Robin Thicke's chart-topping single 'Blurred Lines' is undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of the year, but both its lyrics and its racy video have caused controversy over the last few months but it has now found itself being banned from a campus at the University of Edinburgh.
The 37-year-old crooner has scored one of the biggest-selling tracks of the summer with 'Blurred Lines' which enjoyed 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts before being overtaken by Katy Perry, and its success was no doubt due in part to the racy music video which sees Robin, Pharrell Williams and T.I. standing amongst a bevy of naked women.
Robin Thicke has divided opinion with his hit 'Blurred Lines' (Dominic Chan/WENN.com)
However, the Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) has banned the song from being played on campus due to their mission to “end rape culture and lad banter on campus," to tackle "myths and stereotypes around sexual violence.”
Kirsty Haigh, the vice president of EUSA has said: "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 harrassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy - all of which this song violates."
Many people have felt uncomfortable with the nature of the song and it's video believing that it objectifies and is sexist towards women. However, Thicke told GQ that he has "always respected women" and in an interview with Today he claimed:
“If you listen to the lyrics it says 'That man is not your maker' - it's actually a feminist movement within itself.”
Lyrics in the song include: “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it" and "must wanna get nasty" which many have taken to mean that the lines are suggesting to ignore or presume a woman's consent.
The track has hit the number one spot around the world and has sold over a million copies in the UK alone, the censored version of the video has had more than 171 million views on YouTube.
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