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  • 20 December 2013, 14:16

Robin Thicke Voted Sexist Of The Year

The pop singer Robin Thicke, whose raunchy music video for Blurred Lines was banned on YouTube, has been voted Sexist of the Year.

The poll was run by the UK's End Violence Against Women Coalition, which encouraged members of the public to vote on social media and email.

As a reward, the EVAW Coalition sent Thicke a voucher to download Aretha Franklin's 1960's hit Respect.

The group condemned both the lyrics and "sexist" video of Blurred Lines, saying the song alluded to date rape and the video demeaned women.

"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," said Sarah Green, of the EVAW Coalition.

At the time of the song's release, Thicke spoke to GQ magazine about allegations of sexism.

"People say, 'Hey, do you think this is degrading to women?' I'm like, 'Of course it is. What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I've never gotten to do that before'," the American said.

The music video - which shows topless women - was eventually banned by YouTube.

A television ad featuring the song and elements of the video was banned from being broadcast before 7.30pm by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Prime Minister David Cameron was runner up for Sexist of the Year for the second year in a row.

Others featured in the poll included former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom, who was quoted referring to party activists as "sluts", barrister Robert Colover, who labelled a 13-year-old rape victim as "predatory", and Sun journalist Tom Newton-Dunn, who made unsavoury comments about a female politician's dress sense.

MP George Galloway won the title last year for his comment's relating to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

In a video posted on YouTube, Mr Galloway defended Assange and allegations of sex crimes made against him.

"It might be really bad sexual etiquette but whatever else it is, it is not rape," he said.

He was sent a copy of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft as a prize.

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