Commission allows ‘rape-culture’ song

Nomahlubi Jordaan

IT has been dubbed the song of the year by some, but Robin Thicke’s international hit Blurred Lines has caused a stir in South Africa after being accused of promoting a “rape culture”.

On Monday, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission ruled that, although offensive and “hardly an example of artistic genius”, the song should not be pulled from the airwaves.

This came after Port Elizabeth resident Holly Lottering, a listener to Afrikaans radio station RSG, complained that the US pop star’s song, which aired on the station, promoted sexual violence against women through its “rape-culture lingo”.


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