Robin Thicke's hit summer smash "Blurred Lines" has been banned from airplay at a Scottish university over allegations that the sexually suggestive lyrics glamourize violence toward women.
The R&B star faced a storm of controversy upon the track's release earlier this year, with the singer coming under fire from officials at Britain's Rape Crisis charity over lines like "I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it" and "Nothing like your last guy/He don't smack that a-- and pull your hair like that."
Thicke dismissed the criticism as "ridiculous" and said the tune had nothing to do with taking advantage of women. He said, "I can't even dignify that with a response. That's ridiculous ... For me (the song is) about blurring the lines between men and women and how much we're the same. And the other side which is the blurred lines between a good girl and a bad girl, and even very good girls all have little bad sides to them."
His explanation and the popularity of the song has not stopped officials at the University of Edinburgh from cutting the track from playlists across all of their student union buildings.
Edinburgh University Students' Association vice president Kirsty Haigh says, "The decision to ban 'Blurred Lines' from our venues has been taken, as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent. "(There is) zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, a policy to end lad (rowdy male) culture on campus, and a safe space policy -- all of which this song violates."
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