Robin Thicke has been named ‘the sexist of the year’ by a body representing dozens of women’s groups around the UK.
The singer achieved fame and notoriety on the back of his single Blurred Lines, which was accompanied by a video in which he was surrounded by naked dancing models.
Robin topped the voting in a poll conducted by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, with Prime Minister David Cameron runner-up for the second successive year.
The coalition – which has more than 60 member groups working to end sexual and domestic violence, trafficking and other forms of abuse – also highlighted comments Robin had made in interviews.
In one interview with GQ magazine earlier this year, he said: “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’.”
The coalition said it would be sending Robin a voucher to enable him to download Aretha Franklin’s hit R.E.S.P.E.C.T. as a prize.
Sarah Green of the End Violence Against Women Coalition pointed out that Robin’s video had created such a backlash that it had actually had the effect of fuelling a campaign against videos using sexist imagery.
She said: “Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop.
“Sexism might be de rigeur for some music industry ‘creatives’ but the times they are a changin’.”