New York Times contributor Jennifer Finney Boylan has suggested “canceling” problematic rock-and-roll songs, likening them to Confederate statues.
Under the headline “Should Classic Rock Songs Be Toppled Like Confederate Statues?” Wednesday, Boylan catalogued ’60s and ’70s rock gods’ sins, which included domestic abuse and racism.
- “For a lot of baby boomers, it’s painful to realize that some of the songs first lodged in our memories in adolescence really need a second look,” she wrote. “And it’s hard to explain why younger versions of ourselves ever thought they were OK in the first place.”
- Stones guitarist Keith Richards commented on the backlash against the hit song in an interview with the Los Angeles Times last month.
- “I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is,” he said. “Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it. At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this sh*t.”