Cancel Robin Thicke's BU Performance
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Cancel Robin Thicke's BU Performance

    1. Petition by

      Humanists of Boston University


On Tuesday March 4th, 2014, Robin Thicke will be performing on BU’s campus at Agganis Arena. He is certain to accrue a lot of publicity for BU. However, Thicke’s current celebrity status is not due only to his hit songs, but also his misogyny. On January 22, 2014, President Obama signed a memorandum demanding a solution to sexual assault on college campuses, to which BU should take heed ( Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University’s own history. Thus, we suggest that Robin Thicke’s performance be cancelled.


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.


Is this even an issue if it is just one song? Art cannot be understood without its cultural context. One in five women in America experience rape or serious sexual assault in their lifetime, a figure that goes up to one in four during college ( Most of these crimes go unreported, largely because of the shame society places on women who survive sexual assault. Rather than condemn the perpetrator, rape culture leads us to blame the victim. Indeed, the context of “Blurred Lines” is not simply sexily clad women; the context is systemic patriarchy and sexual oppression.


However, another context highlights the irony of BU having Thicke perform: the feminist context of BU itself. In 1864 BU’s School of Medicine was the first in the country to award an M.D. to a black woman, Dr. Rebecca Crumpler. Other notable alumnae include Jan Felshin, an openly gay woman who advocated for girls participation in and access to sports, and Caryl Rivers, a current journalism professor who covered many pivotal moments of the second wave feminism era. In 1967, BU students rallied behind Bill Baird to challenge a Massachusetts law banning birth control. This act led Baird to win a 1972 case that legalized birth control across the entire country. Today, BU maintains a Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Center as a resource for assault survivors, and provides annual mandatory training to every student group.


Clearly, Boston University has been a bedrock for feminism and ideologies of equality more generally. It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university. We kindly suggest that BU cancel Thicke’s performance, refund any ticket sales, and apologize for insinuating that sexism, or any form of baseless discrimination, is permissible at our institution.


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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Hoochie Explains

      The BU feminist blog and co-signer, Hoochie, explains why we are fighting.

      Why we're fighting "Blurred Lines" at BU

      Enough sound bites, status updates, Tweets, and other too-brief snippets of discussion. Let's take some time, at length, to talk through the reasons and theory behind this whole Robin Thicke thing. 1) Why is the BU community petitioning against Robin Thicke, when many other pop artists have hit songs featuringanalogous misogynistic content?

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Huffington Post Google Hangout

      Patrick Johnson and Bhaswati Chattopadhyay discuss the protest and rape culture with HuffPo.

      On Campus Bu Protests Robin Thicke Concert

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    5. More Fox News Coverage

      Discussion on our protest is covered on Fox News. Guess how many times they talk about the atrocities of rape culture and media's perpetuation of it? Zero.

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    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. Huffington Post Google Hangout

      Two Humanist members will be speaking with HuffingtonPost today around 4:45pm. Stay tuned for details.

    8. Reached 1,500 signatures
    9. Fox News Interview

      Here Patrick Johnson talk about the Humanist and feminist goals of our petition and protest with Fox News.

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    10. Channel 7 and Fox 25

      Our President Patrick Johnson will be speaking with Channel 7 at 4pm today and Fox 25 at 5pm about the petition and protest, as well as the rape culture that Robin Thicke's music is an example of.

    11. Protest!

      We have planned an organized peaceful protest. It will take place at 5:30pm, on March 4th (the day of the concert) in front of Agganis Arena, where the concert will take place. Sign up on Facebook.

    12. WTBU Broadcast

      Today our President Patrick Johnson will be speaking at 6:15pm with WTBU, Boston University's steaming radio, which can be found at He will discuss the issue of rape culture and the resistance to Robin Thicke's performance.

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Hope Whitten NORTHVILLE, MI
      • 3 months ago

      because i don't want women to be seen as a "object"

    • Julian Bae OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Don't let rape culture spread all over campus.

    • leslie geddes RICHMOND HILL, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Objectifying women has no place in our culture.

    • Nina Graham KING CITY, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Denigrates women.

    • Madeleine Lajambe MAHONE BAY, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      This repugnant little man needs to be shoved back into some far away dinosaur cave -- what a retrograde!


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