Whoopi Goldberg on Friday agreed with critics of Jason Aldean's pro-America song "Try That In a Small Town," saying that critics said the video "is racist, with racist lyrics and images." CMT canceled the video after media leftists spoke out against it, claiming to be offended by a song and a recording artist they likely never listen to.
The song is about the need to return America to a place where people share values of community and civility, and to move away from the recent turmoil that created increased crime and a decline in common values. The video shows news footage from the 2020 BLM and Antifa riots that rocked the country that summer and led to more than 30 deaths across the US.
For Whoopi, however, who made the statements on The View, the backlash was well earned. Although it's likely that she never even saw the video or heard the song. She read the into to the segment off an index card, and when discussing South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's response to the backlash, had trouble getting her name write. She also got the name of the song wrong.
Despite that, she spoke with authority. "Listen," Whoopi said, "there are lyrics in the song, and I think you know, he talks about life in a small town, and it's different, he's got these images, he's got folks from the Black Lives Matter movement." These are images of rioting, looting, arson and attacking officers.
"And he's talking about people taking care of each other, and I find it so interesting that it never occured to Jason or the writers that that's what these folks were doing," she said.
"They were taking care of the people in their town, 'cause they didn't like what they saw, just like you talk about people taking care of each other in small towns, we do the same thing in big towns. You just have to realize when you make it about Black Lives Matter," she said, "people kind of say 'well, are you talking about black people? What are you talking about?"
In a tweet after backlash, Aldean said that there was "not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there [wasn't] a single video clip that isn’t real news footage."
Aldean said that the song "refers to the feeling of a community that [he] had growing up" where him and his community took care of each other "regardless of differences of background or belief."
"If we're talking about Americans taking care of each other," Whoopi went on, "then it shouldn't be about Black Lives Matter. You should be able to show all the different thigns that have done on in our country where people stood up and said 'no more.' We do the same thing that small towns do."
Co-host Alyssa Farah spoke after Goldberg and tried to defend people making a good faith argument about the song, but Whoopi then doubled down on her point.
Joy Behar added that that song was separating "big city people and from small town people. That to me is the divisive part of this song," Behar added. "It's a deplorable song and it's annoying."
It's likely that the ladies of The View are not country music fans in the first place.
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