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Edinburgh University issues ban on ‘Blurred Lines’

Posted on Thursday, 12 September by

Edinburgh University’s Student Union has issued a ban on Robin Thicke’s number one hit single ‘Blurred Lines’ from being played in any of its student buildings, reports the Edinburgh Tab. The single has attracted criticism from feminists in recent weeks.

Those in charge at Edinburgh University have reiterated their desire to crackdown on lad culture this coming year, championing a policy to ‘End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus’, and ‘Blurred Lines’ is one of the first things to suffer. The track was cut short at a silent disco on campus last week, despite students having a choice to switch to another track.

The original song, featuring Pharrell and T.I. includes the lyrics:

He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that…I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two,”

The original song has been accused of ‘blurring the lines’ between consensual sex and rape, something that Robin Thicke himself vehemently denies. While the song has attracted the attention of feminist campaigners, there’s no indication that other universities will follow Edinburgh union’s lead in laying down a ban.

Last week, three female students from New Zealand released a parody entitled “Defined Lines”, which included the lyrics “what you see on TV, doesn’t speak equality, it’s straight up misogyny” and the video shows men in their underwear with dog leashes around their necks being squirted with cream and having dollar bills stuffed into their pants.

Blurred Lines

As of yet, Edinburgh Universty Student Union has declined to comment.

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Corey Pellatt
22-year-old editor of SQ Magazine and Media Studies student at the University of Sussex. Freelance writer for clients including BHAFC.


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