February 18, 2014


Boston U Students Protest Robin Thicke Show Over "Sexual Oppression"

Kevin Winter/WireImage
Kevin Winter/WireImage

The controversy surrounding Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" has not quite subsided even in 2014. A student group at Boston University started a petition to ban Thicke from performing at the school in March, where he's scheduled to play a concert along with K. Michelle and DJ Cassidy during his North American tour.

According to the petition, started by Humanists of Boston University, Thicke's No. 1 hit "celebrates having sex with women against their will" and stands for "systemic patriarchy and sexual oppression." The petition also cites reported sexual assault figures for female college students, and claims that Boston University's rich history of feminisim "highlights the irony of BU having Thicke perform."

In past interviews, Thicke said the idea that his song promotes rape is "ridiculous" and argued, "I've been with the same woman since I was a teenager."

Regardless, almost 900 people have signed the Change.org petition. The concert is set to be held at Agganis Arena on BU's campus, a venue that holds over 7,000 people. One of these two groups—those signing the petition vs. those buying tickets—will eventually win out.