Angry Twitter users hijack Robin Thicke’s #AskThicke hashtag

It was never going to end well.

Jan 27, 2021, 11:00 pm*



Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

VH1 has given Twitter users the chance to ask Robin Thicke any question they like. Considering the fact that Robin Thicke’s current public image is “total creep,” this may not have been the best decision.

The #AskThicke hashtag has already been flooded with questions that Thicke will never in a million years want to answer, such as, “What form of sexual or emotional abuse will you be normalising in your next jaunty hit?”

Best known for the song “Blurred Lines” (which at best was pretty misogynist, and at worst was literally a song about rape), Thicke’s latest single, “Get Her Back,” has courted similar controversy. The song and video are supposedly an attempt to persuade his ex-wife Paula Patton to come back to him, but many people have interpreted this as a public way of harassing her into submission.

In other words, he got famous thanks to a song about failing to respect the choices and desires of women, and then followed this up with an entire album about how he doesn’t respect the choices and desires of his ex-wife. As a result, there are way more #AskThicke questions about his dubious attitude toward women than there are about anything else. 

It’s really not clear why Thicke or his PR people thought this was a good idea in the first place. Either he’s one of those celebrities who lives by the maxim of “any publicity is good publicity,” or he genuinely does not realise how many people think he is a sexist creep.

We won’t be surprised if the planned Q&A is cancelled, but for now, we feel bad for whichever long-suffering VH1 employee has to sift through the #AskThicke hashtag in search of some “real” questions.

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*First Published: Jul 1, 2014, 10:52 am