Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The censorship never stops: A dangerous song

Fitzgerald’s is an Irish pub in Chapel Hill, near the campus of the University of North Carolina, that counts among its attractions cheap burgers, flip-cup tournaments, and jolly music. One night last year, the soundtrack included “Blurred Lines,” the 2013 Robin Thicke hit, in which a night-club Lothario delivers a breathy proposition to a “good girl”:

    I hate these blurred lines
    I know you want it
    I know you want it
    I know you want it

A patron stepped into the d.j. booth to ask that the song be cut short—she later explained that she wanted to “create a safe space,” and that Thicke’s lyrics evoked threats of sexual violence. The d.j. rebuffed her, and in the days that followed she and her allies took to social media to voice their dissatisfaction, suggesting that the pub was promoting “rape culture.” Before long, Fitzgerald’s conceded defeat, apologizing to the patron on Facebook and promising that “Blurred Lines” would not be played there again and that the offending d.j. would never be invited back.

This was a small story, but something about it resonated: an account in the student paper, the Daily Tar Heel, was picked up by an irreverent site called Barstool Sports, which expressed its certainty that the complaining student was a “crazy ass feminist” who hated fun



Anonymous said...

Barstool Sports, which expressed its certainty that the complaining student was a “crazy ass feminist” who hated fun
Probably so or just some self-appointed complainer.

Use the Name, Luke said...

The message of that song is that "No" does not mean "No" when it comes to sex. How is that idea good?

Anonymous said...

All mere words - even 'No'- can be employed with ambivalence, &/or in combination with using other signals like body language or expression/tone. Unfortunately, males can be trapped or misguided into assumed consensual sex and then be accused of "rape" when it suits the partner. (Even wives can now claim "rape" against their own legal husbands!)

Bird of Paradise said...

Was'nt it Ice-T's song Cop Killer that started the warning labels on CD's and Cassets?

Anonymous said...

Thicke as a brick. No means know. Those who say otherwise obviously don't have daughters.

Anonymous said...

Most people who don't like the music in a bar or club just leave. They don't enforce their taste on everyone else. That's really what this is about, not the song. In today's victim-based society someone can find something wrong with almost every song. That doesn't give them the right to dictate everyone else's taste. But these are the same people who tell Christians they have no right to control what can be seen on prime-time broadcast television.

Anonymous said...

If a radio station plays a song I find offensive, can I force them to quit playing it or should I just change stations?

Alpha Skua said...

The trouble with some people is they want everybody to abide by their narrow minded rules

Use the Name, Luke said...

Where does a culture wind up if no one speaks up to say "this is wrong"? That is free speech too!

Time to revisit "The Emperor's New Clothes" and learn its lesson.

3:12, we've all had times when our intellect and our desires battle each other. "Should I have that chocolate torte? It will destroy my diet/do bad things to my body. But it tastes so good." That such internal conflict is common does not make it right for another person to make the decision for us.

Flu-Bird said...

Use the Name. Oh yes the Emporer totaly naked in front of the public sounds like Obama