It ‘Excuses Rape Culture:’ U.K. College Bars Ban Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

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September 27, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just when you thought all of the controversy surrounding Robin Thicke’s summer smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” had somehow died down, you find out that there’s more. According to NBC News, five British universities have banned the song from their campus bars, arguing that it “excuses rape culture.”

The student union organizations at Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland universities have all axed the controversial track from their campus playlists due to what they have perceived to be misogynist lyrics.

“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture. It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand,” said Hollie O’Connor, student union president at the University of Derby.

Hollie went on to say that she received a ton of supportive emails since pulling the song from the school’s playlist and “not one which comes close to a complaint.”

“If I had 1,000 students in one of our bars and only 10 percent felt uncomfortable with the song being played then we’d have failed them.”

A similar ban implemented over at Edinburgh University was set in place by a larger campus campaign to “end rape culture on campus.” According to campaign organizers, “a significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.”

As for the students at Leeds, education officer Alice Smart says, “the lyrics of the song [Blurred Lines]  conflict with our core value of equality and our commitment to having zero tolerance of sexual harassment… we have asked our resident DJs to remove the song from their playlists.”

Smart added that although there are many other songs with similar themes and offensive lyrics,”‘Blurred Lines’ was singled out in-particular due to its commercial success and the recent negative publicity surrounding it.”

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  • enlightenment

    I don’t understand where people are getting “rape” from this song. People are sick. This song is about SEXUAL TENSION. Robin Thicke says “I hate these blurred lines.” Translation: He’s frustrated by the fact he can see she wants him “by the way [she] grabs [him]” (according to the lyrics), but he’s still unsure. That’s all! Where the hell’s the rape in that?

  • WunMsJay

    WTH is rape “culture?”…Since when is rape a “culture?” Rape is forcing sex or sexual acts upon an unwilling participant…where in the world does that come in to play with this song? People LOVE to protest things that don’t matter, but mum is the word when it comes to actual world issues, current events, and other things that affect us all. This world, this life…

    • Michelle Cooke

      Rape and sexual harassment doesn’t matter? The song is obviously obnoxious and disrespectful. Just because Thicke’s wife is a weirdo freak that likes sexual deviance, swinging and the likes, it doesn’t mean that we should be okay with it.

      • ok

        The song is obnoxious…yes. However, rape culture and sexual harassment are not the same thing as being obnoxious. Whether it is disrespectful or not is up for interpretation. I don’t see it that way. I enjoy the song. TI even says in the song that he will sit back and wait for her to CHOOSE him. How is rape even associated with this song?

        • Michelle Cooke

          No one said obnoxious and sexual harassment were the same thing so chill.

          • ok

            I think you missed my point…

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