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Is it time to ban the Stones' Brown Sugar?


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Dave Bloke

Is it time to ban the Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar ?

(ask various woke publications)

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“Brown Sugar” is gross, sexist, and stunningly offensive toward black women. The lyrics tell of underage black girls sold at the New Orleans Slave market for the sexual pleasure of their grizzled old owner.  Indeed the lyrics are so bad the Stones don't even sing them in live performances any-more. The song was originally to be called "Black Pussy" but in a moment of clear headedness Jagger censored his own title. Everything else — the misogyny, the racism, the sexism, the references to drugs and cunnilingus — would stay. Since then, it’s been called one of the nastiest, most controversial, and racist songs of all time. Is it time to ban it forever?

 

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DTMark

I'm not particularly a fan so I've never really listened to it.

A couple of the lines are, shall I say, ill-advised, and oddly enough not just now, but probably back then, too.

It was a hit back in the day. It is a piece of history. If people are offended by it then they don't need to listen to it. It does not need to be banned so that nobody else may listen to it.

It is called context. The sexist and homophobic jokes in Life on Mars were of their time and represented accurately over 25 years later, and sometimes we can cast a light on something that was ill-judged by viewing it in a modern context. All that really matters is that we learn from things.

 

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dgul

It is nice to be able to worry about the stupid made up lyrics from an old song.

I presume that people held in slavery (including sexual slavery) in those places around the world where there actually still is slavery have more things to worry about.

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swiss_democracy_for_all

So rap and hip-hop lyrics are ok, but these lyrics aren't?

Better black up or find a black ancestor, Mick. 

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Sucralose Ray Leonard

Young Girl, get out of my mind..

My love for you is way out of line

You better run Girl

You're much too young Girl

 

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15 hours ago, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

Young Girl, get out of my mind..

My love for you is way out of line

You better run Girl

You're much too young Girl

 

 

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Happy Renting

And here's me thinking it was a song about a Mars Bar.

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ninjaborrower

I always thought sticky fingers was there best album, but i agree, brown suger is fucking disgusting stuff, it tastes foul

 Its best to stick to white suger when baking

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Bobthebuilder
29 minutes ago, ninjaborrower said:

I always thought sticky fingers was there best album, but i agree, brown suger is fucking disgusting stuff, it tastes foul

 Its best to stick to white suger when baking

I am pretty sure The Stones wrote it after visiting an Italian coffee shop. Demerara was all the rage back then.

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desertorchid
On 27/04/2021 at 05:02, Sucralose Ray Leonard said:

Young Girl, get out of my mind..

My love for you is way out of line

You better run Girl

You're much too young Girl

 

Ooh my little pretty one, pretty one.
When you gonna give me some time, Sharona?
Ooh you make my motor run, my motor run.
Gun it comin' off the line Sharona
Never gonna stop, give it up.
Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch
Of the younger kind. My my my i yi woo.
M M M My Sharona

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Bedrag Justesen
On 15/05/2021 at 22:21, ninjaborrower said:

I always thought sticky fingers was there best album

 

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With a crooked smile

Where do the woke brigade stand on Bigmouth Strikes Again then? I mean the lyrics are about beating up a woman and burning catholics! 

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Alonso Quijano

Revisionism really is a cancer.

60s is full of songs about young girls. And other now censorious subjects.

Surprising really how when listening to a song the lyrics kind of flow over you, and it is about the song/music/feeling.

You cannot judge the past by today's crippled by PC standards.

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Van Lady

No. It shouldn’t be cancelled. Great 70’s music.

 

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