Ok, I can hear you now.
Yesterday Robin Thicke learned the same lesson that has already turned JPMorgan and Roger Goodell into prime case studies for the ages: Twitter chats pretty much never go well, especially when the fruit at the center of the conversation hangs so very, very low.
This one was so bad that it led journalists all over the country to devote their mornings to locating Mr. Thicke’s most embarrassing stock photos.
How did we do?
Tweeters took issue with both the “I know you want it” lines from “Blurred Lines” and Thicke’s not-at-all creepy album and tour built entirely around efforts to win back his soon-to-be-ex-wife.
Some of the better ones:
#AskThicke Do you need some lessons in using social media? If you say “No”, we both know that actually means “Yes”.
— Jamie Keen (@Keenooooo) July 1, 2014
For the record, we’re pretty sure he didn’t plan this himself. He can’t be that dumb.
There’s no need to #AskThicke. You know he wants it.
— Peff Soulsby (@Copperguts) July 1, 2014
More great unanswered questions:
On a scale of R. Kelly to Phil Spector, how do you intend to “Get Her Back?” #AskThicke
— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) June 30, 2014
#AskThicke don’t you think this is an ironic hashtag considering you’re not one for asking?
— Thomas Simpson (@Simmy41) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke Do you know the line you’ll have to sign on the divorce papers won’t be blurred?
— Lena Horne (@shakiraevanss) July 1, 2014
— Steve Leichman (@SteveDashOh) July 1, 2014
Topical! And, like “Blurred Lines” itself, this meme just won’t die.
Some people got creative:
#AskThicke If a train leaves Glasgow at 5pm at 100mph, another leaves Bristol at 6pm at 110mph how quickly can you stand in front of one?
— Tom Bell (@tombellforever) July 1, 2014
While others strayed off topic as hashtag mobs are wont to do:
#askthicke is the worst internet search engine
— Liz Buckley (@liz_buckley) July 1, 2014
We would write about the painfully obvious risks of open-ended forums created to promote controversial personalities, but the main lesson we learned from our Twitter scrolling this morning is…
Don’t take him back, Paula. Seriously.