Robin Thicke’s very public crusade to win back wife Paula Patton brought the crooning star to a VH1-hosted Q&A, live on Twitter, Tuesday afternoon…and things went about as catastrophically bad as you might imagine.
Tweeters were invited to send their questions to the R&B star using the hashtag #AskThicke. Instead of peppering Rob with friendly questions about his new album, ahem, Paula, the hashtag became a magnet for queries on far more controversial subject matter: his Summer of ’13 blockbuster “Blurred Lines,” his public (arguably, bordering on stalkerish) campaign to reconcile with Patton and the rumors that he’s an adulterous sleazebag.
Here are some of the more side-splitting #AskThicke tweets:
#AskThicke Did you really write a rape anthem as a love song for your wife and are you still wondering why she left you?
— Maria (@MariaJPrice) July 1, 2014
If you HAD to choose, would you rather be remembered for a rape anthem, the public stalking of Paula or cultural appropriation?#AskThicke
— Rachel McKibbens (@RachelMcKibbens) June 30, 2014
Train A leaves the station at 40mph and train B leaves at 55mph, how far is the judge going to order you to stay away from Paula #AskThicke
— Tristan (@AyoTristan) July 1, 2014
If a tree falls in the forest & no one is around to hear it… Would you still be a male chauvinistic knob end? #AskThicke
— Jayne Sharp (@Jaynesharp) June 30, 2014
#AskThicke When you're not busy objectifying women, making light of rape and justifying sexual violence, how do you like to relax?
— Josephine Liptrott (@JoLiptrott) July 1, 2014
#AskThicke how does it feel to be a less talented, more hated, bootlegged version of Justin Timberlake?
— (@Kharismatic) July 1, 2014
There is absolutely no need to #AskThicke. You know he wants it.
— divya (@divyataery) July 2, 2014
#askThicke If one of your songs played in a forest and no one was around to hear it would it still be sexist and gross?
— Harsh Lauren (@LaurenHarsh1) July 1, 2014
Robin Thicke is getting terrible abuse on the #AskThicke hashtag. Maybe If he'd dressed less provocative & stayed sober it wouldn't happen?
— Jim Sheridan (@Jim_Sheridan) July 1, 2014
— Frankie Grandè (@TrogIodyke) July 1, 2014
After R. Kelly was publicly humiliated during a similar #AskaCelebrity social media event earlier this year, we’re surprised Hollywood heavyweights (and more importantly, their handlers) are still willing to participate. There’s something to be said for the shameless.
In an interview with Hot 97 early Tuesday, Robin denied that cheating is what prompted his split with Paula and confessed that he hasn’t seen his estranged wife in four months.
“[Cheating] is not why we’re apart. We’re apart because we just couldn’t be together anymore for a while. There’s a hundred different reasons, there isn’t just one. There’s a long list…I changed, and I got a little too selfish, a little too greedy and little too full of myself…She’s only heard a few songs. I don’t think she wants to hear it right now. I can’t speak for her, but I think space is an important part of any healing process.”