Champion: Robin Thicke wins ‘Sexist of the Year’ award
Oh look, it’s another Blurred Lines story. Butlins-style crooner given title by End Violence Against Women Coalition.
Robin Thicke – nemesis of students’ union equality officers and women’s groups nationwide – has been awarded the dubious title of Sexist of the Year.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ singer was given the award by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, after lines from his summer smash-hit were accused of being “rapey”.
The track went down like a lead balloon with students’ unions around the country. Edinburgh, Bristol, Plymouth and UCL all banned it from being played in their buildings.
In all, more than 20 UK universities banned ‘Blurred Lines’ from their SU playlists.
Choice lines from the song include such quotable nuggets as “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two” and “Not many women can refuse this pimpin'”.
More than 60 groups that make up the Coalition voted in the poll to find the UK’s most sexist person in 2013.
David Cameron came second in the vote – the same spot he landed last year.
In a bid to educate the ageing crooner, Thicke’s prize for finishing first is a voucher to download Aretha Franklin’s ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T’.
The End Violence Against Women Coalition’s Sarah Green said:
“Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop.
“Sexism might be de rigeur for some music industry ‘creatives’ but the times they are a changin’.”
Thicke might not be the most popular of blokes with everyone, but ‘Blurred Lines’ has been viewed over 236 million times.
Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ has been the subject of countless parodies, including several from unis around the country.
Imperial College medical students put together an excellent effort, titled ‘Flatlines‘.
The video saw students bouncing around the college with their mascot, the venerated Phoenix.
Further afield, a group of law students from New Zealand parodied the song by switching men and women’s roles in the video.
The women kept their clothes on while slapping semi-naked male dancers in the faces with purple dildos.
But their version of the tune has been viewed just over 500,000 times. Whatever you say about Thicke, people sure did like that record.