Remember last year when we told you that quite a few people considered Robin Thicke’s hit song, “Blurred Lines,” to be a rape song? Yeah, well, that feeling is still prevalent in 2014 it seems, and at a school in Boston, students protested Thicke’s concert last night to make it clear that they were not down with him or his music.
In early February, students at Boston University who are part of the group, Humanists of Boston University, started a petition to get Thicke’s concert at their school’s arena, scheduled for March 4, cancelled. They believed that having Thicke perform at Agganis Arena would make the school look “out of touch” with the realities of sexual violence. The Change.org petition had almost 3,000 supporters. In a statement about their petition, the Humanists of BU said this:
“Thicke’s hit song, ‘Blurred Lines,’ celebrates having sex with women against their will. Lyrics such as, ‘I know you want it,’ explicitly use non-consensual language…Clearly, Boston University has been a bedrock for feminism and ideologies of equality more generally. It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university. We kindly suggest that BU cancel Thicke’s performance, refund any ticket sales, and apologize for insinuating that sexism, or any form of baseless discrimination, is permissible at our institution.”
The school responded by saying that they didn’t set up the concert, it’s just taking place at the campus’ arena, so the show was not cancelled. In response to this, the same protesters took to Thicke’s concert last night, at the box office and in front of the doors, to speak against the song, Thicke and the concert. According to the Daily Mail, the students, BOTH men and women, held up signs and spoke to the press about their issue with the song.
Humanists of BU president, Patrick Johnson, told the student newspaper, The Daily Free Press, that “‘I find the lyrical insinuations, and especially the graphic insinuations in the music video, to represent a justification for rape.”
But the show did go on, and of course, it included a performance of “Blurred Lines.” No statements or responses from Thicke and his team on the protest, but Thicke has spoken about people saying “Blurred Lines” is a rape-y song before, and tried to clarify what the lyrics are really about. At the time he made reference to his wife, Paula Patton, though the two are now going through a separation:
“For me it was about blurring the lines between two things: Number one, men and women and how much we’re the same. My wife she’s as strong as I am, smart if not smarter, stronger, and she’s an animal too. She doesn’t need a man to define her or to define her existence. So the song is really about women are everything that a man is a can do anything a man can do. And then there’s the other side of it which is, the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl. Even very good girls have little bad side to them. You just have to pull it out of them.”
After hearing it nonstop last year, I’m just over “Blurred Lines” in general. But what do you think about the student protest?