Robin Thicke will release his new album, 'Blurred Lines,' on July 30.
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Don't call Robin Thicke, or his smash hit Blurred Lines, sexist - at least not when his mom's around.
Singer/actress Gloria Loring defended the singer/songwriter, her son by ex-husband Alan Thicke, when WHOA! caught up with her at the Women in Woodstock conference recently. The younger Thicke has generated controversy with the single, and particularly its video, in which he and collaborators Pharrell Williams and T.I. ogle models who appear virtually nude in the explicit version.
But Loring told WHOA! that, for her, Lines reflects her boy's sense of humor: "I have known, of course, for many years how playful my son is. He loves to be a little naughty."
She adds that the three men in the video are all "married men with children ... very happily so," and figures that Thicke and Williams wrote the song from a self-deprecating perspective: "They were poking fun at how guys look at young girls and go, 'Oh, she wants me.' "
Loring also notes that the "wild, goofy, slightly off-center ideas" fueling the video came mostly from director Diane Martel, quipping, "You gotta blame the girl director for a lot of that stuff ... I find it very funny."
Naturally, Loring is proud of her son's success with the chart-topping tune. "He's worked long and hard for it. I'm grinning from ear to ear as his mom."
Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY