Boston University group calls for cancellation of Robin Thicke concert

Are Miley and Robin Thicke giving a repeat performance at the MTV EMA's? Tune in November 10 to find out. (Photo by Jemal Countess/FilmMagic)
Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke have not lived down their performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Members of a Boston University student organization are protesting an upcoming Robin Thicke concert set to happen at the university’s Agganis Arena on the grounds that the pop singer promotes sexism and rape culture, attitudes that the group said should not be condoned by the administration.

“We are not going to be silent. We may not be listened to, but we will speak out,” said Patrick Johnson, a member of the Humanists of Boston University organization, an activist group that takes up issues of social justice.

Johnson said he was not alone in his disappointment when he learned that Thicke would perform at the university on March 4.

“My reaction was similar to many people’s [reaction]; this is a way of symbolically justifying or glorifying an artist who gained most of his popularity through a song that reinforces rape culture,” Johnson said.

Thicke’s hit Grammy-nominated song “Blurred Lines” has taken heat for lyrics such as, “I know you want it,” and “You’re a good girl.”

Earlier this week, Johnson created a Change.org petition asking that the the March 4 concert be cancelled and that the university apologize for “insinuating that sexism, or any form of baseless discrimination, is permissible at our institution.”

The petition also slams the “Blurred Lines” lyrics, which the petition describes as non-consensual language that “celebrates having sex with women against their will.”

Nearly 1,200 people had signed as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

BU spokesman Colin Riley told The Daily Free Press that the school’s administration had no role in scheduling Thicke’s performance.

In addition to the petition, Johnson created a Facebook page that calls for a protest at the arena on the night of the concert, which he expects will go off as scheduled.

Representatives for Thicke and Live Nation did not return requests for comment as of deadline Wednesday.

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