Min. Paul Scott Said Rolling Stones Says Song Lyrics In “Brown Sugar” And “Some Girls” Degrade Black Women
A North Carolina pastor is urging Rolling Stones fans to boycott the Rolling Stones’ because he said the lyrics in two of the band’s hit songs demean African-American women.
Minister Paul Scott, who heads the Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry in Durham, N.C., said he is outraged that Stones’ song “Brown Sugar” references the rape of an enslaved woman, and “Some Girls” includes the line, “Black girls just want to f**k all night.”
“The same way America boycotts rappers, we have to boycott rock,” Scott told BOSSIP. “We can’t have that double standard.”
“Brown Sugar” was reportedly inspired by band front man Mick Jagger’s relationship with African-American model Marsha Hunt, who later gave birth to their daughter, Karis. Scott said he’s surprised neither Jagger, nor the Stones have been questioned publicly about the lyrics before.
“He’s never been called out on the carpet for this, and that’s strange,” Scott said. “There’s no statute of limitations on rock rape.”
Scott’s comments come as The Rolling Stones prepare to kick off their North American “Zip Code” tour June 6 in Dallas. Scott said he wants radio stations to stop playing the song, and hopes the public, especially African-American women, will speak out against the lyrics.
We’ve reached out to a spokesperson for The Rolling Stones for comment.
Scott, a community activist who has previously spoken out about sexism in hip-hop, said there’s a long-standing double standard when it comes to misogyny in music. Rappers Rick Ross and Rich Homie Quan were forced to apologize after their lyrics glorifying rape hit the airwaves, but he said no one has called out the Stones.
“When a young black rapper talks about rape he is criticized but an old white rocker is given a hood pass,” says Scott. “Rappers and rockers need to be held accountable.”
Scott said it was his now-deceased grandmother who pointed out the lyrics to him when he was a kid.
“She was speaking put for the black women who didn’t have a voice,” Scott said. “Forty plus years later, I’m doing this on behalf of black women like her.”
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