Tuesday 16 January 2018

Robin Thicke mercilessly trolled after #AskThicke publicity stunt goes horribly wrong

VH1 probably wasn’t expecting the torrent of abuse received during its live Q&A with the “Blurred Lines” singer yesterday

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has been named most downloaded tune in the UK
Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has been named most downloaded tune in the UK
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Whoever dreamt up the idea of hosting a live Twitter Q&A with Robin Thicke will no doubt remain stuck in a perpetual facepalm cycle until the end of the week.

Because instead of receiving hoards of questions probing the singer for vital information on his favourite sandwich filling and what his spirit animal is, the #AskThicke hashtag grew into an altogether angrier publicity beast.

The stunt was organised by broadcaster VH1 who, having secured interview time with the R'N'B star, decided it was best used on social media, where instead of researching questions for him themselves, the general online public would have the chance to quiz him instead.

And this might have worked, too. Had Thicke not been the controversial writer of “Blurred Lines” – a song widely panned for its derogatory lyrics, condemned by women’s organisations and banned from several university campuses i

As well as sparking outrage online, the track was criticised by charity Rape Crisis for trivialising sexual violence, objectifying women and “reinforcing rape myths”. And followers on Twitter haven’t forgotten that fact.

The conversation started off friendly enough, with a smattering of bizarre requests entirely characteristic of Twitter takeovers:

But it soon degenerated into chaos. Talk about blurred lines...

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