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BU students petition to cancel Robin Thicke performance

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BOSTON (WHDH) - A student organization at Boston University has collected over 1,000 signatures for a petition asking Agganis Arena to cancel Robin Thicke's upcoming performance.

Humanists of Boston University posted the petition on Change.org saying that the artist's songs, including the popular "Blurred Lines," encourage misogyny and non-consensual sex.

"By having him perform we are reaffirming rape culture and if we want to support women and better feminists we need to stop this from continuing," said Patrick Johnson, a student who started the petition.

"It is a dishonor to our feminist history to symbolically idolize Robin Thicke by allowing him to perform his misogynist music at our university. 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," the petition said.

Colin Riley, the Executive Director of Media Relations at the university, said in a statement that students could choose to not go to the concert as the school works hard to avoid censorship.

"We have long-term relationships with the largest and most reputable promoters and agents in the country, who have safely and professionally produced dozens of shows at Agganis over the years showcasing a variety of artists and entertainers that appeal to diverse audiences," Riley said.

Agganis Arena is just one of 16 venues on Thicke's tour.

“It's not Boston University presents robin thick i don't see any problem with it,” BU student John Logan said.

A protest is being organized on Facebook for March 4 if the university doesn't change its mind.

"Having Thicke perform is a political statement that is out of touch with the realities of sexual violence and Boston University’s own history. Thus, we will be protesting Robin Thicke’s performance," the event page said.

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