BU: Students Protest Scheduled Robin Thicke Show
Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 22:02
Many Boston University students are demanding the cancellation of an upcoming Robin Thicke concert.
Members of a BU organization, Humanists of Boston University, have started a petition on change.org, according to Fox Boston. The petition, which recently reached 1,500 signatures, calls on BU’s administration to take action and cancel Thicke’s concert, scheduled for March 4 at Agganis Arena.
The students in Humanists of Boston University feel that many of Thicke’s songs, particularly his chart-topping and Grammy-nominated “Blurred Lines,” are sexist, and that his celebrity comes in part from his blatant misogyny. “Thicke’s hit song, ‘Blurred Lines’ celebrates having sex with women against their will,” states the group’s petition. “Lyrics such as ‘I know you want it’, explicitly use non-consensual language ... while watching the extremely explicit video, the insinuation grows from subtle to explicit to obnoxious.”
“Boston University has been a bedrock for feminism and ideologies of equality more generally,” the petition reads. “It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university.”
Patrick Johnson, president of Humanists of Boston University, believes that Thicke and his music are “a blatant form of reinforcing rape culture and sexism.” To further their point, the group has scheduled a protest outside of Agganis Arena the night of the concert.
Nevertheless, Boston University released a statement stating that the concert is unlikely to be cancelled. The statement states that the university did not schedule Thicke’s concert, instead saying that it is merely a stop along Thicke’s 16-stop tour.
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