Robin Thicke has undoubtedly shot up in popularity over the weekend following the singer’s performance with Miley Cyrus of his hit “Blurred Lines” and Miley’s “We Can’t Stop” at the 2013 Video Music Awards this weekend. The release of Robin’s newest music video for “Give It 2 U” was positioned perfectly to benefit from the high search volume on his name, and we admit to falling into that trap. That incredibly uncomfortable, explicit, NSFW, slow train wreck of a trap that features an all too familiar foam finger, scantily clad college students twerking, and — most uncomfortable of all — Robin’s 3-year-old son Julian.
The video itself is, in our humble opinion, a hot mess, but the detail that pushed us over the edge, in addition to the scantily-clad women and the explicit lyrics, was Robin’s 3-year-old son dancing in the middle of it all! If you really focus on little Julian’s participation in the video, it might have been shot before or after the other scenes and just spliced into the final cut, but this poor boy will still have this memory of his dad as he grows up.
“Remember that first music video you were in, son,” Robin will ask. And little Julian will reply, “I’d rather not.”
The video definitely connects the dots to the question marks left swirling in our heads from the VMA performance. The Beetlejuice/referee tuxedo makes an appearance, as well as the large signs depicting high-end food like sushi, lobster, and champagne. One girl breaks out the all too familiar foam finger, too, rubbing it on Robin’s face and neck while he cooly sips a drink. Miley wasn’t in Robin’s video, but with all the twerking, it’s no surprise anymore why he reportedly chose her to perform with at the awards show.
Us Weekly reports that a source commenting on Robin’s VMA performance said, “Robin thought it would be fun to include Miley, but he didn't realize how much she would overshadow him. This was his big night and big performance." While that person seems to believe that Robin was disappointed with how the show went down, another was more positive, saying, "He knew what they were going to do and thought it was fun and awesome. He had a great time."
If you’re wondering, Robin’s wife Paula Patton did comment on the performance, seeming unfazed, while the 36-year-old singer’s mom was less than enthusiastic.
We want to know what you think. Is Robin Thicke’s new music video fun or inappropriate? Watch it below and comment!