The song of the summer, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” has just been banned from the University of Edinburgh. According to Digital Spy, the song was not in accordance with the school’s “End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus” policy.
This ban accompanies a slew of complaints about the single regarding the lyrics that may potentially be construed as condoning rape culture. These lyrics include:
“I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two” and “I hate these blurred lines, you know you want it.”
Though the song and video are far from the only examples of female objectification in the media, even currently, the ban serves the purpose of creating awareness. The University of Edinburgh is demonstrating to its students that continued gender exploitation is not something that has to be a reality.
In a statement to NME, the Edinburgh University Student Association vice president services Kirsty Haigh, had this to say:
“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 harassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy — all of which this song violates.”
Though the action may seem inconsequential in the grander scheme of music culture and its treatment of women, it’s most certainly a step in the right direction. For a more humorous take on the situation, check out this hilarious parody of “Blurred Lines” with gender role reversals.