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The man who brought us Blurred Lines is back.

Robin Thicke just made a “romantic” video for his new song.

The song is called “Get her back” and it’s all about his attempt to win his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, back after their separation.

Except it’s not romantic at all. At all.

The 37-year-old singer’s new clip is filled with creepy death motifs and what appear to be allusions to domestic violence.

The clip features a woman drowning, screaming and then disappearing in a pool of blood. A hand punching Thick’s blood-spattered face. A woman wearing a skull over her face. And a finger pointed like a gun at Thicke’s head.

Images of reportedly real text messages from the failed relationship pop up between frames — including “you’re reckless,” “you drink too much” — and, ominously, one message at the end of the clip reading: “this is just the beginning.”

“I never should have raised my voice or made you feel so small…” Thicke croons, as the morbid images and the singer’s screaming, bloodied face fill the screen.

The whole clip — which features sexualised imagery including a model’s hands rubbing Thicke’s bare chest, intercut with the aforementioned images of violence — is unsettling. And if the song is really an attempt to win back Patton, it demonstrates a view of romance that’s not only seriously bizarre, but also disturbing and dangerous.

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This isn’t romance. This is stalking.

Women’s Information centre WIRE says: “Stalking is a crime that affects 1 in 10 Australian adults with women making up 75% of stalking victims. The majority of those reporting stalking are pursued by someone they know… This behaviour is often based on the false belief that they own you and are entitled to control you.”

WIRE adds that many stalkers are rejected parters,  who “maintain their hope that they can get you back.”

And that seems to be exactly what Thicke is doing, given that his song is called “get her back” — and his entire album is entitled “Paula”.

As Jessica Valenti wrote for The Guardian, the clip’s insinuation that Thicke “won’t take no for an answer” dangerously romanticises “the creepy and potentially harassing efforts of a man obsessed with this ex (and) sends a dangerous message to young men about what ‘romance’ really is. Hint: it has nothing to do with haranguing and publicly shaming us back into a relationship.”

Look, perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that Thicke’s views on relationships with women are skewed: let’s not forget, this is the man who brought us “Blurred Lines“, featuring what’s been widely described as “rape lyrics.”

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t call out dangerous, sexist imagery when we see it.

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Do you agree that there’s something creepy about Thicke’s new clip?

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