If You Go To BU and Are Protesting The Robin Thicke Concert Because Of His Racy Video You Fail At Life

Boston University Students Want School to Cancel Robin Thicke Concert

Some Boston University students are making it crystal clear—they don’t want “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke to perform at the school.

A petition started by members of the Humanists of Boston University are calling on school officials to cancel a spring concert featuring Thicke, on March 4, at the Agganis Arena, due to the “misogyny” they say is laced into the lyrics of the performer’s popular song.

“Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University’s own history. Thus, we suggest that Robin Thicke’s performance be cancelled,” members of group wrote on the Change.org petition, which as of Wednesday morning had more than 1,100 names attached to it in support.

“Thicke’s hit song, ‘Blurred Lines,’ celebrates having sex with women against their will. Lyrics such as, ‘I know you want it,’ explicitly use non-consensual language. And while watching the extremely explicit video, the insinuations grow from subtle to explicit to obnoxious,” the group said.

Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” during the Grammy Awards in January, and was nominated in several categories for the pop song. But despite its worldwide success, some students still think even just one song containing controversial lyrics is one song too many.

Worldwide success.  You’re in College.  Presumably in your teen and early 20’s- The prime of your life.  You don’t have better things to protest than a sexy pop song?  Uhmmm last I checked when you’re in college you’re supposed to be studying, playing sports, going to parties and getting your freak on. 

You wanna protest something?  Protest the lack of cold beer in the dining halls.  Protest the cost of tuition.  Protest when your school gets shafted on a tournament bid.

What a waste of time. 

Trying to pick a college?  Keep this shit in mind when you’re making your decision. You wanna be around a bunch of people complaining about a sexy pop video or would you rather go to a school with good academics in addition to great athletic programs that rally the student body to root for the their school and bring alumni together!

 

Oh and congrats to Robin Thicke.  I’m sure these idiots have only managed to stuff a couple extra million into your pockets with all this extra exposure.  Buy his song.  Even if you don’t dig it. 

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  • Agreed brotha. I get the rants about the lyrics, it’s low hanging fruit. If you dissected every stupid pop album, county album, rock album, whatever album, you’ll quickly find all kinds of songs you can intemperate in a fashion to start some hate cause. It’s goddamn club song! Let it go and find a real cause in need, like say: the millions of children starving in this country, the millions without health insurance, the millions smashed by hurricanes and storms wold wide, women’s clinics that need funding….the homeless…..dear God! It’s like going to a Nascar race and complaining about the dangerous exhaust fumes the cars put out. Perhaps those anti-cheesy pop star folks should boycott all the Hollywood crime shows and movies that repeatedly show females as helpless rape victims (in the name of entertainment) as their main source of content for every single scene or episode. Maybe they should track down the 3 million females that bought the albums by Thicke, and give them all a good lashing and education. Shit, tobacco puts MILLIONS of people in early graves every year, I would say those people need help first! So get out to those tobacco farms, convenient stores, WALMARTS, bars, and every single place that allows this insanity, and put a stop to it!!
    The truth is, your not going alter the machine that is pop-culture by boycotting one artist because of his current misogynistic club jam. Start a movement that empowers young girls, and women, to break in to the media-world that is dominated by men. Get in power, then make change. Your daughters, nieces, sisters, and friends will benefit from that cause…10 fold.

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    • Good argument, and I agree, It may seem like a fruitless, petty thing to some and too naive/idealistic to be of any value, but sometimes our deepest held feelings and beliefs and maybe even experiences we have had or know about move us to act in spite of the insurmountable tide against such actions. Just because there are bigger fish to fry, and getting in power to change things would be more effective, I don’t think it’s fair to criticize a group because they see fit to act now on something they may have power to change now. Considering recent and frequent news about gang rapes, brutality, human trafficking, sexual assault rampant in the military, etc., and treatment of women worldwide, I think it is not so petty as it may appear, to at least make a statement–certainly more admirable than protesting no cold beer–now that would be acting like spoiled college brats and more true to a stereotype of the privileged few. Individuals and groups are free to protest whatever they feel worthy to speak out against and not what others feel they could otherwise be doing with their time and energy, and, while it may not change a culture or pop music in a meaningful way, perhaps it’s a start for young people to bigger things (who can say?), and certainly not a failure at life so early in their journey in life!
      P.S. I love GMG for all of its funny, savvy, artistic/creative, informative posts, including the critiques of this boycott–makes us think.

