Revealed: How woke trolls silenced the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar by infiltrating their online fan club and swaying debate over the song’s lyrics
Rolling Stones fans were shocked when the band announced last week that they were dropping one of their biggest hits, Brown Sugar, from their world tour.
Now, I can disclose extraordinary details of how an organised group of woke activists systematically targeted hundreds of thousands of devotees around the world by infiltrating their online fan club.
The group of campaigners posed as hardcore Stones superfans to get access to the online subscription fan club IORR (named after their song It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll) before relentlessly hammering fans and discussion threads with angry political trolling posts slamming the song’s reference to slavery.
Rolling Stones fans were shocked when the band announced last week that they were dropping one of their biggest hits, Brown Sugar (band pictured last week during their first performance since dropping the song)
The aggressive assault on the 40-year-old club caused such a wave of hysteria among the fanbase and management that the band members felt compelled to make an announcement that the track would no longer be performed.
Guitarist Keith Richards, 77, seemed utterly dumbfounded by the sudden and apparently inexplicable level of hatred for the No 2 hit, which he defended, insisting the lyrics were a condemnation of the slave trade.
Asked why they had not played it on their current tour, he said: ‘You picked up on that, huh? I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is.’
‘Sisters’ appears to be a reference to the organised group of female activists who have aggressively targeted unsuspected fans over recent weeks, according to IORR founder and Norwegian Stones superfan Bjornulf Vik.
The aggressive assault on the 40-year-old club caused such a wave of hysteria among the fanbase
He has now been forced to shut down the fan club’s subscription service and has started a widescale cull of new members to try to kick out woke activist interlopers.
Vik had warned rogue activist subscribers trolling fans on his site that angry political posts about Brown Sugar would not be accepted.
The band made the announcement about the track being banished four days later.
Vik said: ‘IORR has been spammed by political posts related to Brown Sugar lately.
‘Like many other things, some people do make this a highly political discussion. It seems like it is impossible for some to discuss Brown Sugar without getting highly political and offensive.’
Guitarist Keith Richards, 77, seemed utterly dumbfounded by the sudden and apparently inexplicable level of hatred for the No 2 hit