Jason Aldean Addresses Controversy Surrounding His Song
Country artist Jason Aldean has recently been at the center of criticism regarding his new song and music video. The song titled “Try That in a Small Town” has been accused of being racist and pro-lynching. In response to the backlash, Aldean has finally spoken out.
Criticism and Removal of Music Video
After claims of racism and pro-lynching, CMT decided to remove the music video for Aldean’s song “Try That in a Small Town.” However, the musician is standing up for himself and addressing the allegations made against him.
Denying Racist Intent
Aldean took to social media to address the accusations, stating, “In the past 24 hours, I have been accused of publishing a pro-lynching song (a tune that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the statewide BLM rallies.” He further added, “These references are not only worthless, but dangerous.”
Lack of Explanation from CMT
CMT removed the music video from airplay after only three days, but they have not provided any reasons for their decision. This lack of transparency has left many wondering about the motivations behind the removal.
Historical Significance of the Music Video
The controversial music video was filmed in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, where an African-American man named Henry Choate was lynched in the 1920s. While it is not explicitly stated in the video, the imagery of protesters, police clashes, and burning American flags has further fueled the controversy.
Aldean’s Explanation of the Song
Aldean defends his song, arguing that it speaks to the sense of community he experienced while growing up in a small town. He emphasizes that the lyrics do not reference race and that every video clip used is real news footage. Despite political differences, Aldean believes in coming together for a sense of normalcy.
It’s worth noting that this is not the first time Aldean has faced criticism. In 2021, his wife, Brittany Aldean, made transphobic remarks that led to the musician’s public relations company severing ties with him. Aldean has faced backlash for his response to his wife’s comments as well.
Adding to the challenges he is currently facing, Aldean has experienced health issues. He was hospitalized for heatstroke on the second day of his Highway Desperado tour, causing a delay in his appearance. The concert venue has assured fans that the show will be rescheduled.
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