UK Universities Ban Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’
The student union at the University of Leeds says the song won’t be played in the school’s bars or nightclubs. It’s the second school to do so following similar action by the University of Edinburgh.
The officers in Leeds’ student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it “undermines and degrades women.” The pop hit has been widely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity — such as “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it” — and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men.
But isn’t that the whole point? The song underscores how often there are blurred lines and thus is relevant social commentary, not promotion of rape.