CMT confirmed this after it was first published Jason Aldean‘s highly controversial music video for “Try That in a Small Town,” the network took the controversial clip off the air Monday, before even raising anger over the tune Tuesday.
A CMT spokesperson did not comment further on the footage. Representatives of Aldean’s record label, BBR Music Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Billboard was the first to report that the video was removed by the network.
Meanwhile, Aldean took to social media Tuesday afternoon to defend the song from many critics, and took a much softer tone in his message than it did in the hostile single, or video, projecting images of the demonstrators into a courthouse. famous lynching site.
“I’ve been accused of releasing a lynching song (a song that’s been out since May) in the last 24 hours and was compared (direct quote) to my dissatisfaction with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only worthless, but dangerous,” Aldean wrote.
He continued, “There isn’t a single word in the song that refers to or points to race – and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t an actual newsreel – and I can try to respect others having their own song interpretation of a song with music – that goes too far. “I was on Route 91, where many died, and our community has experienced another heartbreaking tragedy recently. NOBODY, myself included, wants to keep seeing meaningless headlines or broken families.”
Aldean tried to portray the song as having a positive attitude towards small towns and downplayed the belligerent threats to foreigners that make up most of the lyrics, not to mention the stock footage of the protesters that took up most of the video’s runtime.
“For me, ‘Try That In A Small Town’ expresses a sense of community where we grew up and cared for our neighbors regardless of background or religious differences. Because they were our neighbors and that was above any difference. My political views have never been a hiding place, and I know that many of us in this country cannot agree on how to get back to a sense of normalcy that we left with at least one day without a headline holding us back. night us But that’s the desire – that’s what this song is about.
The tweet he sent with this message did not calm those who saw the anger against the residents of the city and even the racist dog whistles in the video shot in front of a courthouse in Tennessee, Colombia, which is known for being the scene of lynching events. A black man in the 1920s. Aldean did not specifically touch upon the part of the discussion regarding racially charged location.
While the video’s fate at CMT has been determined, it’s not yet clear whether it will have a similar impact on country radio or whether the format will stand behind the already deeply divided song.
Country Aircheck’s insert chart for Monday showed that the single had been added to 125 stations that would normally be a sign for a big hit. (The highest number of stations reporting attachments for any current hit is 156.) While not as strong as Dan + Shay’s 134 additional slots “Save Me the Trouble,” it looks like a huge success from the get-go. it’s in the box this week and its path to #1 is clearer.
Variation He addressed the Aldean controversy in a comment Wednesday: Jason Aldean Already Had the Worst Country Song of the Decade. Video Worse.
It didn’t come as a surprise to anyone who was aware that the singer had been increasingly open with her conservative political beliefs in recent years when Aldean threatened to deliver a message to anyone who tried to draw their guns in the song. The singer was demoted by the promotional company after making a series of statements, including helping sell children anti-Biden outfits and telling the audience she didn’t want to see masks in the audience. She also signed off on her husband’s statements that the LGBTQ+ community considers transphobic, she.