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  • Wrong, wrong, wrong! Rape on college campuses is an epidemic, and songs that celebrate sexual assault *should* be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Believe it or not, a lot of young men think violence against women is OK, as long as they get away with it (this is self-reported by college students – see stat below). Mix in a few dozen kegs of beer and add Robin Thicke on top of it and you’ve got a loaded weapon.
    Consider this:
    In the United States, 1 in 6 women reported experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives. In Massachusetts alone, 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted each year – that’s 12 people each day – one every two hours.
    Nine in 10 rape survivors are female. Females ages 16-19 are four times more likely to be the victims of sexual assault or rape than the general population.
    Think women are crying wolf? 95 percent of sexual assaults that were reported were determined to be substantiated with sound evidence.
    Rape costs a survivor on average $87,000 per year in lost productivity due to medical and mental health needs, loss of employment and/or housing, and costs for therapy and medical treatment.
    Most survivors report that they used protective action against an assailant, either through physical force or by asking the assailant to stop.
    Now, if that weren’t bad enough, let’s take a look at the college stats, where 1 of every 4 women have been victims of rape or attempted rape, according to a study surveying more than 6,000 students at 32 colleges in the U.S. That’s a quarter of all female college students, Joey.
    In another study of college students, 35% of men indicated some likelihood that they would commit a violent rape against a woman who had fended off an advance if they were assured of getting away with it.
    These stats are all from legit sources, and you can find a compendium of them at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center here: http://barcc.org/information/facts/stats/
    Craig, you make some excellent points in the rest of your comment, particularly about empowering young girls to break into the media world that produces such garbage, but that doesn’t change the fact that this stuff is toxic and shouldn’t be tolerated. I applaud the students at BU for taking a stand.
    Joey, you’ve got girls who will be heading off to college in the not too distant future. Let’s hope that these trends have reversed by then – but don’t fool yourself, they won’t as long as “entertainment” like this is tolerated.

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  • This is Anna – I totally disagree with you Joey – I found the protest against this middle aged misogynist to be a breath of fresh air – I thought this young generation had rolled over and accepted the “make me a sandwich” misogyny crap that is so prevalent these days so I was so glad when I heard that my alma mater (CAS ’86) was protesting him – go Terriers. It gives me hope. Abbi is right rape on college campuses is UP – so that means when college shopping for our girls we have to look at those statistics and take those into account. And a campus that is actively against rape culture and speaks out so loudly and strongly makes that college more attractive not less. I’m glad these college kids are finding Robin Thicke creepy – seriously the only way the guy could get any traction in the music world was to sing a creepy rape song? protest away. It is a very catchy tune and honestly it pisses me off that he took such a great tune from Marvin Gaye and messed it up with his sexist lyrics – it still could have been a great sexy song without the misogyny.

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  • A very personal area for all some music I like some music I don’t my choice when listening or turning it off…I am big on the meaning behind the music:-)

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  • Right on Anna and Abbie! Minimizing violence against women because one sees violence elsewhere makes no sense. Maybe the guys “freakin out” in college are OK with Thicke’s lyrics but some college women are not. Maybe when some of these same guys grow up and have daughters in college they may feel differently.

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  • The conversation above is not unlike what occurs in my classes. The issue here, which Abbie, Anna, and Joan point to, is rape culture, based on misogyny, which still permeates our culture in this country. Really, a larger view of and a closer look at the Robin Thicke lyrics and his video gives us a very good example of how misogyny and patriarchy work to permeate our culture. Here, we have institutional and cultural systems that have branches in all major institutions in society that work to privilege men over women and in some cases do violence to women.

    Should we censor Robin Thicke? No — because we must uphold the Constitution, and it is his right to say what he wants. Should we boycott him? Certainly. Because this is the United States of America and it is our right (and I would argue, duty) to point to injustice when we see it.

    The cultural acceptance of violence against women prevails — and much of this is created by the media, of which Robin Thicke is a part. One just needs to look at the case of Steubenville, Ohio to see how rape culture is played out in society. I recommend viewing the video clip, below, and then reviewing the Robin Thicke video afterwards. The juxtaposition between the two is exactly what Abbie and Anna are saying, but it provides a visual to match the rhetorical context of Thicke’s video. Here it is; happy viewing:

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  • The words in this song are very scary because the tune is catchy, go BU

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