CMT, the country-music cable network, is heading deeper down a path paved by Bud Light in a recent move against country-music superstar Jason Aldean.
Network reps confirmed that the video for Conservative-leaning Aldean’s new song “Try That In A Small Town” has been removed from its rotation as of Monday.
The song is literally an anthem for how small-town America sees out-of-control crime in the mostly liberal-run parts of the country. These lyrics are offensive and racist? Exactly how?
“Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk, carjack an old lady at a red light. Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store. Ya think it’s cool, well, act a fool if ya like. Cuss out a cop, spit in his face. Stomp on the flag and light it up. Yeah, ya think you’re tough,” the lyrics read.
“Well, try that in a small town. See how far ya make it down the road.”
Aldean responded to the controversy swiftly and you can bet your guns that his fans have his back.
Aldean said this:
“In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous. There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far.
“As so many pointed out, I was present at Route 91-where so many lost their lives- and our community recently suffered another heartbreaking tragedy. NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart.”
The song, written by Kelley Lovelace, Kurt Allison, Neil Thrasher, and Tully Kennedy, has a powerful message of unity, the singer explained in his statement, not division.
“Try That In A Small Town, for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief. Because they were our neighbors, and that was above any differences. My political views have never been something I’ve hidden from, and I know that a lot of us in this Country don’t agree on how we get back to a sense of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. But the desire for it to- that’s what this song is about.”
If you haven’t watched it, it is one hell of an anthem for freedom-loving fed-up Americans. You can see it here:
The left pounced on the opportunity to virtue signal. Here are a few examples:
Liberal speaker Shannon Watts was all too proud of her part in stirring the controversy and mocking Conservative Americans. :
Then, Bud Light.
Soon right-wing extremists will be wearing UGGs while drinking Pinot Grigio and listening to smooth jazz. https://t.co/f3em19Zoh1
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 19, 2023
Tennessee State Representative for District 52 and community organizer Justin Jones jumped in with this gun-grabbing tweet, “As Tennessee lawmakers, we have an obligation to condemn Jason Aldean’s heinous song calling for racist violence. What a shameful vision of gun extremism and vigilantism. We will continue to call for common sense gun laws, that protect ALL our children and communities.”
US Representative Lauren Boebert could not disagree more. She and others backed Aldean fully on social media:
.@Jason_Aldean put everything that is on our minds to music.
Everyone needs to listen to this song and just reflect on how far this great nation has fallen — but realize that WE THE PEOPLE can get it all back and MORE!
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 18, 2023
“That song is racist!”
Wait. You hear “Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk/Carjack an old lady at a red light/Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store” and you think “that’s gotta be a black person”?
Maybe you’re the racist.
Lol no maybe about it. You are.
— Dr Strangetweet Or How I Learned To Love The RT (@lone_rides) July 19, 2023
You ain’t gotta explain anything…. the song is real and from the heart…. don’t let them intimidate you… just keep doing what you’re doing, if the song didn’t hit home they wouldn’t be pissed
— Chicago1Ray 🇺🇸 (@Chicago1Ray) July 18, 2023
Let them cry like they always do.
— Leftism (@LeftismForU) July 18, 2023
“The song is badass, Donald Trump needs to use it at every rally,” one fan said.