McGill students won’t ban Blurred Lines

Some offended by Robin Thicke’s provocative lyrics


Thicke with Miley Cyrus (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

The Students’ Society of McGill University has opted not to ban the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, known for its refrain, “I know you want it.” The song has long been criticized for lyrics that some say encourage and trivialize sexual assault.

There were seven votes in favour of the ban, eight opposed and 11 abstentions, according to the McGill Tribune. The motion was put forward by student Sarah Southey, who said the lyrics could trigger bad memories for assault victims when played at the campus bar. Brian Farnan, a SSMU vice-president, was opposed to the proposed censorship. “This will set a frightening precedent, when we start to ban artistic content in a student building in a university,” he said.

Several student unions in the United Kingdom, including those at the universities of London, Kingston, Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby, West Scotland and Bolton, have banned the song. Durham University’s students voted against a ban after some argued it would trivialize feminism.

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McGill students won’t ban Blurred Lines

  1. I cannot believe that anyone would rationally think of Robin Thick’s “Blurred Lines” as ‘artistic content’

  2. I’m glad they didn’t ban it purely on principle. I stand with John Stuart Mill and others on this and I’m glad the vote went that way.

    Banning a song is going beyond the power of the Students’ Society, as it takes away the right of the students to form their own opinions, to form them carefully, and never to impose them upon others unless they are sure of being right. And even if they are right, we shouldn’t ban opposing perspectives and opinions because a university should be a place where diverse ideas are freely exchanged and scrutinised, even when those ideas are controversial.

  3. Trying to decry something as ‘not art’ is exactly the kind of resistance that Impressionists faced when they were trying to popularize their art.

    I can’t believe that anyone would try to ban a song from campus, regardless of its ‘artistic content’. The arrogance of students that believe they can censor a cultural phenomenon blows my mind.

  4. Sarah Southey is going to have a tough life in front of her. The song should be banned because it’s annoying! Do you not have anything better to do with your time Sarah? Why not ban people who waste everyones time?

    People like Sarah could unfortunately be employed and sitting beside you one day and contribute nothing but verbal dribble.

  5. As a McGill student I can’t believe this is what we’re concerned with. We have so many problems here and we’re concerned about banning a song!