Robin Thicke named 'Sexist of the year'
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American recording artist, Robin Thicke, has been deemed the ‘Sexist of the year 2013’ by the End Violence Against Women Coalition. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, released in March was considered to be ‘rapey’ by many critics. Both the video and lyrics were condemned consent-waiving lyrics, resulting in it being banned from over 20 Universities in the UK and fuelling numerous campaigns against the objectification of women to promote pop music. Further uproar ensued when Thicke was reported to have joked, “What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before.” The End Violence Against Women Coalition aims to end sexual and domestic violence, trafficking and other such forms of abuse. Nominations for the title were sent into Twitter using the hashtag #sexist2013. More than 60 members of the coalition voted in the poll, with David Cameron being voted as the runner up for the second year in a row, thought to be due to the small number of women who are in his cabinet. The coalition has said they will be sending Thicke a voucher to download Aretha Franklin’s song ‘Respect’ as a prize. Sarah Green, from the End Violence Against Women Coalition has reported that Thicke’s song has actually helped the campaign to stop videos using sexist imagery. She stated, "Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop." Despite the concerns about the song, it topped charts in both the UK and America, and has recently been dubbed as the iTunes best-selling single of 2013.
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