"Blurred Lines" Banned By Universities in the U.K.

Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste

by Karl-Lydie Jean-Baptiste

Published September 20, 2013


Robin Thicke's number one song "Blurred Lines" continues to make headlines. This time it's because it has been banned by four universities in the U.K. According to The Guardian, the universities of Derby, of the West of Scotland, Leeds, and Edinburgh have banned the song because its lyrics "undermine and degrade women."

The ban by the University of Edinburgh came last week as its Student Association released a new policy to "End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus." The other universities followed by banning the song from campus bars and night clubs. Holly O'Connor, president of Derby's students' union justified the ban saying, "The song suggests there are blurred lines in sexual consent and obviously there are not. It's important that our venues are all safe spaces, which is why we chose to ban the song."

The song also won't be played on SubTV, a TV channel that broadcasts to over 80 universities throughout the U.K.

In defense of the song, Thicke said during an appearance on NBC's The Today Show, "It's supposed to stir conversation, it's supposed to make us talk about what's important and what the relationship between men and women is, but if you listen to the lyrics it says 'That man is not your maker' — it's actually a feminist movement within itself."

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