The Humanists of Boston University penned the petition on Change.org, claiming they “want to make [their] campus a safe space for women and their allies, and that means eradicating rape culture.” To the student organization — focused on promoting “compassion, social justice, reason and science” within the school’s non-religious and secular community — Thicke’s music is misogynistic, and shouldn’t be celebrated on campus.
The very Boston University administrators the students are asking cancel the concert, however, had no role in even scheduling Thicke’s March 4th performance.
“This is not a BU concert,” the University’s Executive Director of Media Relations Colin Riley told the Daily Free Press. “This is Agganis Arena, one stop of a 16-show tour, for Robin Thicke to perform.”
Riley added that it is “highly unlikely” the show would be canceled.
Because of that, Thicke fans can expect to see demonstrators outside of the artist’s upcoming concert. The Humanists of Boston University have organized “a peaceful protest,” which they’re promoting via Facebook, which will occur the Tuesday of the concert, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Despite the school’s alleged lack of involvement, the online petition still states:
We kindly suggest that BU cancel Thicke’s performance, refund any ticket sales, and apologize for insinuating that sexism, or any form of baseless discrimination, is permissible at our institution.
According to the Daily Free Press, the administration has yet to receive a petition requesting the concert be canceled. But as Riley added:
Look at all the entertainers in the country who have been criticized for a range of things. People who are interested are able to purchase a ticket and attend the concert. If they’re not interested, they don’t have to purchase a ticket.
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