful at all times. If she’s not, there must be something wrong.”