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

September 27, 2013  |  

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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