Legendary country music singer Jason Aldean has defended himself against accusations of promoting lynching and racism following the removal of the music video for his song "Try That in a Small Town" from CMT (Country Music Television).
Aldean tweeted: "In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are 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.
"As so many pointed out, I was present at Route 91-where so many lost their lives- and our community recently suffered another heartbreaking tragedy. NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart.
"'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. Because they were our neighbors, and that was above any differences. 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."
Aldean expressed his disappointment over the smears considering the fact that the track had been available since May.
The lyrics of the song's first verse include lines such as "Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk / Carjack an old lady at a red light / Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store / Ya think it's cool, well, act a fool if ya like." Aldean continues with, "Cuss out a cop, spit in his face / Stomp on the flag and light it up / Yeah, ya think you're tough."
The music video, released on Friday, incorporates footage from various protests, including those associated with Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Aldean can be seen positioned in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee.
Left-wing activists and media labeled it "the most contemptible country song of the decade," while social media users accused the artist of being "pro-lynching" and referred to him as a "violent bigot" and a "racist."
Aldean clarified the meaning behind "Try That In a Small Town," stating that it reflects the sense of community he experienced while growing up. The singer stressed the importance of taking care of neighbors despite their different backgrounds or beliefs.
He also acknowledged his openly conservative political views and recognized the differing opinions within the country regarding the path to restoring a sense of normalcy.
While Aldean's song and video have sparked controversy, the artist remains steadfast in his explanation of the song's intended message. As the debate surrounding "Try That In a Small Town" continues, Aldean encourages dialogue and understanding, even as the woke mob comes for him.
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