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  • English Major on 03.05.2014 at 5:53 pm

    It might just be that I’ve been talk to closely analyze passages for their subtle meanings, but listening to that song, and in particular, READING THE LYRICS, it’s hard to make a case that this song is in any way about rape. Instead, it reads far more like an anthem celebrating a woman’s right to engage in her sexuality if she wants to or, at worst, a sense of cockiness on the part of the male narrator. However, lines like “come on get at me” put the impetus on the woman to make the first move, so how can one say that what Thick, Williams, and T.I. is in any way a predatory male sexuality?

    There’s not nearly enough space here to fully discuss why I don’t think this sing is the symbol of rape culture it’s been made out to be, but this blog does a good job of covering it: http://polemiqueoccasionelle.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/blurring-the-lines-of-feminism-a-criticism-of-the-criticism-of-blurred-lines/

    Worse yet, even if you DID think this song was advertising rape culture, there are a hundred ways to address the issue without a protest that, in sum, likely led to more people attending the concert (I hadn’t heard of it until the protest started). The entire thing keeping Thicke’s career afloat is the controversy of this song, so if you want him to stop spreading that message stop advertising for him on Channel 7. IF you wanted to make a legitimate effort at dialogue, silencing Thick isn’t the way to do it. If you had reached out to his agent, perhaps set up a talk-back after the show or made information available in the lobby, that might have helped spark a conversation. Instead all that happened was 50 or so people protested the concert, it still happened, and ultimately this type of behavior makes people question the legitimacy of the case for rape culture (which I DO firmly think is an issue). I think your intent was good, but you ended up trivializing the issue. Had you set up an even to send letter to Congresspeople about reform of rape law, better access to help, or even reform of military sexual assault procedure (which would be amazing), I’d have been there in a heartbeat. To protest a pop singer about a song that is (arguably) about rape culture, that’s not the kind of action that leads to results. It leads to airtime, sure, but nothing came of it really.

    Read the polemique ocassionelle article. It makes this case much better than I can.

  • Nick on 03.06.2014 at 3:41 pm

    Sadly, too many people misunderstood the point of the protest. The protest was against rape culture and the degradation of women in American culture. Yes, Robin Thicke’s song perpetuates this, but he is not the only problem, he is not the worst offender. But I was shocked that BU, a progressive, feminist institution would invite Mr. Thicke to our school. They protested because he is relevant and he has admitted that his song degrades women. It is really sad when people try to justify the acceptance of rape culture. Every voice against this helps to wake people up and realize, “wait, it wasn’t like this before, rape wasn’t okay to joke about, women weren’t objects.” Thank you to the Humanists and everyone that stood up for women this Tuesday!

    • Kyle on 03.11.2014 at 5:23 pm

      Again this is just your opinion on how his song is interpreted. There are some people who view his song as a woman’s freedom from male grasp, saying he is there to serve the women at their request (if you read into the lyrics). Beyond that, there was no peep or protest when BU actually PAID for Childish Gambino to come perform last year who has songs with lyrics directly related to rape. However, I do not see a problem with these people even if so as they are performers and it goes with their style of music and rhythm. Do we accredit Eminem with all the women beatings, drug use, and misconduct in today’s society. NO, it falls on the parents and educators of the kids.

  • Sharia on 03.18.2014 at 5:06 pm

    For the record (again), the BU administration DOES NOT CHOOSE the performers at Agganis Arena. Choose another demon.

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