With its relentlessly inescapable melody and questionably misogynistic (also: NSFW) video, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is clearly destined for YouTube parody heaven. By now, it has dozens of spin-offs—some more ill-advised than others. Many play with the gender objectification question raised by the initial video, while others are just, well, yeah. Here's a quick guide to what's out there.
"Sexy Boys Parody," by Mod Carousel Lauded by Jezebel as "fucking awesome," this parody by Seattle boylesque troupe Mod Carousel has been hogging much of the attention as of late. And it's good! By reversing the gender roles in the video, Mod Carousel cleverly reveals just how strange and rare it is to see men in positions of vulnerability in a music video—and doesn't resort to cheaply ridiculing masculine bodies to make the point. (As the makers bemoaned, "It's our opinion that most attempts to show female objectification in the media by swapping the genders serve more to ridicule the male body than to highlight the extent to which women get objectified and do everyone a disservice.") Plus, Mod Carousel replaced the vocals and fittingly tweaked some of the lyrics, also replacing the "Robin Thicke Has A Big D" balloons with a message reading "R Balloons Sex."