The University of Leeds became the second college in the United Kingdom to ban Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” because they believe it “undermines and degrades women.”
The University of Leeds’ student union will no longer play the song at any of the three clubs or two bars operated by the union.
"The reaction has been mainly positive," Alice Smart, an officer at Leeds' student union, told The Independent. "A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we aren't banning everything, but we've chosen this one as an example, because it's so popular."
Last week the student union at the University Edinburgh in Scotland banned the song from their venues “as it promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent.”
Robin Thicke has denied feminist claims that the song is promoting rape culture. He told GQ magazine that the accusation is “ridiculous” and he “always respected women.”
He claims lyrics like “I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it” is simply art meant to spark conversation.
Sociologial Images, a blog run by American sociologists, says that the lyrics in Thicke’s song are actual lines that rapists have said to victims. Lines like “I know you want it” and “You're a good girl.”
Thicke’s song has been called the song of summer 2013. It topped charts in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland.