Last week at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, Robin Thicke’s smash hit “Blurred Lines” has been banned from being played at any of the student union buildings. According to the BBC, the song has been banned by Endiburgh’s student union because of the song’s alleged promotion of rape culture.
The song featuring rapper T.I. and producer, Pharrell, has been criticized by some as tacitly endorsing non-consensual sex in the song’s lyrics; an implication that Thicke has dismissed as “ridiculous.” Thicke sings on the song’s hook, “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it.”
The ban falls in line with Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) policy to end rape culture and to tackle “myths and stereotypes around sexual violence”.
“The decision to ban Blurred Lines from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent.” EUSA vice president Kirsty Haigh said. “There is a zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy – all of which this song violates.”