Robin Thicke‘s track ‘Blurred Lines’ has been banned from student buildings at the University of Edinburgh.
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 campus ban on the chart-topping hit is part of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association policy ‘End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus’, which as student newspaper The Tab reports, aims to shut down the “myths and stereotypes around sexual violence” and prevent the sexual objectification of female students.
Kirsty Haigh, Edinburgh University Student Association vice president services told NME in a statement: “The decision to ban ‘Blurred Lines’ from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent. EUSA has a policy on zero tolerance towards sexual harrassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy – all of which this song violates.”
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.”