Robin Thicke’s hit ‘Blurred Lines’ has been criticized for lyrics that appear to laud nonconsensual sex.
The University of Edinburgh’s Student Association didn’t see anything hazy about banning Robin Thicke‘s hit song “Blurred Lines” from campus.
According to Edinburgh’s The Tab, a DJ was told to yank the song from a playlist midway through a Silent Headphone Disco on Sunday night, despite the fact that the song was just one of several options for dancers listening in on headphones.
The ban is reportedly part of the Student Association’s new policy to “End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus.”
In a release on the Student Association’s website, the organization noted that the campaign was aimed “against myths and stereotypes around sexual violence” and “to support women’s campaigns across the campus and Edinburgh to stand up against…misogynist views.”
The University of Edinburgh has banned Robin Thicke’s song ‘Blurred Lines’ from campus as part of an effort to ‘end rape culture.’
Kirsty Haigh, the Association’s vice president of services, told The Indpendent that “the decision to ban ‘Blurred Lines’ from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent. EUSA has a policy on zero tolerance towards sexual harrassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy – all of which this song violates.”
Thicke has been criticized for the lyrical content of his Billboard-topping anthem, which features lyrics like “I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it.”
When the video for Thicke’s song premiered, Tricia Romano of the Daily Beast slammed the song as “kind of rapey.” Other critics have come forward, condemning the song for possibly lauding nonconsensual sex.