'Blurred Lines' banned at Edinburgh University
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Edinburgh University Students' Association has banned Robin Thicke's controversial chart topper in a move to eradicate sexism and lad culture on campus. This summer’s controversial hit, which has clogged airwaves, stuck to TV screens like dust and generated heated debate amongst feminists and music lovers alike, has been banned from Edinburgh University as part of its pledge to purge the union of unwelcome lad culture. Last Sunday at a silent disco held at the union in Edinburgh the DJ was ordered by EUSA (Edinburgh University Students' Association) to fade out the chart topping single, although students had the option to change to another channel on their headphones. Robin Thicke has fervently denied accusations of sexism, claiming to have always respected women, despite confessing to GQ that he relished the opportunity to ‘degrade a woman’ in a video that focuses beadily on female models’ bodies. However, EUSA felt that Thicke’s self-penned single, with its uncomfortable repetitious refrain ‘I know you want it’, had no place at a union eager to address residual sexism and harassment on campus. Kirsty Haigh, EUSA vice president, argued that the song "promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent." As part of a daring and innovative strategy to ‘End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus’, EUSA has promised to confront lad culture head on with ambitious aims to campaign against myths surrounding sexual violence, to refuse a platform to rape apologists such as George Galloway and to confront burgeoning sites such as UniLad that bolster and foster misogynist views. The news of the ban comes in the wake of further online fury as YouTube users were left disgruntled following the temporary removal of a hard-hitting feminist video response to Thicke (whose lyrics include lines such as "I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two") due to the Auckland based feminists’ use of male objectification in a similar vein. It appears that despite summer drawing to a close, August’s number one hit is still stirring controversy.
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