We no longer have to worry about Robin Thicke gaming Boyz II Men’s throne, but “Blurred Lines” continues to glide along, like an oily snake making its way down a sleeping woman’s body, as a once-in-a-career megahit. It’s also caused more than its share of controversy, with lyrics that can only be described as “sort of rape-y.”
That’s why a student union at Edinburgh University in Scotland has banned Emily Ratajkowski, er, the song.
Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” song has been banned from being played in any of the student union buildings at the University of Edinburgh. The ban falls in line with an Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) policy, entitled End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus, to tackle “myths and stereotypes around sexual violence.” An extract from the policy argues that lad culture promoters, such as lad mag websites, “trivialize rape” and “cannot be allowed by our union.”
EUSA vice president Kirsty Haigh said: “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.” (Via)
Our douchebags are their ladbags, and never the twain shall meet. For fear of Axe Body Smog.