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Jason Aldean “Try That In A Small Town” Music Video Pulled by CMT – The Hollywood Reporter



Jason Aldean is defending his new controversial music and music video that was pulled by CMT, calling claims made towards the observe “not only meritless, but dangerous.”

After Aldean launched “Try That In a Small Town” in Could and its accompanying music video on Friday, it was criticized for selling gun violence and taking purpose on the Black Lives Matter motion.

The observe options the lyrics: “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.” Aldean later sings on the music, “Got a gun that my granddad gave me/They say one day they’re gonna round up/Well, that shit might fly in the city, good luck.”

The music video options the burning of the American flag, protests, looting and extra. CMT, which is devoted to nation music movies, pulled the clip from its rotation on Monday.

Aldean denied the allegations towards his music in a tweet on Tuesday.

“In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song … and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous,” he wrote. “There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far.”

On social media some customers had been offended by the lyrics, particularly since Aldean was performing onstage on the Route 91 Harvest Music Pageant in Las Vegas in 2017 when a shooter opened hearth and killed 60 concertgoers and injured a whole lot extra. In his tweet, the Grammy-nominated star referenced the tragedy: “NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart.”

“‘Try That In A Small Town,’ for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief. Because they were our neighbors, and that was above any differences,” he continued. “My political views have never been something I’ve hidden from, and I know that a lot of us in this Country don’t agree on how we get back to a sense of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. But the desire for it to- that’s what this song is about.”

“Try That In a Small Town” peaked at No. 35 on Billboard’s Sizzling nation songs chart in June. The music is No. 25 on this week’s Billboard nation airplay chart, which tracks success at nation radio.

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