Jason Aldean received little to no backlash when he released "Try That in a Small Town" in May, however when the accompanying music video debuted on Friday, it was immediately attacked by the left and branded everything from "racist" to "pro-lynching." Despite receiving rave reviews from fans and climbing the charts, Country Music Television dropped the clip from its lineup on Tuesday with no explanation given.
One of the many leftists claiming to have contributed to CMT's decision was anti-gun activist Shannon Watts. She not only celebrated the move, but said she was "proud" to have played a part in it.
"Proud to have had a hand in getting CMT to reject this racist and violent song," Watts tweeted Tuesday.
Attacks from her and other leftists stemmed largely from the fact that Aldean had filmed the music video in front of a building where a black man was lynched a hundred years ago.
On Sunday, she claimed "Try That in a Small Town" was "about how [Aldean] and his friends will shoot you if you try to take their guns."
Watts also posted a screenshot of the song's lyrics and suggested Aldean had written it as "an ode to a sundown town." Sundown towns, common in the United States prior to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, were places in which non-white people were not allowed to remain after dark.
Watts went on to accuse Aldean of "suggesting people be beaten or shot for expressing free speech," and insinuating that "guns are being confiscated." She reminded people that Aldean had been on stage when the Las Vegas mass shooting took place.
The activist was promptly lambasted by other Twitter users calling her out for intentionally misinterpreting the song's meaning.
Aldean released a statement calling the attacks "not only meritless, but dangerous."
"There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far."
Addressing Watts' and others' comments about the Las Vegas shooting, Aldean said "NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart" by gun violence.
"Try That In A Small Town, for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief," he continued. "My political views have never been something I've hidden from, and I know that a lot of us in this Country don't agree on how we get back to a sense of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. But the desire for it to- that's what this song is about."
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