If you've been living under a rock, don't own a radio or a television, or have somehow been lucky enough to remain blissfully ignorant of the recent shenanigans of singer Robin Thicke, you've been missing out on some truly bizarre behavior.
In March 2013, Thicke's song "Blurred Lines" hit the radio airwaves and quickly rose to the top of the Billboard charts, eventually becoming the second best-selling song of 2013. Many people pointed out how similar the song sounded to Marvin Gaye's popular 1970s single "Got To Give It Up," which Thickelater claimed was one of his inspirations for the song.
Since the song's release (and a bizarre performance with Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards), Thicke has been in hot water. In June 2013, the Daily Beast's Tricia Romano called the song's lyrics "kind of rapey." Two months later, Thicke preemptively sued the family of Marvin Gaye to defend "Blurred Lines" and at least two other songs, which they claimed copied Gaye's compositions. Gaye's children eventually filed a cross-complaint andrejected a six-figure settlement that would have kept the suit from going to court.
Here are the five most ridiculous things we learned from his deposition, which was given in April of this year:
1. He didn't give one sober interview in 2013 The singer admits that he had a substance abuse problem last year. "I was high and drunk every time I gave an interview," he said, and that includes the interview he gave to Oprah Winfrey with his son. As upsetting as it is that Thicke was under the influence in the presence of Oprah of all people, he did say that he's been clean since February, so that's something?
2. He didn't even write "Blurred Lines" Thicke is credited as a co-writer on "Blurred Lines" with Pharrell Williams and T.I., but now admits that Pharrell (whose own deposition you can read here) wrote "almost every single part of the song" since Thicke was too busy getting high. Well, that's about the most Hollywood defense we've heard. Thicke's reason for lying is that he "was jealous" and "wanted some of the credit." You mean everything I know is a lie?
3. He knows he's a liar When asked whether or not he considered himself to be honest, Thicke said, "No, that's why I'm separated." He went on to say that when giving interviews he'll say anything to "sell records." When asked if he picks and chooses when to tell the truth, he denied the claim and gave the example that he told his now-estranged wife Paula Patton the truth and "that's why she left me."
4. He really hates mash-ups When the attorney for the Gaye family attempted to play a mash-up of Thicke's song with Gaye's to make a point about their similarities, Thicke said, "I would rather have you ask me questions for two hours than listen to a major and minor song playing at the same time." He went on to say that "Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now," and "it's like nails on a f---ing chalkboard." There's still no word yet on how Thicke feels about Glee.
5. He's impolite Throughout the deposition Thicke consistently talked over the Gaye family's attorney even though he was repeatedly asked to wait until a question was finished before giving his answer. At one point he even referred to him as a "dick" and told him that he was "not being a pleasant person." That's just rude, y'all.
Are you shocked by Thicke's behavior?
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