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Edinburgh Uni bans 'Blurred Lines' from students' union

Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines song has been banned from being played in any of the student union buildings at the University of Edinburgh.

The American's worldwide hit has been criticised with some people saying it refers to non-consensual sex in some of the song's lyrics.

These include the main chorus lines: "I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it" and "must wanna get nasty".

The singer has dismissed accusations of lyrics about rape as "ridiculous".

He insisted in a magazine interview that he has "always respected women".

The ban falls in line with an Edinburgh University Students' Association (EUSA) policy, entitled End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus, to tackle "myths and stereotypes around sexual violence".
An extract from the policy argues that lad culture promoters, such as lads mag websites, "trivialize rape" and "cannot be allowed by our union".

EUSA vice president Kirsty Haigh said: "The decision to ban Blurred Lines from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent.
"There is a zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, a policy to end lad culture on campus and a safe space policy - all of which this song violates."

  • Date published: 16th September 2013
  • Written by: Elizabeth Savage

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