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Robin Thicke’s Agganis show draws controversy

When Robin Thicke (right) performs “Blurred Lines” at BU’s Agganis Arena next week, thousands of Boston University students will be screaming the lyrics right along with him. Alicia Cameron will not be one of them. The 28-year-old grad student, a member of the School of Theology’s Christian Activists United for Social and Economic Justice, is calling on the university to cancel the show because, she says, the song promotes sexual assault. Cameron made her appeal in a much e-mailed op-ed in the BU student newspaper. “I’m pretty sure what happened was that Thicke and his co-writers wrote a song with assault innuendo without thinking about it — because he doesn’t have to think about it,” Cameron wrote. “As a male of privilege, the fear and physical and emotional trauma of sexual assault aren’t real to him.” Cameron is not alone in wanting BU to reconsider hosting the show. The school’s Humanist Society has created an online petition requesting that the concert be canceled. “Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University’s own history,” the petition argues. Cameron understands that Live Nation — not BU — is the promoter, and she’s not optimistic that the show will be canceled. “But it’s an issue worth talking about,” she told us Tuesday. (A Live Nation official did not respond to our e-mail, and a BU spokesperson declined to comment.) Despite the perceived misogyny of it message, “Blurred Lines” was an enormous hit, becoming almost inescapable on its way to selling more than 6 million copies. (The video has been viewed over 276 million times on YouTube.) Asked who she would prefer to see perform at Agganis Arena, Cameron thought for a moment. “Janelle Monáe,” she said. “Or Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.”

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