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Jason Aldean’s new music video was filmed at a lynching site. A big country music network pulled it

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Jason Aldean Controversial Music Video

Jason Aldean, a well-known country music artist, recently had his latest music video, “Try That In A Small Town,” pulled off from Country Music Television (CMT) just a few days after its release. This action was due to the controversy surrounding the video’s setting and the content of its lyrics.

The video, where Aldean performs in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, has sparked intense online criticism. This location was notorious for the Columbia race riot of 1946 and the mob lynching of Henry Choate, an 18-year-old Black teenager, in 1927. Some online commentators have accused Aldean’s video of being a subtle racial signal or a “dog whistle,” while others have openly tagged it as “pro-lynching.”

The music video features additional elements like footage of violent riots and flag burning, intercut with clips of Aldean’s performance. A provocative news headline from Fox News declaring a “state of emergency in Georgia” can also be seen.

Aldean, a Georgia native, denies any racist intention in his lyrics or the choice of location. His song does contain contentious lyrics like, “Cuss out a cop, spit in his face / Stomp on the flag and light it up…”. However, Aldean maintains that neither his song nor the video contains any racial references.

The video’s production company, Tacklebox, issued a statement denying any intentional selection of the filming location due to its historical significance. They clarified that it was chosen for being a common filming spot outside Nashville, previously used for many other productions.

Long recognized as a conservative and a supporter of ex-President Donald Trump, Aldean has found himself defended by various conservative figures like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kristi Noem, and Lauren Boebert following the video’s removal.

This isn’t Aldean’s first time dealing with controversy. In 2015, he faced backlash for wearing blackface makeup as part of a Lil Wayne costume for Halloween. He also made headlines in 2017 for performing at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas during the most deadly mass shooting in recent U.S. history. Over the years, Aldean’s stance on gun control has remained complex and at times contradictory, despite his music often celebrating gun ownership.

He commented on the current controversy saying, “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,”. He added that such accusations were not only baseless but also dangerous.

As of now, CMT has not responded to requests for comment.

Please note that this article has been updated to accurately reflect the day of Aldean’s tweet, which was on Tuesday, not Wednesday.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jason Aldean Controversial Music Video

Why was Jason Aldean’s music video pulled from Country Music Television?

Jason Aldean’s music video for “Try That In A Small Town” was pulled from Country Music Television due to controversy over the video’s setting and the lyrics of the song. The video was filmed at the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, a site notorious for the 1946 Columbia race riot and the 1927 lynching of a Black teenager, Henry Choate. Some online critics accused the video of promoting a subtle racial message or even being “pro-lynching.”

What is the controversy surrounding Jason Aldean’s latest music video?

The controversy primarily lies in the setting of the video and the content of its lyrics. Critics argue that the choice to film at the Maury County Courthouse, a site of historical racial violence, and the inclusion of contentious lyrics are insensitive and potentially promote harmful messages.

Did Jason Aldean choose the controversial location for his music video?

According to a statement from the production company, Tacklebox, Jason Aldean did not personally choose the location for his music video. The Maury County Courthouse was selected as a popular filming site outside Nashville.

Has Jason Aldean faced similar controversies in the past?

Yes, Jason Aldean has been at the center of controversy before. In 2015, he was criticized for wearing blackface makeup and a wig with dreadlocks as part of a Lil Wayne Halloween costume. He also made headlines in 2017 when he was performing at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

What is Jason Aldean’s stance on the controversy surrounding his music video?

Jason Aldean has defended his music video, stating in a tweet that there are no racial references in the song’s lyrics or in any part of the video. He stated that all video clips used are real news footage and that any interpretations suggesting racial implications go too far. He also called the accusations of promoting lynching in his song baseless and dangerous.

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