Robin Thicke’s, “Blurred Lines,” has been banned by Edinburgh University, because it allegedly trivialises rape.
The hit song includes the lines, “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it… must wanna get nasty.” However, Thicke has dismissed these claims, calling them “ridiculous,” and insisting that he’s “always respected women.”
However, due to a policy created by Edinburgh University Students’ Association, which is entitled End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus and looks to combat “myths and stereotypes around sexual violence.”
Kirst Haigh, the vice president of the Students’ Association, believes that the song promotes sexist culture and “cannot be allowed by our union.”
She remarked, “The decision to ban “Blurred Lines” from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent. 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.”
However, a DJ at the university has criticised the decision, confirming that he ordered to fade the track at a recent event.
Magnus Monahan stated, “I was playing the song at the headphone disco where people had a choice of what they wanted to listen to. About half the people had chosen to listen to my channel where I played Robin Thicke.”
He continued, “Halfway through a EUSA technician came over and told me to fade it out as the song was banned. No one told me this before I started but I did it anyway.”
The 22-year-old added, “It’s absolutely ridiculous that they’ve decided to do this because at the end of the day it was the biggest song of the summer and it’s cheesy and that’s what Freshers like. It’s people’s own choice. They get to choose and if I’m perfectly honest they’re being very hypocritical.
He then confirmed, “If the government had decided to ban a song for similar reasons, then the very same people would be up in arms because it’s an infringement of free speech.”
Monahan has noted that he plans to play the song in the future at some point.