EUSA Ban ‘Blurred Lines’ In Lad Culture Clampdown


No. 1 causing feminist stir has been banned from being played in all EUSA buildings.

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Edinburgh’s Student Union has banned the song ‘Blurred Lines’ from playing in any of its student buildings.

The number one by Robin Thicke has caused huge controversy because of sexist lyrics including: “He don’t smack that ass and pull your hair like that” and “I’ll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two.”

And who said class was dead?

And who said class was dead?

At the Silent Headphone Disco at Teviot on Sunday night, a DJ was told to fade out the song mid-way, despite the fact that the students were given the choice not to listen to the song by switching to another channel on the headphones.

This ban was placed in line with EUSA’s new clampdown on lad culture, issuing a policy to ‘End Rape Culture and Lad Banter on Campus.’ This plans to end “myths and sterotypes around sexual violence”.

The creepiest face we've seen in a while.

The creepiest face we’ve seen in a while.

This ban also comes as a ‘Blurred Lines’ parody is also banned from YouTube. The Thicke hit (no pun intended) was reworked by three, law students from New Zealand, replacing topless women with hard-hitting feminism and renamed “Defined Lines.”

At the time of publishing EUSA were unavailable to comment.


  1. Suzi 12th September 2013 at 12:32 pm

    “anti-feminist lyrics”. I think you mean generally sexist, objectifying and rape-y.

  2. Jen 12th September 2013 at 4:44 pm

    does this mean they’ve also banned other sexist, objectifying and rapey songs, like every other song ever?

  3. Alex 12th September 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I think the parody response to the song was a disgusting and counterproductive thing for a group of feminists to do. If they think Blurred Lines upholds an oppressive relationship between people that consists of objectification and denigration, what are they doing making an equally denigrating and objectifying video of their own? To ‘even the score’? The Blurred Lines parody video isn’t feminist. It’s anything but. Just because the people who made it call themselves that doesn’t make it so.

    • Tom 13th September 2013 at 3:05 pm

      I think the point of the parody was to demonstrate just how demeaning and ridiculous the video was through reversing the genders. True, if that video existed out of context it would certainly not be feminist but as a response to the original it’s got a point.

  4. Sanity 12th September 2013 at 5:02 pm

    This is a wind-up right? Whoever has the time and nonsensical notion that this will help anyone ever deserves to sit in a room and listen to gangnam sytle on repeat. For a week.

  5. Han 12th September 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Really? I think they need to have a word with themselves more than anything!

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  7. [...] According to The Tab, “a DJ was told to fade out the song mid-way (during a night in Edinburgh’s Students’ Union), despite the fact that the students were given the choice not to listen to the song by switching to another channel on the headphones.” [...]

  8. [...] to Edinburgh’s The Tab, a DJ was told to yank the song from a playlist midway through a Silent Headphone Disco on Sunday [...]

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  10. Another EUSA Censorship Disaster. | Tychy 15th September 2013 at 1:01 am

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  12. [...] to Edinburgh’s The Tab, a DJ was told to wrench a strain from a playlist mid by a Silent Headphone Disco on Sunday night, [...]

  13. Ron 16th September 2013 at 10:14 am

    The surprising thing here is that young (supposedly) educated people are participating in institutionalised censorship.

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  21. James 4th February 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Don’t see Alex T doing this.. oh wait

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