March 10, 2015
As if losing Paula and his self-respect wasn’t bad enough, Robin Thicke (and Pharrell Williams) just lost a huge lawsuit, not to mention a shit ton of money. The two have been involved in an ongoing investigation into their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.” The lawsuit was instigated by Marvin Gaye’s children, who claim the song took portions from one of their father’s songs. In case you’re too busy to do a quick Google search, here’s a quick recap…Martin Gaye is a big fucking deal. He was, like, huge when our parents were growing up and he’s most known for singing some of our drunk karaoke favorites: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “How Sweet It Is,” etc. Pharrell is even a self-proclaimed super fan, although he argues it did not affect his song writing.
Pharrell denied the accusations, and Robin Thicke claims he wasn’t even present when the song was created. He was probably wasted or singing at a Kardashian wedding. Probably both. Pharrell stated that he wrote “Blurred Lines” without Thicke’s assistance in an hour’s time in 2012. It’s pretty crazy to think that this tiny gnome man could create an annoyingly catchy, chart-topping hit that casually encourages date rape and other messed up shit in ONE HOUR. But I guess that’s why they pay him the big bucks.
Despite their denial of copyright infringement, the jury sided with the Gaye family and ordered Williams and Thicke to pay $7.4 million to them in damages. Supposedly some shady shit went down in the trial where different versions of Marvin Gaye’s song that sounded more like "Blurred Lines" were played whereas the original and well-known version was not referenced. After the verdict was announced, Marvin Gaye’s daughter broke into tears and claimed she was “free…from [the] chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.” Yeah right, bitch. I’d cry too if I just got $7.4 million.
Maybe this is payback for Robin Thicke being a cheating, drunk asshole, but I'm thinking it's retribution for Pharrell making “Happy” aka the single worst song ever known to mankind. Maybe this will get him to think twice about being so fucking optimistic.