The Rolling Stones remove ‘Brown Sugar’ from tour setlist over lyrics depicting slavery

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rolling Stones Their tour may have been dubbed “No Filter”, but the iconic rock band has filtered one of their most popular songs from their setlist.

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The band dropped their 1971 hit song “Brown Sugar” from their current tour, for now, on “struggle” around controversial lyrics depicting slavery, rape and drugs, confirmed by guitarist Keith Richards. NS Los Angeles Times.

“You picked up on that, huh?” Richards told the outlet that when asked why the band had refrained from playing it. He said that he does not understand the controversy.

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“I’m trying to figure out where the beef is with the sisters,” Richards said. “Didn’t they understand it was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. Right now I don’t want to get into conflict with all this (outrageous).”

USA Today contacted The Rolling Stones for comment.

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According to Geniuses’ Song Interpretation, “‘Brown sugar’ runs through various white and black sexual relations,” including non-consensual sexual relations between a slave and a slave owner who “had total ownership of black women, but their total physical and There was also sexual access.”

The first verse of the song features slaves being sold into the slave trade in New Orleans and beaten at will: “The Gold Coast slave ship bound for cotton fields / Sold at the market in New Orleans / The scarred old slaver knows he’s doing fine / Hear he whipping women around midnight.”

“Brown Sugar” Ends: “How are you, how do you taste so good? Exactly like one, need like a black girl.”

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The song has faced renewed criticism amid increased cultural awareness and sensitivity. #Me too And black lives matter movements.

In 2019, music producer Ian Brennan accused the band of “glorifying slavery, rape, torture and pedophilia”, adding that they “shamelessly shied away from this outrageous persecution for decades.” They demanded the removal of the song from the radio.

“The issue today is not that they ever wrote the song. Nor have they ever sung it. The drawback is that they keep singing it,” Brennan wrote Chicago Tribune.

However, both Richards and Mick Jagger said that “brown sugar” may not be gone for good.

“I hope we’ll be able to resurrect Babe in all of her glory somewhere along the track,” Richards told the L.A. Times. “We can put it back,” Jagger said.

“We’ve played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, we’ll just take it out for now and see how it goes,” Jagger said.

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