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University of Edinburgh Bans Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”

Well, any publicity is good publicity—right?

Robin Thicke’s hit “Blurred Lines” is certainly no stranger to controversy—from the topless models in the unedited version of the music video to the song’s provocative lyrics directed towards women, to the recent allegations that the song borrows too much from Marvin Gaye. Now, as NME reports, the song has been officially banned from student buildings at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland—not by the administration, but by the Student Union—amid claims that the song violates its “lad banter” policy by promoting unhealthy sexual attitudes towards women.

“The decision to ban ‘Blurred Lines’ from our venues has been taken as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent,” Student Association Vice President Kirsty Haigh told NME. “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.”

Ironically, Thicke himself has gone on record claiming that the song is intended to have the opposite effect, telling The Today Show during an appearance that his song was made “with the utmost respect for women” and that it is “a feminist movement within itself.” But given lyrics like “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two,” and given Thicke’s own ill-advised fake-humping of a twerking Miley Cyrus during the MTV VMA Awards—apparently, the students of Edinburgh University are not convinced.

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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