Jason Aldean: US country star denies new music video is 'pro-lynching'
Jason Aldean's new music video for the song "Try That in a Small Town" has been met with controversy, with some viewers accusing it of being pro-lynching.
The video features footage of police brutality protests, flag burning, and riots, as well as scenes of Aldean performing in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee.
The courthouse was the site of the 1927 lynching of Henry Choate, a Black man.
Aldean has defended the video, saying that it is not pro-lynching and that he was simply trying to capture the feeling of community in a small town.
However, many viewers have found the video to be insensitive and offensive, and CMT has pulled it from its website.
The controversy surrounding the video has sparked a larger discussion about the representation of race and violence in country music.
Some critics have argued that the video perpetuates harmful stereotypes about Black people and violence in small towns. Others have said that the video is simply a reflection of the reality of racism and violence in America.
The debate over the video is likely to continue, and it will be interesting to see how country music responds to the criticism. It is important to note that Aldean is not the first country music star to be accused of promoting racism or violence.
In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile controversies involving country music artists, including Morgan Wallen and Luke Bryan.
The controversy surrounding Aldean's video is a reminder that country music is not immune to the same issues of race and violence that exist in the wider society.
It is important for country music artists to be aware of the potential impact of their lyrics and videos, and to take steps to avoid promoting harmful stereotypes.