A parody video calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign has drawn criticism from some Southern California media outlets this week.
U-T TV, a news station launched by the U-T San Diego newspaper that has been extensively covering the Filner scandal, released a parody version of the ubiquitous music video for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” on Monday. Tightly-clothed women and suited men, one of whom’s head has been replaced by an image of Filner, dance to Thicke’s song in the video.
Some Southern California media outlets slammed the spoof. The Los Angeles Times’s Robin Abcarian wrote that the U-T TV station “has chosen to demean women to get its message across,” while the Voice of San Diego’s Sara Libby wrote the parody “seizes on a subject ripe with potential for legitimate news, and instead produces something vapid and embarrassing.”
The news station altered the “Blurred Lines” lyrics to riff on the accusations of sexual harassment against Filner. At one point, the actors sing “it’s time you take a good look/ he thinks you want it/ but you don’t want it/ it makes us vomit.”
Watch the parody video below:
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