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Posted: 03/28/2014 3:43 PM | Comments: 0
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.
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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