Inspired by his personal life in which his wife has left him Robin Thicke has written an entire album dedicated to said wife, called Paula. That's the album and his wife's name. The album and single Get Her Back is all about getting Paula back. Like a lost toy. Oh, is it catchy? Or is it just all, you know...heavy breathing?
It seems that most music critics and media outlets are of the opinion this is rather odd behaviour. The Huffington Post has called the video for Get Her Back "desperate" and in the Guardian Jessica Valenti thinks it is "stalker-ish".
But there are still others who think it a "romantic gesture" , not an attempt at emotional blackmail and I'm not just talking about Robin Thicke himself. Who has chosen to feature in the music video for his single topless, looking sad and a little bloodied with messages between him and his wife seemingly from the time they separated popping up, the best being "I wrote an album about you" "I don't care". Oh ROBIN, how could she?
We are so regularly presented with men doing really quite obscene things in the name of romance or love (for instance Mrs Doubtfire that is odd behaviour) that it's not surprising that men and women alike might think such actions are desirable.
Songs about women often revolve around the idea that the problem is not that she isn't interested but that she is mistaken
Or possible technology is sabotaging the relationship? Just like it was for New Edition in their single Mr Telephone Man in which they are baffled as to why it seems the object of their affection keeps hanging up on them.
One Direction definitely intentionally paid homage Andrew Marvell's To His Coy Mistress with their single about living for the day trying to persuade a girl to totally do it with them. Because you're only hot ONCE ladies.
These are all, of course, crap messages about love and romance to give to teenagers I'm sincerely waiting for a hit single that revolves around the chorus 'if you would like to do so'. That rhymes with loads of stuff. As does consent.