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Edinburgh University bans Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’

SONG BAN: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' will not get airtime at Edinburgh University (PA)

EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY has banned its students from listening to Robin Thicke’s number one single Blurred Lines because of its controversial lyrics.

The Scottish university will not allow the track to be played in any of its buildings, according to The Independent.

A DJ was apparently ordered to fade out the track at a silent disco on Sunday night despite students having the choice to turn off the song by switching to another channel on their headphones, according to a report from student website The Tab.

Although the single topped the charts around the world, it has received criticism of sexism and promoting non-consensual sex with lines, such as “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it” and “must wanna get nasty.”

Thicke has dismissed accusations of rape connotations as "ridiculous", telling GQ magazine that he has "always respected women."

The campus ban falls in line with the university’s association policy called "End Rape Culture And Lad Banter On Campus."

It was put forward in a bid to combat the "myths and stereotypes around sexual violence" and to discourage the sexual objectification of its female students.

Its mission statement reads: “A significant proportion of students and the wider population hold dangerous victim-blaming views about women who experience rape and sexual violence.

“These views are regularly expressed in our learning and social environments on campus, often without challenge from even from academic staff.”

It also argues that "lad culture" promoters, such as magazine websites and Facebook groups, "trivialise rape and by doing so contribute to a culturally permissible attitude to rape which is disgusting and cannot be allowed by our union.

"The solution to sexual violence is for rapists to stop raping, not for women to restrict their movement".

Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) vice president Kirsty Haigh said: "The decision to ban Blurred Lines from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent.

She added: "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."

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