United Kingdom: Universities ban the song ‘Blurred Lines’

Around 20 university student unions have banned Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ from being played in their bars over fears the song glamourises rape and its lyrics are sexist.


Around 20 institutions including the universities of Chester, Brighton and Gloucestershire have now stopped it from being played in their student union bars. SubTV, which broadcasts in 100 universities, has barred the song from being played.

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“This week, University College London student union (UCLU) took the unusual step of banning a single song, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines . It joins around 20 other UK student unions to do so. This is the latest development in the story of how the biggest song of the year became the most controversial of the decade: an unprecedented achievement, though not one that fills Thicke with pride.”

The Guardian – 14 November 2013:
Blurred Lines: the most controversial song of the decade
Another student union has banned Robin Thicke’s party track. How did it become such a lightning rod for moral outrage and censorship? Article by Dorian Lynskey