Parody of Robin Thicke Video Calls San Diego Mayor's Resignation

The video, created by a San Diego newspaper's TV affiliate, features a hip-thrusting Mayor Bob Filner character pursuing three young women in skirts and heels. It's created a modest storm for its attempt to make light of the scandal threatening to drive Filner from office.
August 16, 2013
 

Robin Thicke's summer pop hit is called "Blurred Lines," and journalism critics say that's exactly what they see in a music video parody that uses dancing TV news starlets to take a shot at Bob Filner, the San Diego mayor accused by 14 women of sexual harassment.

The video by U-T TV — the cable television affiliate of the newspaper once known as the Union-Tribune — has created a modest storm for its attempt to make light of the scandal threatening to drive Filner from office.

"Vapid and embarrassing," pronounced the managing editor of the Voice of San Diego news site, a U-T competitor.

"The only thing a news organization has is its credibility in reporting the news," said Dean Nelson, director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. "This doesn't help."

The video features a hip-thrusting Filner character, made by superimposing the mayor's head on another man's body, pursuing three young women in skirts and high heels. The U-T news staffers gyrate and spin while rejecting the faux mayor's advances. The words "RESIGN" and "CREEPER" flash on the screen.

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