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This All-Male Gay Parody of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Video Was Removed From YouTube

Robin Thicke cuddles with a model in this screenshot from Blurred Lines

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If you somehow managed to miss Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," I'm here for you. The video for the single, which features T.I. & Pharrell Williams, has been accused of being exploitative for featuring lyrics like "[your last guy] didn't smack that ass and pull your hair like that," a giant balloon sign which reads "Robin Thicke Has a Big Dick," and topless female models (Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue and Elle Evans) frolicking for the pleasure of the male performers — and the viewer. I think saying the video is "rapey" might be an overstatement, but I did feel uncomfortable watching it — it's Terry Richardsonesque.

In an interview with GQ, Thicke claimed he had good intentions, but his reasoning is unconvincing:

"We tried to do everything that was taboo. Bestiality, drug injections, and everything that is completely derogatory towards women. Because all three of us are happily married with children, we were like, 'We're the perfect guys to make fun of this.' People say, 'Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?' I'm like, 'Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before. I've always respected women.' So we just wanted to turn it over on its head and make people go, 'Women and their bodies are beautiful. Men are always gonna want to follow them around.'"

To reiterate: according to Thicke, taking pleasure in objectifying women is an effective way to send-up the objectification of women.

The video, for reference (NSFW): 

There are three sane responses to "Blurred Lines": laugh, ignore, make a parody video. Helix, a gay porn company, did the latter, producing an all-male version of the Robin Thicke experience. The result was less porny and more joyous than the original, featuring no nudity, just dancing boys wearing sparkly booty shorts and tightie whities. 

It was pulled from YouTube. The Sword, a gay sex site (NSFW, obviously) noticed that the video was removed and reposted it to Vevo (below). (To be clear, YouTube will remove anything when it's flagged by enough people for violating the website's Terms of Service, whether or not the content is objectionable.)

It wasn't the nudity that made me uncomfortable with Thicke's original video; everyone is naked underneath their clothes. I was offended that the men weren't naked too: Thicke and his musician friends were clothed, performing, being funny, having a good time. Meanwhile, the women were bodies at best, a punchline at worst — a portrayal that's depressingly common in pop culture. A parody made by a porn company managed to be less offensive, more human, than the original — and that's because all the performers were having a good time, treated as sexual beings but not objects. Wanting to have sex doesn't preclude wanting other things too. It's crazy that, for once, a porn company got that right, and people still had a problem with it. 

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‘The Face’ is Casting in NYC This Sunday — And We Know What They’re Looking For

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Image: Getty

Naomi Campbell's reality modeling competition will be back on Oxygen for a second season, and the show is casting this Sunday, July 21 in New York City.

Hopeful contestants must be at least 5'7" and 18 years old on September 1, 2013. (Full eligibility requirements are available here.) I'm guessing it might help to be pretty. Ask your mom if you have a chance, she'll be honest with you. 

"We are looking for the complete package," casting director Randy Bernstein told me over email. "Not only should the you look amazing, but you should be able to wow us with your dazzling personality. ;) We will also be looking for somebody as honest, unique and doesn't try to compare themselves to anybody else. We are all different and that's what makes us special — embrace your uniqueness!"

What makes a good contestent, apart from the desire to nuzzle with Naomi? Bernstien emphasizes drive: "We learned that the best contestants are the ones that are confident in themselves and aren't trying to be somebody they're not. The most successful contestants last year were the ones that knew what they wanted and weren't afraid to go after it. The modeling industry is competitive so we will continue to look for girls that are driven, tenacious, and ready to succeed in the sometimes cutthroat world of modeling."

The event will take place at Chelsea Studios (151 West 26th Street, 6th Floor) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Season 1 winner, Devyn Abdullah, will be on-hand for a portion of the event. 

(Bernstein was the one to initially cast Devyn for the show: "When I'm casting any show, I always look for the 'it' factor, and when you have 'it,' it usually pops out immediately. Devyn was special and immediately likable. I think that's why we and America ultimately fell in love with her.") 

Anyone who can't make it to open casting on Sunday but still wants to be considered can apply online. Applications will be accepted through Monday, July 22. 

