Crooner Robin Thickewas left bewildered after a GQ magazine interview appeared to suggest he enjoyed degrading women with his sexy Blurred Lines video, because the writer failed to make it clear he was just joking.
The 36 year-old star was accused of objectifying women by having models parade around naked for the promo, and he was quizzed about the allegations during an interview with a reporter from GQ this spring.
Nonetheless, the American-Canadian musician admits he was a little distraught when the magazine hit retailers in May, because his words about the controversy had not been placed in their proper context.
He was quoted as saying, "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. I've always respected women'."
During an appearance on Oprah's Next Chapter, he explained, "Bad joke, it was like a bad comedian... (The reporter) didn't put it into any context that I was laughing my head off. I was doing a Ron Burgundy impersonation... I was literally joking with him. It had no context. (It was a) terrible joke...
"It was the third joke that I had said after I'd given him a real answer and I told him I had joked to my buddy, 'What if I'd said something like this...?'"
Meanwhile, Thicke has revealed the "good girl" he croons about in Blurred Lines is a reference to his wife Paula Patton, because the song was written about the actress.
He tells the BBC, "I don't think people got it. I wrote it about my wife... she's my good girl. And I know she wants it because we've been together for 20 years."