- The Washington Times - Friday, February 5, 2016

A group of students at the University of Oklahoma have erected posters on campus accusing Adele’s new hit “Hello” of normalizing sexual harassment.

Kathy Moxley, director of the Gender + Equality Center, said the center launched the campaign as part of “Stalking Awareness Month.” The Adele posters single out the song verse, “I must have called a thousand times,” Fox News reported.

“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,” Ms. Moxley told Fox. “The music examples were used to demonstrate how aspects of popular media could be interpreted to normalize unhealthy relationship behaviors.”

Another poster used lyrics from Maroon 5’s song, “Animals”: “Baby, I’m preying on you tonight. Hunt you down eat you alive.”

Ms. Moxley said the center “is funded by the University’s education and general budget. Title IX law requires on-going campus education surrounding the topic of sexual misconduct.” She added, “This was a joint venture program between the Sexual Misconduct Office and the Gender + Equality Center designed to help address the issues of sexual misconduct on campus. The University funds these offices, which promotes the University’s commitment to prohibit discrimination on our campus.”

She said the posters were not intended to criticize the singers or songs.

University of Oklahoma Vice President for Public Affairs Catherine Bishop said the school stands behind the campaign 100 percent, Fox reported.

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