Leeds University’s Union has banned one of this summer’s biggest pop hits because of its controversial lyrics.
The union has followed the lead of Edingburgh University Union which last week made the decision to ban Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines amid claims it trivialises rape.
It is understood the track now will not be played in Leeds University Union’s three clubs and two bars.
Tweeting the decision, Leeds University Union’s education officer Alice Smart wrote: “Proud that we’ve decided not to play ‘Blurred Lines,’ a song which undermines and degrades women, in @LeedsUniUnion’s clubs & bars. #luuexec”.
She explained the union had banned it because it “degrades women” and that they had “chosen to make an example of this song”.
Reaction to Leeds’ decision was met with mainly postive reaction on Twitter.
Lauren Renee Clayton tweeted: “YESSSSSSSS!!!! So proud to be going to Leeds when they’ve banned ‘Blurred Lines’!!!! #FreshersWeekSexism #consenthasnoblurredline”.
Rosie Collington tweeted: “This is amazing! Woohooo!”
Thicke has previously dismissed accusations of rape connotations as ‘ridiculous’.
In an interview with GQ magazine he said he he has ‘always respected women’.