Since its release, “Blurred Lines” has been making headlines. Now the controversial song by pop singer Robin Thicke is making them again, being banned by yet another British university student union.
The Guardian reports that the University College London student union has joined more than a dozen other British colleges — including the universities of London, Edinburgh, Leeds, Brighton, Exeter and West Scotland — in banning the song at union events. Thicke’s critics have condemned the song’s lyrics for being sexist and promoting sexual assault (Thicke repeatedly croons “I know you want it” and “I hate these blurred lines” throughout the song). When the student union at the University of London banned the song in September, they issued a statement that read, “We think that that student spaces should promote consent and not normalise rape culture and believe that we should start sending out strong messages to those who capitalise on misogyny on campuses.”
For his part, Thicke responded to the controversy by telling the BBC, “I don’t think people got it out here in those positions of power. I think the kids get it. I just have to deal with that. I wrote it about my wife. She’s my good girl. And I know she wants it because we’ve been together for 20 years so I can vouch for that.”