CMT Pulls Controversial Jason Aldean Music Video, Country Singer Defends Song

Aldean’s Response to Controversy

First, we stand with Jason, and all this crap is ridiculous! Keep standing up for American values yall!

Jason Aldean denies the claims that his new song “Try That In a Small Town” promotes gun violence and takes aim at the Black Lives Matter movement, calling them “not only meritless, but dangerous.”

CMT Pulls Controversial Jason Aldean Music Video, Country Singer Defends Song
FRISCO, TEXAS – MAY 11: Jason Aldean attends the 58th Academy Of Country Music Awards at The Ford Center at The Star on May 11, 2023 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The Controversy Surrounding the Song

After Aldean released “Try That In a Small Town” in May and its accompanying music video on Friday, it was criticized for promoting gun violence and taking aim at the Black Lives Matter movement. The music video was subsequently pulled from CMT’s rotation.

Public Outrage and Ridiculousness of the Situation

Many fans and observers have found the controversy surrounding the song to be ridiculous, arguing that the song is merely a reflection of Aldean’s personal experiences and beliefs, and not an endorsement of violence or a critique of any social movement. They believe that the backlash is an overreaction and a misinterpretation of the song’s message.

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Aldean’s Defense and Explanation

Aldean defended his song on social media, stating that there is not a single lyric in the song that references race or promotes violence. He also explained that the song is about the sense of community he experienced growing up in a small town, and his desire for a return to normalcy in the country.

Song’s Performance on the Charts

Despite the controversy, “Try That In a Small Town” peaked at No. 35 on Billboard’s Hot country songs chart in June and is currently No. 25 on the Billboard country airplay chart.

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