WWhy the Glad Wrap? Both the original video and the Auckland parody feature semi-naked boys and girls being swaddled in clingfilm. No-one really knows why, but Better Living, everybody! hile ‘Defined Lines’ – the Auckland Law Revue take on Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ video made headlines here and around the world, it was by no means the first time the clip had been remade and represented just the latest local contribution to an entire online genre. On the off chance it’s still a topic of conversation by the time we go to print, here, dear reader, is everything you need to know about Blurred Lines parody videos. So who’s Robin Thicke when he’s at home? The Canadian-American Artist Formerly Known As Thicke (he added his first name a while back) has been writing and singing since around 2000, collaborating with (among others) Will Smith, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Mary J Blige and Kid Goat. Wait, wasn’t he what Miley Cyrus was rubbing herself against on TV? Bingo! Well, that and the giant foam finger. Robin’s duet with Miley at the MTV Video Music Awards was the most tweeted about event in history, with the network straining under the load of 360,000 OMFGs per minute. In your face, Arab Spring! What was the big deal about the original video? Well, it depends on who you listen to. Thicke claims his rather explicit exercise in barelychoreographed breast-jiggling was an ironic commentary on the objectification of women in music videos. His critics claim the video was a prime example of exactly that. The ‘you know you want it’ lyrics didn’t win friends everywhere, either. Just like its Auckland parody, ‘Blurred Lines’ was initially removed from YouTube because of its explicit content, but later reinstated. Were the Auckland Law School women the first to make a parody? Not by a long shot! Of the dozens of Blurred Lines parody videos online, connoisseurs mostly recommend the ‘boylesque’ version by Mod Carousel as the most worth watching (at about four million views it’s currently twice as popular as the Auckland version, although duplicate postings make this hard to measure accurately). Dog lovers will want to search ‘Furred Lines’ on YouTube. Awww, puppies! So how do the parodies stack up against the original? Well, who are we to make artistic judgments? Suffice to say the original Blurred Lines video has had north of 170 million views, with even the most popular parody barely topping eight million. Wait, I just watched the Blurred Lines video and there were no jiggling breasts like you promised! I’m emailing Vincent! Woah there, tiger! You just need to search ‘Blurred Lines (Unrated Version)’. Happy now? Look! There’s even a foam finger.