NEW: Country Music Television has pulled Jason Aldean’s music video ‘Try That In A Small Town’ in response to media outrage.
In the music video, Aldean calls out left-wing violence, specifically violence against law enforcement.
Apparently this is ‘controversial’ and hateful… pic.twitter.com/Jq9D678s6G
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) July 19, 2023
Country music singer Jason Aldean has sparked controversy over lyrics in his new song that seem to promote gun violence.
Aldean, 46, who performed during the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas in 2017, where a mass shooter killed 61 people and injured over 400, released the music video for the song “Try That in a Small Town” on Saturday.
The song tells a story of the difference between city life and living in a small town, specifically, if someone there “cross[es] that line,” to “cuss out a cop, spit in his face” or “stomp on the flag and light it up,” to “try that in a small town.”
The lyrics continue: “See how far ya make it down the road/Around here, we take care of our own/You cross that line, it won’t take long/ For you to find out, I recommend you don’t/Try that in a small town.”
Aldean sings about a gun his grandad gave him, adding that he doesn’t want to give it up, “they say one day they’re gonna round up/Well, that s*** might fly in the city, good luck.”
The music video for “Try That in a Small Town” depicts Aldean singing in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, as news footage of protests and interactions with the police flash across the screen. …
“When u grow up in a small town, it’s that unspoken rule of ‘we all have each other’s backs and we look out for each other,'” he wrote on social media. “It feels like somewhere along the way, that sense of community and respect has gotten lost. Deep down we are all ready to get back to that. I hope my new music video helps y’all know that you are not alone in feeling that way.”
“.@Jason_Aldean – who was on-stage during the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert in 2017 that killed 60 people and wounded over 400 more – has recorded a song called ‘Try That In A Small Town’ about how he and his friends will shoot you if you try to take their guns,” tweeted Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand, a non-profit aimed at reducing gun violence in America.
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