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March 14, 2003

Brown sugar banned!?!?!

The Chinese government has banned brown sugar. My friend who emailed me about this told me that on NPR they made it clear that the interracial sexual implications were an important reason for its censor. He also told me that a Leftist friend of his refused to believe that the Chinese would do something like this-yes, I'm sure as people of color it is only the result of white male oppression and hegemonic behavior that has driven them to this....

Posted by razib at 01:10 PM

Oh man, I thought you meant brown sugar as in the sweetener. The Stones' song? I'm surprised EVERYBODY hasn't banned that! It's interacial S&M.

Posted by: John Purdy at March 14, 2003 04:40 PM

My daddy used to call me brown sugar.

Posted by: duende at March 15, 2003 07:28 AM

Yeah, every time I hear Brown Sugar on the radio, I'm amazed it still survives. Ahh, true art.

sort of like Lou Reed singing about the "colored girls" (although he doesn't do that in live performances, the recording lives on the radio).

Un-PC. it's grand, ain't it?


Posted by: David at March 15, 2003 12:14 PM

NPR doesn't know that Chinese could give lessons to neo-nazi's on race consiousness?
Our intellectual elite is incredibly ignorant,aren't they?

Posted by: M. at March 15, 2003 05:37 PM

Was any reason given for the other songs they also banned? From memory, it was 'Beast of Burden', 'Let's Spend the Night Together', and 'Honky Tonk Women' (woman? I forget). Interesting choices, it would seem they are more concerned with 'moral decay' than other issues -else why leave in 'Street Fighting Man', a much more anti-authoritarian song? Maybe the choices reflect a lack of familiarity with the Stones' oeuvre - or maybe they were just chosen semirandomly as a way of asserting the Party's authority...

Posted by: bbartlog at March 17, 2003 10:59 AM