November 3, 2013 15:14
Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' banned from University College London
UCL joins other UK Universities to outlaw the controversial song
The singer's summer hit has been banned in a number of further education institutions across the UK since its release, with UCL being the latest to take measures to prevent the song from being played on campus, reports student newspaper The Tab.
The motion was passed after the track was played at a recent 'Frat Party' night hosted in the University's union. The move to ban the song is in support of a call by the National Union of Students (NUS) to stop the song, which they believe normalises rape, from being playing on any UK campus.
The controversial track, which features the lyrics "I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two" has been branded by critics as sexist, with allegations that it promotes non-consensual sex with the chorus "I hate these blurred lines". The University of Edinburgh was the first to have the song outlawed in student buildings, followed by Leeds, Kingston, Derby and West Scotland Universities.
Thicke recently claimed that the song's lyrics were a "feminist movement within itself". He said: "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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