“Blurred Lines” was the most talked about song of the summer but this fall several college campuses are banning the track from being played.
Robin Thicke‘s now infamous hit that went to No. 1 in 14 countries won’t be played at five British university campus bars, as several claim that the song “excuses rape culture.” Universities including London’s Kingston University as well as college campuses in Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby and West Scotland will also ban the song.
“The song hugely objectifies woman and excuses rape culture,” Hollie O’Connor, president of the University of Derby Students’ Union, told NBC News. “It is a man suggesting that there are ‘blurred lines’ when it comes to sexual consent and that is unacceptable. We felt we needed to take a stand.”
“Has anyone heard Robin Thicke’s new rape song?” Huynh wrote. “Basically, the majority of the song (creepily named ‘Blurred Lines’) has the R&B singer murmuring ‘I know you want it’ over and over into a girl’s ear. Call me a cynic, but that phrase does not exactly encompass the notion of consent in sexual activity.”
All the while, Thicke has defended the song. In an interview with Radio.com, he explained how the song came together.
“In the studio, Pharrell and I started jamming,” Thicke said. “One of the first things Pharrell did was go, ‘Hey, hey, hey!’ and then we started having such a great time. We were dancing around the studio like old men. We were doing our old men barbecue dances.”
He added: “The video breaks all the rules,” he said. “Everything you’re not supposed to do in a video we did. I think it’s just resonating to everybody that it’s fun, it’s sexy and it’s cool and that’s hard to find. Most of time big pop songs are normally very corny. Even though you love them, they’re guilty pleasures. This one doesn’t feel so guilty.”
Later, he told VH1 that there was nothing about the song, or video that was offensive
“For me, nudity is the least offensive thing in the whole world. Guns, violence, war? That’s offensive. A woman’s body has been painted and sculpted and talked about since the beginning of man. What I enjoy about the video is that we’re not ogling and degrading them, we’re laughing and being silly with them,” he said. “We pretty much wanted to take all the taboos of what you’re not supposed to do—bestiality, you know, injecting a girl in her bum with a five-foot syringe—I just wanted to break every rule of things you’re not supposed to do and make people realize how silly some of these rules are.”
Ironically, playing the song at these five university bars will be breaking the rules.