Piers Morgan has received backlash after hitting out at the Rolling Stones’ decision to retire their 1971 hit, Brown Sugar.
The British rock band has retired the song due to its lyrics in relation to slavery, expressing concerns about their implication in the modern climate.
However, Morgan was not pleased with the decision and wrote on Twitter: “For the love of god… it’s ANTI-slavery!!!”
His comment garnered a critical response from his Twitter followers, who said that it wasn’t his place to say whether or not it has those connotations.
In response, Morgan wrote in a scathing Daily Mail piece: "Brown Sugar is demonstrably a song aimed at defending and supporting black women, not one that seeks to denigrate them or make light of slavery.
"But the woke-fuelled narrative will now be that the song IS racist, so the Stones are therefore racist, and they’ve abandoned performing it because they accept these assertions."
"What utter nonsense," he added. "As with so many of these woke campaigns, my guess is that it will massively backfire.
"Most reasonable people don’t share this incessant hysterical desire for cancelling everything and everyone that’s even vaguely contentious or ‘problematic.’"
Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson responded: "My grandfathers family were slaves maybe [Piers] can interview my grandfather about the lyrics and other people who’s family were slaves! I’m happy to set the call up!”
Another follower added: “Lol, Piers Morgan explaining Rolling Stones’ lyrics, as if he knows better than the author, is so Piers Morgan.”
During a recent interview with LA Times to mark their North American 'No Filter' tour, songwriters Keith Richards and Mick Jagger both discussed the decision to pull the track from the set list.
"I'm trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn't they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they're trying to bury it…,” Richards said.
He added with a laugh: "At the moment I don't want to get into conflicts with all of this s**t. But I'm hoping that we'll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track."
— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) October 13, 2021
Jagger, the primary creator of the song, added: “We've played Brown Sugar every night since 1970, so sometimes you think, 'We'll take that one out for now and see how it goes.'
"We might put it back in. The setlist in a stadium show, it's kind of a tough one. We did Let It Bleed last night, which I managed to play on 12-string guitar."
Brown Sugar, by Jagger’s own previous admission, has deliberately ambiguous lyrics which could have connotations for slavery, rape and heroin use.
In a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he quipped: “God knows what I'm on about on that song. It's such a mishmash.
“All the nasty subjects in one go... I never would write that song now,” adding he would ‘censor himself’.
Watch: The Rolling Stones arrive for No Filter Tour at SoFi Stadium