Again in Might, Jason Aldean launched his track “Attempt That in a Small City,” a plodding don’t-come-round-here-no-more warning to anybody selecting to “act a idiot” within the titular small cities of America. It stayed largely beneath the radar then, however final week it entered the cultural discourse when Aldean and director Shaun Silva dropped a video for the track that includes the nation star performing in entrance of a courthouse — reportedly in Columbia, Tennessee, the positioning of a 1933 lynching — and interspersed with footage depicting protests as violent and lawless.
The backlash towards the video, track, and Aldean himself has been swift, culminating with CMT, the country-music cable community, pulling the music video from its rotation. (A rep for CMT confirmed to Rolling Stone that the video was now not airing.) Aldean responded to the criticism on Tuesday with a prolonged submit on social media, dismissing the backlash fully.
“Previously 24 hours I’ve been accused of releasing a pro-lynching track (a track that has been out since Might) and was topic to the comparability that I (direct quote) was not too happy with the nationwide BLM protests. These references will not be solely meritless, however harmful. There may be not a single lyric within the track that references race or factors to it – and there is not a single clip that is not actual information footage – and whereas I can attempt to respect others to have their very own interpretation of a track with music – this one goes too far,” wrote Aldean, happening to reference the 2017 Las Vegas competition mass taking pictures and, seemingly, the latest Covenant college taking pictures in Nashville.
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“As many identified,” he continued, “I used to be current at Route 91 – the place so many misplaced their lives – and our neighborhood lately suffered one other heartbreaking tragedy. NO ONE, together with me, desires to proceed to see mindless headlines or households ripped aside.”
He went on to elucidate his interpretation of the track, written by Kelley Lovelace, Kurt Allison, Neil Thrasher, and Tully Kennedy and produced by Aldean’s longtime producer Michael Knox. “Attempt That In A Small City, for me, refers back to the feeling of a neighborhood that I had rising up, the place we took care of our neighbors, no matter variations of background or perception. As a result of they had been our neighbors, and that was above any variations. My political beliefs have by no means been one thing I’ve hidden from, and I do know that numerous us on this nation do not agree on how we get again to a way of normalcy the place we go at the least someday with out a headline that retains us up at evening. However the need for it to – that is what this track is about.”
As he factors out in his assertion, Aldean hasn’t been shy about his pro-Trump politics. He and his influencer spouse, Brittany Aldean, have promoted anti-Biden (and anti-vaccine) clothes in 2021. Final 12 months, the couple turned embroiled in an argument over a transphobic submit made by Brittany Aldean.
Aldean is at present on the highway together with his Freeway Desperado Tour. Final weekend, he needed to minimize quick a present in Connecticut after being overcome by the warmth.