EMBARRASSING AWARD: Robin Thicke performing in Tampa, Florida, US, on Dec 19 (PA)
ROBIN THICKE has been voted "sexist of the year" in an online poll set up by a women’s rights organisation.
The Lost Without You singer was given the embarrassing title by the UK’s End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW).
The EVAW Coalition has more than 60 members around the UK who are working to end sexual and domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, trafficking, stalking and other forms of abuse.
Supporters of the EVAW and members of the public were encouraged to send their nominations by email and on the Twitter hashtag #sexist2013 from the start of the year. The singer received almost twice as many votes as runner up, for second year in a row, Prime Minister David Cameron.
Thicke, 36, won his award after he said: “What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman”, during a GQ magazine interview back in May.
Although he has been on the music scene for over ten years, he shot to international fame this summer when his song Blurred Lines which was labeled Billboard's song of the summer and features T.I and Pharrell. The song, which has suggestive rape lyrics and a music video with topless and scantily clad women has been banned by a number of UK student unions.
Sarah Green from the End Violence Against Women Coalition said: “Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner, Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop.”
The EVAW Coalition will be sent the R&B singer a voucher to download Aretha Franklin’s Respect as a prize.
Thicke currently lives in Canada with his wife, Baggage Claim actress Paula Patton and three-year-old son. They were both in their teens when they started dating.