Robin Thicke was left stunned earlier this year after a GQ magazine interview appeared to suggest he enjoyed degrading women with his racy Blurred Lines video, because the writer failed to make it clear he was just joking.
The soul star was accused of objectifying women by having models parade around naked for the promo, and he was quizzed about the allegations during a chat with a reporter from GQ this spring.
However, the singer admits he was a little taken aback 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.' "
Thicke has now opened up about his statements to talk show titan Oprah Winfrey, insisting his comments were said in jest because he had been impersonating funnyman Will Ferrell's misogynistic Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy character to make light of the whole situation.
During an appearance on Oprah's Next Chapter, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday, 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."