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Then vs. Now: Two things Robin Thicke and BNL have in common

They’re both Canadian and they both made creative choices that caused them to lose a very big gig.
Robin Thicke and Barenaked Ladies do share two important things. 3:24

They're an unlikely pairing, even on the most wide-ranging playlist, but R&B star Robin Thicke and Scarborough goof-rockers Barenaked Ladies do share two important things: they're both Canadian and they both made creative choices that caused them to lose a very big gig.

In this week's Then Vs. Now, we explore those choices — Thicke's controversial 2013 video for Blurred Lines, featuring nude models, and BNL's very name — the fallout from those choices, and of course, the fallout from the fallout.

About the Author

Dave Pearce

Dave Pearce is a co-founder of Slap Happy Improvisational Theatre Company, three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winner for best improv troupe. When he's not writing for CBC, he's living with his wife and son in Bobcaygeon, and yes, he's heard the song.

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