Despite public outcry against the blatant misogyny and rape apology in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", ft. Pharrell Williams and T.I., the BBC continues to play the song on radio and broadcast the music video, and has hosted Thicke on "BBC Breakfast" and "The Graham Norton Show." Demand that the BBC put women's rights and safety above ratings, and tell them it's not acceptable to promote the normalisation of rape culture on the airwaves.
- Head of Vision Communications, BBC
- Head of Audio and Music Communications, BBC
Stop all broadcasting and promotion of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines":
Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines," along with the accompanying music video, has been decried as an apology for the grievous and horrific crime of rape by Gail Walker of the Belfast Telegraph, Vice Magazine UK, and the feminist community as a whole (see http://www.stillnotshuttingup.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/post-7-why-robin-thickes-blurred-lines.html). The BBC, in continuing to play the song on its radio channels and broadcast the music video on television, as well as in using images from the music video in its advertising and hosting a performance of the song on "The Graham Norton Show" and an interview with Thicke on "BBC Breakfast" in which support for "Blurred Lines" was expressed, is taking an active role to normalise and promote rape culture throughout the United Kingdom. Due to the immense respect accorded to the BBC, its perpetuation of rape culture, as exemplified by its willingness to broadcast and otherwise support "Blurred Lines", contributes to the growth and acceptance of rape culture worldwide, which in turn leads to an increase in violence against women in all forms.
We expect the BBC to take a firm stance of no tolerance towards violence against women, and to value the safety and dignity of all women more importantly than it does music charts and popularity.
Therefore, we demand that the BBC no longer broadcast the song "Blurred Lines" in any format on any BBC Radio or Television channel, that it withdraw all advertisements involving imagery from the "Blurred Lines" music video, and that it not host any performances by or interviews with Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams or T.I. (aka Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.), until such time as these artists recognise and apologise for their support of rape culture.
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