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A University of North Carolina student’s complaints about the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines” successfully got a DJ banned from playing a Chapel Hill bar again. Here’s how it went down.

This Saturday night, the DJ at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub near UNC-Chapel Hill put on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” because why not? It’s this decade’s “Hey Ya” … only some people think it’s about rape. In this case, I specifically mean student Liz Hawryluk, who complained with her friends to the DJ that the pop song triggers victims of sexual assault. The DJ reportedly screamed that the students were “fucking stupid.”  A bouncer arrived and Hawryluk was asked to leave and reportedly escorted out of the bar. The management says they meant they had to leave the area around the DJ booth, but the students said they meant the whole pub.

So Hawryluk took to her Facebook page, where she complained about the incident; other students responded with an open letter in feminist student paper UNC Siren, which threatened a boycott of Fitzgerald’s and asked the staff to participate in trainings to help prevent sexual violence. They noted how Fitzgerald posted a link on their Facebook page to a vicious post on BarStool Sports, which called Hawryluk a “psychopath” and “crazy.”

Now a spokesperson for the bar has apologized and promised the offending DJ, who was only playing for a night, won’t return. That sucks for the DJ, I guess, but I suppose that’s an easier “solution” for Fitzgerald’s than making their staff go through sexual violence prevention training. Perhaps bars now should post signs reading “Blurred Lines”-free zone. Wait, no, don’t give them any ideas.

[The Daily Tar Heels]
[UNC Siren]
[The Wire]

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