NUS send DJ home for playing banned hit Blurred Lines
Who’s still listening to this song anyway
It was supposed to be a fun party after a hard day of meetings and conferences.
So imagine the horror when a cruel DJ subjected National Union of Students delegates to Blurred Lines at a karaoke event – even though he had been told not to play the song.
Brave NUS President Toni Pearce said she sent the offending DJ home, adding there was “#zerotolerance” for Robin Thicke’s chart topper.
Sensitive NUS members attending the Zone Conference enjoyed a karaoke and disco at the Harrogate International Convention Centre but were mortified when the DJ started playing the controversial 2013 smash hit, Blurred Lines.
NUS diktat denounced the number one single as “deeply offensive and dangerous” last year and is banned on a number of campuses.
Shocked unions at Edinburgh, Leeds, Kingston, Derby and West Scotland have forbidden the song, which includes lyrics like: “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two.”
Middle aged pop crooner Thicke also sings: “What do we need steam for/You the hottest bitch in this place.”
NUS Women’s Officer Kelley Temple said in a statement with her Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish colleagues: “We, as the Women’s Officers of NUS across the UK and the Nations, would like to make our position clear.
“We consider “Blurred Lines” to be deeply offensive and dangerous. The idea that consent is a ‘blurry’ concept is outrageous.
“It reinforces the shameful way sexual assault is often represented in the media and wider popular culture.
She added: “We applaud Edinburgh, Derby, University West of Scotland, Leeds and all the other Students’ Unions that have taken this brave step and encourage others to do the same.
“This small action will make a big difference to challenging a culture that should not exist in our lifetime.”