PreviouslyAfter ‘The Face’ Finale: An Interview with Karolina Kurkova and [Spoiler!] Winner Devyn Abdullah

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Wanting: Virginia Johnson x J.Crew Tote Bag

Virginia Johnson is a Canadian textile designer who creates colourful prints on clothing, shawls, home and children's wear. Her patterns are bright, funky and fun, making them the perfect aesthetic for the likes of J.Crew to scoop up.

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"After falling in love with her whimsical illustrations, we recruited Canadian textile designer Virginia Johnson to create this quirky tote just for us. Crafted of sturdy canvas in a remarkably functional — and completely cool — oversize silhouette, this goes-everywhere bag is an unexpectedly fun carryall and a true objet d'art all at once," says the company of her motif beach tote bag that retails for $148 and is available in a navy shark or emerald green lobster motif. Want. Want. Want.

Fans of the Toronto-based designer will be familiar with Johnson's bright and airy space on College near Ossington. Outfitted with a huge front window and cool white walls, the store allows for customers to explore her beautiful shawls, books and bags, which J.Crew couldn't resist including in its summer lineup.

But this isn't Johnson's first collaboration with a big name brand as her textiles have previously been sampled by Kate Spade. That line consisted of journals and stationery, however, J.Crew is keen to include more of Johnson's patterns in additional garments. Maybe her caramel sea turtles and cocoa camel print as a sundress?

Image via J.Crew

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Rumor: Did Anna Wintour Buy a House So No One Else Could?

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In their latest issue, The Daily posted an item insinuating that Vogue editor Anna Wintour just bought up a house adjoining her Hamptons estate so that she wouldn't have to deal with the "wrong kind of neighbors." The four-bedroom house, located on 5.9 acres of land, sold for $350,000 ($249,000 below asking price). As The Daily Mail points out in their coverage, Wintour has not shown herself to be terribly open-minded towards the other residents in Mastic, Long Island: "I just import the people I want," she said, famously, in an interview with journalist Kelly McMasters. "I don't mind the town. It's white trash, of course, but I don't care." Sealing yourself off from the outside world — that's what I call living the dream. 

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Link Buzz: Alexander McQueen Boutique in New York Accused of Racism in ‘Blockbuster Filing’

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  • A former security guard at the Alexander McQueen boutique in Manhattan has filed against his former employer, claiming that he was subject to such demeaning racism at work "he harbored thoughts of murdering [other staff] and then offing himself." The detailed accusations are intensely upsetting. [NYPost]
  • No good way to transition, so let's just do it: Maybe you'd like some TSA-friendly clear makeup bags to bring along on your next trip? [BellaSugar]
  • Did you know there was a "crop-top train" and Vanessa Hudgens was riding it? [FabSugar]
  • Some impatient stars are already wearing fall fashion. [Fashionologie]
  • Some Urban Decay discontinued nail polishes have been re-continued. [SheFinds]
  • Blogger Natalie Joos got to dig around Diane von Furstenberg's archives and make a video about it. [Telegraph]
  • Tilda Swinton looks weird (more bad-weird this time) on the cover of W Korea. [Forums]

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Squinting Won’t Help, Carven’s Fall 2013 Featuring Marine Deleeuw is Intentionally Blurry (Forum Buzz)

All images via Carven

All images via Carven

Viviane Sassen photographed runway sensation Marine Deleeuw for Carven’s Fall 2013 ad campaign, but it seems she found the landscape to be of more interest than the lady. While blurring Marine and her various ensembles was obviously an intentional artistic choice, I can’t say it’s really the best way to sell clothes. The risky approach garnered mixed reviews in the forums

“Too blurred, not cool,” GIVENCHYlover posted. 

Gossiping, on the other hand, wrote, “I love it! Really gorgeous.”

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Crying Diamonds was also a fan. “I really like it,” he posted. “It's as if the photographer saw something stunning in the background and focused on that at the last second. Also love the negative space with the fitted dress and the super-size coat in the pink shot.”

Teaars tipped the scales toward rave reviews as well. “I can never not love Viviane's work and this is no exception,” he shared. “I actually quite like the blurred effect. Marine looks good even when blurred, like a painting.”

My indecisive side tends to agree with everyone at the moment. But I like Carven, I like Viviane Sassen, and I like Marine, so I’m leaning toward a favorable feeling when I pore over these images. But still… does anyone else feel like it’s time for an eye exam?

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