“Brown Sugar”, the famous Rolling Stones hit, will no longer be played on stage by the legendary English group. The song that evokes slavery is accused by some of “racism”.
The Rolling Stones have removed for their American tour their legendary hit “Brown Sugar”, whose lyrics evoke slavery, but which have long been accused of racism.
“Did you notice it eh?”, Answered, a bit enigmatic, Keith Richards, the guitarist of the British group, in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, where he is asked why the track is no longer on the list of songs played on their tour which began on September 26, a month after the death of their drummer Charlie Watts.
“I try to understand with others where the problem is. Does anyone understand that this is a song about the horrors of slavery? But they want to bury him. For the moment, I do not want any conflict with all this m … “, added Keith Richards, quoted by the Californian daily.
I would probably have censored myself
However, the 77-year-old guitarist adds: “I hope we can resuscitate the baby one day”. And singer Mick Jagger adds: “We have played ‘Brown Sugar’ every night since 1970, so sometimes we say to ourselves ‘we’re going to take it off for now and see what it looks like’ (…) . We could put it back. ”
Released in 1971, “Brown Sugar”, one of the most famous tracks of the “Stones”, speaks of slavery, sex and drugs, through images of whipped women and men who take advantage of it to satisfy their needs. fantasies.
In recent years, critics have been heard more and more against the song, considered “racist”. In 2015, “Brown Sugar” was called “crass, sexist and astoundingly violent for black women,” in an article in the New York Magazine.
In 1995, in an interview with the magazine Rolling Stone, Mick Jagger had conceded that he would “never have written this song today”. The singer explained the reason in these terms: “I would probably have censored myself (…) God knows what I’m talking about in this song. It’s such a mess. All the most obscene subjects in one fell swoop. “