Students to BU: Cancel Robin Thicke Show
'Blurred Lines' celebrates sexual violence, group says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2014 9:33 AM CST
Robin Thicke performing as part of the Power 96.1's Jingle Ball 2013 at Philips Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Atlanta.   (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Robin Thicke may have had the "song of the summer," but at least a few Boston University students (and nearly 2,000 people who've signed their petition) think his "Blurred Lines" is also sexist—and they don't want him performing on campus. Thicke has a concert scheduled at the school on March 4, but in the petition started by the Humanists of Boston University, students label him a misogynist whose hit single "celebrates having sex with women against their will" and ask that the show be canceled.

"Lyrics such as, 'I know you want it,' explicitly use non-consensual language," the petition reads. Says the group's president, "There's even a vignette you can find online where rape victims write down things their rapists said to them before or during the act of rape and they are astonishingly similar to the lyrics used." So far it doesn't look like the show will be canceled, so the group has planned a protest outside the concert venue, MyFox Boston reports. On BU Today, writer Alicia Cameron agrees with the petition, theorizing that Thicke "wrote a song with assault innuendo without thinking about it" because "as a male of privilege ... he doesn’t have to think about it."

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Becuzican
Feb 26, 2014 1:43 AM CST
What a joke. When Miley Cyrus starts getting banned from performing for sticking her nearly naked butt up in the air in front of this poor dude by a women's group somewhere, I will take this complaint as something other than more sexual discrimination against men.
johnnywish
Feb 24, 2014 7:21 PM CST
Not sure how this is all that different than "get lucky," seeing as how this typically is about a guy trying to wear down a girl's resistance, often with alcohol, etc...(I know the official explanation, but that's not what comes across...)
Southbound
Feb 24, 2014 4:02 PM CST
Boston University deserves a loser like Robin Thicke. That school is overrated and overpriced. Plus you have to deal with the spoiled brats from Long Island who unfortunately make up a sizable portion of the student body. If anyone is looking at colleges, avoid BU like the plague. Go to a state school. The education is just as good and you won't be drowning in debt when you graduate. Sorry for going off topic, but I made the colossal mistake of going to BU and have regretted it ever since. My degree never helped me at all in the job market and I had to pay back almost $15K in student loans. I graduated in 1989 so I'm sure the price would be exponentially higher now. Sorry for sounding like a whiner, but I would just like to help prevent anyone else from making the same mistake as me. As for the subject at hand, this sounds like the same censorship BS which Tipper Gore was doing back in the 80's. I, in no way, would EVER condone any type of violence against women, but if you don't like the song, don't listen to it, and if you don't like Robin Thicke, don't go to his concerts. And while I do applaud people for standing up for what they believe in, protests often just give people more notoriety and increase their number of fans/followers. If anything, this will probably just get more students to want to check out the show, even if they know nothing about Robin Thicke, in order to see what all the fuss it about.