Jason Aldean Addresses Criticism Surrounding His New Song

Country artist Jason Aldean has recently faced criticism and controversy over his latest song and music video. The song, titled “Try That in a Small Town,” has been accused of being racist and promoting lynching. Aldean has finally spoken out in response to the backlash.

Backlash Leads to Music Video Removal

After allegations of racism and promoting lynching, CMT made the decision to remove the music video for Aldean’s song “Try That in a Small Town.” However, Aldean is not remaining silent and is addressing the accusations made against him.

Aldean Denies Racist Intent

Aldean took to social media to address the accusations, clarifying his position by 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 emphasized, “These references are not only baseless, but dangerous.”

CMT’s Lack of Explanation

CMT removed the music video from airplay after just three days, yet they have not provided any reasons for their decision. This lack of transparency has left many wondering about the motivations behind the removal.

Historical Context 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 has defended 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 in the song is real news footage. Despite political differences, Aldean believes in coming together for a sense of normalcy.

Previous Controversies

It’s important to note 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 also faced backlash for his response to his wife’s comments.

Tour Delay

Adding to the challenges he is currently facing, Aldean has also 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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