Try That in a Small Town, the newest song by country singer Jason Aldean, has caused quite a stir on the social media with the singer facing immense backlash. The music video is a combination of a news footage mostly from protests by the movement “Black Lives Matter” and lyrics such as: “Cuss out a cop, spit in his face / Stomp on the flag and light it up / Yeah, ya think you’re tough / Well, try that in a small town / See how far ya make it down the road,” and “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.” Following the images, the video clip shows with a brief montage of grainy footage depicting peaceful townspeople and their crops and families.
The location where the video was filmed held a historical significance as it was the same where in the 1920s an 18-year-old African-American man named Henry Choate was lynched.
Following the accusations that the song and the lyrics were racist and pro-lynching, CMT pulled the music video but refused to comment on the reasons behind their decision.
“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,” the country singer said on social media. “These references are not only meritless, but dangerous,” he further added.
The music video in question showed Aldean performing the controversial song in front of Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, with an American flag draped on the entrance.
There were plenty of comments on the social media by people calling Aldean “a racist who writes barely concealed lynching songs” and a “violent bigot,” while Variety dubbed the song was “the most contemptible country song of the decade.”