May 22, 2015


Music

Petition calls for Junos to cut Thicke from Sunday broadcast

Producers and two of the hosts at the 2014 Juno Awards are shrugging off an online petition to remove Robin Thicke from the lineup of Sunday’s broadcast.

A petition at Change.org calls on the Juno Awards to cancel Thicke’s appearance, saying his song Blurred Lines "contributes to rape culture" by "suggesting there is a ‘blurred line’ with regard to consent" to sex.

Juno Awards hosts Johnny Reid and Serena Ryder shrugged off an online petition to remove Robin Thicke from the lineup of Sunday’s broadcast.

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Juno Awards hosts Johnny Reid and Serena Ryder shrugged off an online petition to remove Robin Thicke from the lineup of Sunday’s broadcast. Photo Store

The petition had only 819 signatures by mid-afternoon Friday.

Juno producer John Brunton said he does not believe people are truly offended by the song and said many petitions could be launched against hip-hop songs.

Juno co-host Johnny Reid said all four of his children love the song. Fellow co-host Serena Ryder said she too has written racy lyrics and personally considers lyrics secondary to the way words sound in a song.

Thicke is nominated for three Juno Awards and is slated to perform at the Sunday broadcast from MTS Centre.

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