Jason Aldean Responds to Backlash Over Politically Charged Single!
Jason Aldean, a big name in country music, is responding to the criticism of his latest song, which has gotten even more attention since its music video came out. “Try That in a Small Town,” Aldean’s song, came out in May. On the surface, it seems like a typical country song, with themes like small towns, guns, and being tough and able to take care of yourself.
“Try That in a Small Town” reminds me of the sense of community I had when I was growing up. We looked out for each other, no matter where we came from or what we believed. Because they were our friends, and that was more important than anything else,” Aldean wrote Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.
But critics have a hard time with some of the words, which one commenter called a “modern lynching song.”
“F**k a cop and spit in his face.”
Kick the flag and set it on fire.
You think you’re tough, huh?
Try doing that in a small town.
Try to get as far as you can down the road.
We take care of our own here.
If you step over that line, it won’t be long before
If you want to know, I suggest you don’t
Try doing that in a small town”
A church leader and podcaster named Jacqui Lewis said on Twitter, “There is no non-racist way to write a song about lynching.” “When Jason Aldean sings “See how far ya make it down the road,” it makes me think of a very specific history.”
Other people said that the words made them think of “sundown towns,” which are places where people of color are not welcome or where they are threatened or hurt.
In the song, there is also a reference to a popular argument against gun laws.
“My grandfather gave me a gun.”
People say that one day they’ll round up
Well, that may work in the city, so good luck with that”
CNN has asked Aldean’s people what they think about it.
Even though country songs about guns have been around for a long time, some fans found the song’s lyrics strange given Aldean’s sad history with gun violence. (Aldean is not listed as one of the song’s writers.)
In 2017, 58 people were killed and hundreds more were hurt when a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Music Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The singer was on stage at the time. It is the most deadly mass killing in U.S. history. After that, Aldean talked about how upset he was and said he was open to more gun control laws. In a post on social media on Tuesday, he talked about the mass killing and said, “NO ONE, including me, wants to keep seeing senseless headlines or families being torn apart.”
With the release of the song’s music video, “Try That in a Small Town” has become even more controversial. Some watchers noticed that parts of the video were shot in front of what looks like the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee.
There have been several acts of racism at the courts, including the lynching of a Black man named Henry Choate in 1927. In 1946, it was also the setting for the Columbia Race Riot. Aldean was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, a mid-sized city in the middle of the state.
Some people said that the place was a “dog whistle.”
“Clearly you know NOTHING about the history of that building and the lynching,” someone else said.
Several well-known people, like gun control campaigner Shannon Watts and TV legend LeVar Burton, have weighed in on the debate.
Aldean fans said that the choice of spot for the music video was probably just a coincidence. Others cheered loudly when they heard the new song.
Greg Price, a conservative influencer, called the music video “epic” and said it “rips into the left-wing riots, soft on crime governance in cities, gun control, and other leftist degradation.”
In his most recent tweet, Aldean replied to the criticism by denying charges of racism and what he called “pro-lynching” themes.
He wrote on Twitter, “These references are not only pointless but also dangerous.” “There isn’t a single line in the song that mentions or points to race, and every video clip is real news footage. I can respect that other people have their own ideas about how to interpret a song with music, but this one goes too far.”
He went on to say that the song is meant to be a call for people to work together.
“I’ve never tried to hide what I think about politics, and I know that a lot of people in this country don’t agree on how to get back to a sense of routine, where at least one day goes by without a news story that keeps us up at night. But wanting it to happen is what this song is about.”
Aldean has been a mainstay of country music for years, and his voice is one of the most played on modern country radio. This controversy is happening at a time when country music is changing, with more diverse acts breaking into the mainstream and big stars speaking out for racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and other social problems.