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Jason Aldean’s Try That in a Small Town Music Video Reportedly Edited – The Hollywood Reporter



Amid the storm of criticism over Jason Aldean’s track “Try That in a Small Town,” it seems the music video to the controversial observe has been quietly edited to take away a number of the racially incendiary imagery.

On Tuesday, the Washington Submit reported that the video for “Try That in a Small Town” at the moment featured on YouTube was now six seconds shorter than the model uploaded on July 14. The Submit stories {that a} information clip from Fox 5 Atlanta in regards to the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in 2020 has been eliminated, though it’s unclear when the adjustments had been made.

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Aldean’s reps for touch upon the edits to the music video.

Aldean has confronted widespread condemnation for each the lyrics to “Try That in a Small Town” and the accompanying music video, with critics lambasting the track for selling gun violence and taking direct purpose on the Black Lives Matter motion with some commentators suggesting that the track and video had been pro-lynching with its coded references.

Notably within the video Aldean and his band carry out in entrance of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee which was the positioning of the 1946 Columbia race riot and the 1927 mob lynching of an 18-year-old Black teenager named Henry Choate.

On July 18, following a barrage of criticism on social media, Nation Music Tv pulled Aldean’s track from its rotation. The next day, the singer responded on Twitter, denying the track had racial components to it, coded or in any other case. “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.

Aldean added, “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.”

The controversy has been a boon for the track, with each gross sales and streams for “Try That in a Small Town” experiencing an enormous spike. Music knowledge firm Luminate says the track’s on-demand audio and video streams have elevated by 999 % — from 987,000 to 11.7 million — within the week after the controversy in regards to the track exploded on-line. Gross sales for the track are up as nicely: For the week earlier than the controversy, the observe solely bought 1,000 items; final week it bought 228,000 items, in accordance with Luminate.

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