Despite the current onslaught of criticism that accuses the track “Try That in a Small Town” of inciting racism and gun violence, Jason Aldean is steadfast in his defense of his controversial song “Try That in a Small Town.”
The country artist, who is 46 years old, spoke out against “cancel culture” and reminisced on his “long-ass week” during a performance at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday.
“It’s been a long week, and I’ve seen a lot of different things,” the speaker said. I’ve come across a lot of evidence that seems to point to the fact that I am this or that. “Here’s the deal, here’s one thing I feel: I feel like everyone’s entitled to their opinion,” Aldean added. “Here’s the thing, here’s one thing I feel.” “Just because you think something, it doesn’t mean it’s true no matter how much you think it, does it?”
He went on by saying, “But what I am is a proud American.” “I take great pride in calling this place home. Since I care deeply about the state of our nation, one of my goals is to help bring it back to the way it was before all of these ridiculous things started happening to us. I have a deep love for both our nation and my family, and because of that, I am willing to do anything to ensure their safety. I’m able to confirm that to you right this moment.”
The audience during the concert applauded and started chanting “U.S.A.” in reaction to the words made by Aldean. The musician continued on to explain what he meant by the term “cancel culture” by stating that it is “something that, if people don’t like what you say, they try to make sure they can cancel you, which means try to ruin your life, ruin everything.”
Aldean made his first public appearance since the release of the music video for the song, which features footage of protests alongside lyrics such as “Got a gun that my granddad gave me / They say one day they’re gonna round up / Well, that s— might fly in the city, good luck.” Aldean’s concert on Friday was his first public appearance since the controversy was sparked. Due to the subsequent events, the video was removed from CMT.
In an earlier tweet on Tuesday, the singer of “Dirt Road Anthem” criticized the “meritless” and “dangerous” charges that have been made against the song and its accompanying video.
“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 [Black Lives Matter] protests,” he wrote, pointing out that the single does not contain a “single lyric” that references race, but it does feature “real news footage.” Aldean went on to say, “While I can try and respect other people’s right to have their own interpretation of a song with music, this one goes too far.”
“For me, ‘Try That In A Small Town’ relates to the sense of a community that I had when I was growing up when we took care of our neighbors regardless of differences in background or belief. I had that feeling when I lived in a small town.
Because they were our neighbors, and the fact that they were our neighbors took precedence over any other differences,” he wrote. “My political views have never been something I’ve hidden from, and I realize that a lot of people in this country don’t agree on how we get back to a feeling of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. However, I would like to say the following: “My political views have never been something I’ve hidden from.” But the want for it to be so is the subject of this song.
Since the video was made public, numerous people, including Sheryl Crow and the ladies of “The View,” have voiced their disapproval of Aldean’s performance. Joy Behar criticized the song, calling it “deplorable” and “annoying,” and Sunny Hostin criticized the song for what she believed to be its racial meaning.
Because they were an interracial couple, the Ku Klux Klan forced my mother and father to leave South Carolina and move to another state. “Don’t tell me that not only was he aware of what he was doing by using that imagery, but that he embraces that imagery,”
Hostin added. “My father is still scarred from that experience.” My father is still traumatized by that experience. “Unfortunately, this song is currently ranked first on iTunes in the United States. This country does have an issue with race, but the largest problem is that people here refuse to acknowledge that the problem even exists.
A few more facts about the song and the reaction to it-
People have said that the song’s words are like those of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus and “She Got the Best of Me” by Keith Urban, which has been criticized for how they show infidelity.
Some fans have said that the way the song talks about cheating is bad because it could make cheating seem normal and acceptable.
Some people have said the song is just a story and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
Because of the reaction to the song, people have also talked about “cancel culture” and the power of social media to change people’s minds.
Some people have said that “cancel culture” is a kind of control that makes it hard for people to say what they want to say. Others have said that it is an important way to hold people responsible for what they do.