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Sexist of the Year 2013 is...... Robin Thicke

19 December 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: THURSDAY 19 DECEMBER 2013

 

ROBIN THICKE VOTED SEXIST OF THE YEAR 2013

 

Singer-songwriter Robin “what a pleasure it is to degrade a woman” Thicke (1) has been voted Sexist of the Year 2013 in a poll run by the UK’s End Violence Against Women Coalition (2).

 

He will be sent a voucher to download Aretha Franklin’s ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ as a prize.

 

The singer was furlongs ahead of other nominees in the final count, with almost twice as many votes as runner up for second year in a row Prime Minister David Cameron.

 

Other leaders of the field receiving multiple nominations each for special sexist efforts in 2013 were ex UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom, barrister Robert Colover who called a 13 year old rape victim “predatory” in court this year, and late entrant Sun journalist Tom Newton-Dunn for his comments on Stella Creasy MP’s clothing as she spoke in Parliament.

 

The poll saw supporters of the EVAW Coalition and members of the public encouraged to send their nominations by email and on the Twitter hashtag #sexist2013.

 

Previously much lower profile Robin Thicke shot to international fame this Summer when his song ‘Blurred Lines’ with its ‘rapey’ lyrics and sexist video was a hit. It has been parodied many times and banned by a number of UK student unions. There is no link to #thicke’s horrible video in this press release but there’s a great parody of it here.

 

Sarah Green of the End Violence Against Women Coalition said:

 

“Our heartfelt congratulations to a worthy winner Robin Thicke for both his concerted sexist efforts, and in the end the platform he created for rejection of the use of women as objects to promote mediocre pop.

 

“Sexism might be de rigeur for some music industry ‘creatives’ but the times they are a changin’. Young women in the Rewind&Reframe project are challenging sexist and racist music videos and the industry as well as the Government is listening.”

 

The winner of the inaugural Sexist of the Year 2012 contest was George Galloway MP for his comments in relation to the Julian Assange case as broadcast in Mr Galloway’s YouTube video, “It might be really bad sexual etiquette but whatever else it is, it is not rape.” He was sent a copy of Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman as a prize but somehow forgot to send a thank you note.

 

The EVAW Coalition has more than 60 members around the UK who are working to end sexual and domestic violence, forced marriage, FGM, trafficking, stalking and other forms of abuse. They include service providers, lawyers and academics who are on the frontline of tackling abuse and campaigning for government to take a more strategic approach to ending violence by aiming to prevent it in the first place.

 

ENDS

 

Media information, interviews, briefings:

Sarah Green: 07984 717 817

Follow us on Twitter: @EVAWhd 

www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk

 

  1. Robin Thicke quoted in GQ magazine interview, May 2013.
  2. The #Sexist2013 poll was opened in January 2013 following the popularity of the December 2012 award. Nominations just kept coming in! Voters need not be members or even supporters of the EVAW Coalition, and were simply encouraged to send their nominations via email or Twitter and suggestions for a prize. 77 nominations were received; Robin Thicke was a runaway winner with 24 votes; nearest runners up were  David Cameron, Godfrey Bloom and barrister Robert Colover and Sun journalist Tom Newton-Dunn.
  3. The End Violence Against Women Coalition is the UK’s largest coalition of organisations working to eradicate violence against women and girls; members include Eaves, Fawcett Society, Forward, Imkaan, Jewish Women’s Aid, Newham Asian Women’s Project, Rape Crisis England and Wales, Standing Together, Women in Prison, WRC, The Women’s Institute, Amnesty International UK and the TUC.

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