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Bar Bans ‘Blurred Lines’ After UNC Student Complained Song Promoted Rape Culture

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Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on Aug. 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform onstage during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center on Aug. 25, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

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CHAPEL HILL (CBS Charlotte) — A bar has banned Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” to be played after a University of North Carolina student complained that the song promoted sexual violence.

The Daily Tar Heel reports the incident occurred at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub when the DJ played the Grammy-nominated song. Student Liz Hawryluk asked the DJ to stop playing the song and then she was reportedly told to leave the bar after complaining.

“Fundamentally, all I was aiming to do is to create a safe space in the Carolina community,” Hawryluk told the Tar Heel. “In a lot of ways, violent or graphic images that allude to sexual violence are triggers.”

Bar spokeswoman Lauren Shoaf called it a misunderstanding, saying Hawryluk was not asked to tleave the bar, just the DJ’s area.

“This song is played by many DJs at Fitzgerald’s, and other places, but it will never be played here again,” Shoaf told the Tar Heel.

Students and activists took to the bar’s Facebook page to criticize them for allowing the song to be played.

“I think the bar and club culture in Chapel Hill and beyond needs a lot of help in the way it treats women,” UNC student Trevor Dougherty told the Tar Heel. “Especially in a liberal and educated college town, I think young women should feel safe to go out and have a drink and enjoy themselves.”

Hawryluk, who says she will never return to Fitzgerald’s, thanked her supporters.

“Thank you so much to the community who has spoken to address this issue and to the bars and companies on Franklin who are willing to speak out,” she told the Tar Heel.

Thicke came under fire for his “Blurred Lines” performance at the MTV Music Awards earlier this year when pop star Miley Cyrus “twerked” on his during the set.

The music video has been viewed more than 296 million times on YouTube.

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