Published Mar 07, 2014The Juno Awards don't take place for another three weeks yet, but it's already been a contentious year for the annual Canadian music prize, as City and Colour pulled out of a scheduled performance when the project wasn't nominated for any awards and a petition was launched when Voivod weren't nominated for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year. Now, another petition has emerged, this time surrounding Robin Thicke.
The petition on Change.org aims to strip the Canadian-American pop singer of his nominations and cancel his scheduled performance at the ceremony. According to the campaign, the lyrics and music video for Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" contains "blatant sexism, degradation of women and promotion of rape culture."
The campaign argues that "Blurred Lines" contradicts Canadian values and that the Junos are "reward[ing] rape culture." The petition founder is seeking 500 supporters. As of press time, the number is up to 113.
See the petition here and watch the "Blurred Lines" video below to see what this controversy is all about.
This isn't the first time that "Blurred Lines" has inspired an angry petition. Earlier this year, students at Boston University protested his performance at the school, and it's been hit with criticisms of sexisms from various other groups.
The Juno Awards will take place on March 30 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, and you can see all the nominees here.
Thanks to AUX for the tip.