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Hookers and Roiling Stones in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 14, 2014


According to the excerpt below, Mick Jagger’s music was censored by the chicoms for being unwholesome, wtf?..

Ok, in China you can find hookers in ‘rub and tugs’ across every city and almost any hotel, including Holiday Inn, but The Stones cannot sing a song about a Honky Tonk woman?

That is convoluted communist logic.

I am so glad to be out of mainland China.

Excerpt

The lyrics of Honky Tonk Women are apparently too much for China‘s censors, as the Rolling Stones have said the song was “vetoed” for their second ever show in the country on Wednesday.

“About now we’d usually play something like Honky Tonk Women … but it’s been vetoed,” Mick Jagger said at the show, according to a posting on the band’s official Twitter feed. He did not give a reason.

The song describes a “bar-room queen” who “tried to take me upstairs for a ride” and another woman who “blew my nose and then she blew my mind”.

The rock band played in Shanghai once previously, eight years ago, when several songs fell victim to the censor, including Brown Sugar.

Concert-goers confirmed Jagger’s comments at the packed show on Wednesday night but said the reaction from the Shanghai audience was muted.

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