New Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song Stirring Up Controversy


By Ashley Thompson

A new song from country music artist Brad Paisley and hip-hop Rapper LL Cool J is getting a lot of buzz. but some say the song, titled "accidental racist"  is racist itself.

The song  takes a look at stereotypes of southern white men and urban black men, but not everyone is liking what they hear.

Country music singer Brad Paisley and hip-hop Rapper LL Cool J say they wanted to tackle racism in their new song by singing about common stereotypes and misconceptions.

These are just a few of the lyrics; "I'm just a white man (If you don't judge my do-rag) Comin' to you from the southland (I won't judge your red flag)."

The lyrics are creating an uproar on the internet but some people are applauding the two artists for teaming up to sing about such a hot topic, including radio talk show host Greg Budell, who says he believes the song gets a dialogue going.

"I find it sad that it's causing controversy because here you have two guys who have merged two completely culturally different forms of music to make a statement together," he says. "I think that's a beautiful thing."

Others agree. Jay Holcey of WVAS 90.7 says he supports the song but tells us he understands why some people may not.

"I think because of it being an unusual collaboration between artists that are coming from different genres and to come together to sing and rap about a topic that has been a hot issue over the past 40 to 50 years and beyond. I think that's the reason why a lot of people are taking offense."

Some people are taking slight offense, including Joey Clark, who was born and raised in Montgomery but says he doesn't feel like the song represents all southerners.

"I don't personally relate to a lot of the stuff in the song so I felt that it could be very counter productive but not intending to," he says. "The song to me just still brings out a lot of stereotypes and division that isn't necessary."

Nationally syndicated radio host Adam Bomb tells us reaction from the song is mixed.

"Since we're on all over the country on the radio, including Montgomery, a lot of people are kind of hesitant to play the song," says Bomb. "We get a lot of requests for it in certain parts of the United States but it's a touchy subject because it deals with so many things." 

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Wanda said on Wednesday, Apr 17 at 7:03 AM

LOVE IT.....

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