The Rolling Stones may have called their tour “Unfiltered,” but the popular rock band has filtered one of the most popular songs from their list.
As guitarist Kate Richards confirmed to the Los Angeles Times, the band dropped the popular 1971 song “Brown Sugar” from their current tour, due to “clashes” around controversial words that now describe slavery, rape, and drug abuse.
“You got it, didn’t you?” Richards told the point of sale after being asked why the band refused to perform it. He added that he did not understand the contradiction.
“I want to find out where the beef is with my sisters,” Richards said. “Didn’t they realize it was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment, I don’t want to conflict with all of this (understandably).”
turned to The Rolling Stones for comment.
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According to Genius’s interpretation of the song, “brown sugar” passes through a variety of white and black sexes, including “a slave who is fully owned by black women but has the right to physical and sexual intercourse and sexual intercourse without the consent of the slave master. ” “
The first verse of the song describes slaves being sold in the slave trade in New Orleans and beaten at will: “The Golden Shore slave ship set out for the cotton fields / Sold at a market in New Orleans / The scarred old man knows he’s doing well / Hear the women being whipped in the middle of the night.”
“Brown Sugar” ends: “How, how do you taste so good? Just like a black girl.”
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The song was criticized again at a time when cultural awareness and sensitivity were on the backdrop of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter efforts.
In 2019, music producer Ian Brennan accused the band of “glorifying slavery, rape, torture and pedophilia” and said it had “brutally escaped this heinous persecution for decades”. He called for the songs to be removed from the radio.
“Today’s issue is not that they wrote the song, nor that they sang. The fault is that they are singing,” Brennan wrote in The Chicago Tribune.
However, Richards and Mick Jagger said the “brown sugar” would not disappear all at once.
“I hope we can bring the kid back to glory along the track,” Richards told the LA Times. Jagger added, “We can put it back in place.”
“We’ve been playing Brown Sugar every night since the 1970s, so sometimes you think, we’re going to take it off right now and see how it goes,” Jagger said.