(CNN) -- Robin Thicke is clearing up the hazy meaning behind his summer jam, "Blurred Lines."
The R&B singer has been criticized for crooning "rapey" lyrics, as the single includes phrases like, "I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it ... But you're a good girl/the way you grab me/Must wanna get nasty."
Yet Thicke tells the BBC that he was going for female empowerment rather than sleaze.
"I can't dignify that with a response," Thicke said of his critics. "That's ridiculous ... For me, it was about blurring the lines between men and women, and how much we're the same. My wife is as strong as I am, if not smarter and stronger. And she's an animal too, and she doesn't need a man to define her. The song is really about women are everything that a man is, and can do anything a man can do."
His wife, actress Paula Patton, was also an inspiration behind the racy music video for "Blurred Lines," which was pulled from YouTube for featuring a bevy of models wearing nothing but flesh-colored thongs.
"It was actually the director's idea, Diane Martel," Thicke said. "I had mentioned to her that I wanted to do a very funny and silly video. ... And she said, 'well, what if we have the girls take their clothes off?' And I said, 'let's make sure we shoot two versions, because I don't want it to be sleazy.' I've always been a gentleman, I've been in love with the same woman since I was a teenager. I don't want to do anything that's inappropriate."
While Thicke said that he was more partial to the clothed version, his spouse encouraged him to go with something more risque. "I showed [the naked version] to my wife and all my girlfriends, and they said, 'You have to put this out, this is so sexy and so cool.'"
Of course, there is another side to the "Blurred Lines" coin, "which is, the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl," he said. "Even very good girls have a little bad side to them, you just have to know how to pull it out of them."