Are we a such a rube outpost of a city that a salivating report on the quality and quantity of T&A in the latest Robin Thicke video passes editorial muster [“Thicke knows that sex sells”, August 15-22]? Mike Usinger gives a groaning account of how awesome the tits are in the video and how horny he seems to have been made by said tits. He does provide a glib, perfunctory, and, frankly, backhanded mention of how “Bikini Kill fans are wondering where everything went terribly wrong in the world,” a line that he obviously hopes will inoculate him against charges of sexism. Indeed, Usinger doubles down on this lame strategy with a stunningly disingenuous “joke” about how it’s “the ladies” who are filling up on the eye candy.
The song’s lyrics are the definition of douchery, and the video is just another in a long line that uses women’s bodies to sell its product. But having Usinger’s lip-smacking appraisal take up a third of a page in an arts and culture weekly of a major North American city is just embarrassing.
> Peter MacRaild / Vancouver