The line “I must have called a thousand times” is under fire.
“I must have called a thousand times.”
That’s the line The University of Oklahoma’s Gender + Equality Center claims is normalizing sexual harassment. The group propped up a bunch of posters around campus that promotes their initiative during “Stalking Awareness Month” and using Adele’s star power to highlight an issue that otherwise may have been ignored.
“To begin a much needed conversation about harassment on college campuses, the University of Oklahoma Gender + Equality Center used popular songs that students listen to, to attract students’ attention and to bring awareness to subtle messages in popular song lyrics,” Kathy Moxley, Director of the Gender + Equality Center, told FOX411. “The music examples were used to demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors.”
The organization also a lyric off Maroon 5’s “Animals” to promote their agenda: “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight. Hunt you down eat you alive.” Fortunately, someone is calling out the messiness of the efforts. “I think creating a ridiculous comparison undermines the true horrifying nature of stalking and sexual harassment. The bureaucrats who did this aren’t helping women,” Dan Gainor, VP Business and Culture at Media Research Center, told FOX411. “I think the university needs to talk to its staff and tell them to stop being idiots. Their goal is to educate and help protect people. Not hold them up to ridicule.”