While some may shriek with excitement at learning that Robin Thicke will perform at their school, a number of Boston University students are feeling quite the opposite.
In fact, members of the Humanists of Boston University have started a petition urging the school to cancel Thicke's performance at their spring concert on March 4, at the Agganis Arena, arguing that "it is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university."
The Change.org petition, which as of Wednesday afternoon had more than 1,500 names attached to it in support, also states, "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."
Additionally, a Facebook event calling toprotest Thicke's performance on March 4 was also created, restating what was argued in the petition.
BU spokesman Colin Riley responded to students' concerns, saying the school's administration had no role in scheduling Thicke's appearance. "This is not a BU concert," he said. "This is Agganis Arena, one stop of a 16-show tour, for Robin Thicke to perform."
He adds that it is highly unlikely that the show would be canceled. "You're talking about a college campus where it's anathema to ban things," he said. "We respect our students' views, but those are those students' views."