Tired of Misogynist Bullshit, Edinburgh Students Ban ‘Blurred Lines’

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If Robin the director of the “Blurred Lines” video that the internet has gender-swapped to the power of infinity (just twice, really), could talk to the Edinburgh University Students’ Association, he’d probably say that “Blurred Lines” was, like, a feminist movement in itself, or whatever. LOL, IT’S CALLED SUBVERSION, COLLEGE (nevermind that Robin Thicke basically said the exact opposite thing in a GQ interview). Not that it would matter at this point, though — the EUSA has recently banned “Blurred Lines” from playing in any of the student unions’ buildings on Edinburgh’s campus.

According to the BBC, the EUSA’s decision to ban “Blurred Lines,” which has the dual benefit of fighting misogyny in pop culture AND curing students of their summer club-going nostalgia, falls in line with one of the organization’s official policies, called “End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus.” That so-called “lad-banter” was basically, according to an excerpt from Thicke’s May GQ interview, one of the song’s sources of inspiration, since he an Pharrell began the songwriting process by “acting like we were two old men on a porch hollering at girls.”

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An excerpt from the EUSA’s policy contends that “lad culture promoters” often “trivialize rape,” and therefore cannot be tolerated by the students’ union. EUSA vice-president Kristy Haigh told the BBC more pointedly that the overt misogyny in the lyrics to “Blurred Lines” flew in the face of the organization’s policy to end rape culture on campus:

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.

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Moral of the story? If you’re tired of this song’s endless radio replays, spend the semester in Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter book, and where a young Sean Connery worked as a milk deliverer.

‘Blurred Lines’ song banned at Edinburgh student union [BBC]

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I heard this song on the radio before people started treating it like the evil scourge of feminism, and, honestly, the "rapey" interpretations of the lyrics never occurred to me until I read people railing about it online.

My first impression of what the song is about: Robin Thicke wants to get nasty with The Hottest Bitch In This Place. Alas! The Hottest Bitch In This Place is there with another man. Drat! But The Hottest Bitch In This Place is also kind of flirting with Robin Thicke, and Robin Thicke is confused because there are all these blurred lines about what is okay and what is going on because why is The Hottest Bitch In This Place dancing all up on him when she's at This Place with another man? Robin Thicke uses his falsetto to convince The Hottest Bitch In This Place that he is a much better suitor than that other man, who is not her maker, and tries to convince her to be free... so they can get nasty together.

I have heard this damn song approximately 9 million times since then and I'm still convinced my interpretation is right. I really don't think the "blurred lines" are consent. I think Robin Thicke has muddled the whole affair by opening his mouth (which exists on his supremely ferret-y face) and calling a fairly simple song "a feminist movement" and so many other dumb things.

In closing, I am really tired of this song and Robin Thicke. But I am happy that Paula Patton is in the public eye, because one time I saw this episode of some weird show on Investigation Discovery where this chick made a bunch of money and fooled men by pretending to be Paula Patton, and I was confused because I had no idea who that was.