Country singer Jason Aldean just responded to what he referred to as the "bull****" attacks that he has been subject to since the release of his song, Try That in a Small Town.
Aldean did so, according to the Daily Caller, on Friday, while performing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
There, he said, "Well, I've gotta tell you guys, man, it’s been a long a** week. It’s been a long week, and I’ve seen a lot of stuff. I’ve seen a lot of stuff suggesting I’m this, suggesting I’m that."
"Here's the thing," Aldean continued. "Here's one thing I feel: I feel like everybody is entitled to their opinion. You can think something all you want, but that doesn't mean it's true."
What I am is a proud American. I love our country. I want to see it restored to what it once was before all this bull**** started happening to us. I love my country. I love my family. And, I will do anything to protect that. I can tell you that right now.
When Aldean finished, the crowd burst out into chants of "USA, USA, USA." Take a look:
🇺🇸 USA Chants Break Out as Jason Aldean Addresses the Media Attacks on Him This Week
“I love our country. I want to see it restored to what it once was before all this bullsh*t started happening to us.”
*From last night’s show in Cincinnati, OH (7/21) pic.twitter.com/VKGRIp0PvD
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The backstory here is that Aldean has been accused with his new song - Try That in a Small Town - and the accompanying music video of promoting racism and even lynching.
Here is verse one and the chorus:
Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk
Carjack an old lady at a red light
Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store
Ya think it’s cool, well, act a fool if ya like
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
‘Round 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
Regarding the music video, TMZ reported:
The singer's video was shot in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, TN -- the place where 18-year-old African-American Henry Choate was lynched in 1927 after being dragged through the streets, accused of attacking a white girl.
CMT, in response to the controversy, decided to pull Aldean's video from its rotation.
Aldean initially responded to the controversy with social media posts, saying, in one, that there was "not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it." Rather, Aldean said that the song is about the "feeling of a community" that one gets when living in a small town.
Aldean made it clear on Friday that he is not backing down from the critics, and, his fans, in response, made it clear that they have his back.
Aldean's song has quickly made it to the top of the charts, despite the controversy.