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Trying to find a link to the actual song, but this video gives a great reaction to the song...what are your thoughts?

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Brad Paisley Calls ‘Accidental Racist’ One Of His ‘Proudest Moments As A Songwriter’

Brad Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse isn’t even in stores yet (it’s set for release tomorrow), but already one of the songs is causing controversy for its lyrics that attempt to address racial tensions in the South.

Called “Accidental Racist,” the song appears aimed at helping to bridge misunderstandings. The song starts out with a guy apologizing for the Confederate flag on his T-shirt to a a worker he encountered at the local Starbucks. As his protagonist sings, “when I put on that T-shirt, the only thing I meant to say, is I’m a Skynyrd fan.”

“I’m proud of where I’m from,” the chorus goes, “but not everything we’ve done.” And his protagonist does admit that he’s “got a lot to learn,” and ultimately, “I just want to make things right.”

In the back half of the song, guest artist LL Cool J steps in with a counterpoint to Brad’s “white cowboy hat” POV. LL’s lines include lyrics like, “Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good/You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would.”

And the point they seem to be trying to make is that judgement is a two-way street. As LL continues, “When I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinking it’s not all good/I guess we’re both guilty of judging the cover and not the book.”

LL eventually concludes, “If you don’t judge my do-rag, I won’t judge your red flag.” So, all good, right?

Not so fast. While some might see the song as a sincere attempt at mending centuries of racial tension, others who’ve heard it find that the lines about “Southern pride” and “red flags” only fuel the flames of a still-hot issue.

As The Hairpin writes, “the song is a lyrical disgrace filled with awkward non-apologies and faux-pensiveness over the history of racism in the south.” Jezebel calls it “a mournful ballad about how hard it is to be a white man.” And Salon simply slams it as “a strong contender for the worst song of all time,” citing that whatever apologies Brad’s protagonist is making are “deeply conditional.”

Brad himself appears ready for all this–and ready to continue the conversation. As he told Entertainement Weekly, “This isn’t a stunt. I’m [releasing the song] because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago. I think that we’re going through an adolescence in America when it comes to race.”

Brad wrote the song with Lee Miller. “We were talking about Southern pride,” he says in the promotional video about the song that was provided to Radio.com, “and how far we’ve come, and racism… and things also feel like maybe they aren’t better yet.”

 Halfway through writing, Brad got the idea to include LL Cool J. “I wanted [his] perspective. LL being such a tremendously respectable, wonderful guy. To hear what he thinks and his point of view in this song. Being from the north, being black, and how he feels about the subject. It really meant the world to me that he was willing to do this.”

“He’s very creative and courageous to do this, in the sense that this isn’t a typical thing to sing about.”

Brad says that they both realized that they weren’t “answering questions” with the song. “But we are maybe asking some questions. And that’s the first step to finding answers.”

Ultimately, Brad calls the song “one of my proudest moments as a songwriter.”

In a recent Radio.com interview, LL echoed the love for Brad and “Accidental Racist.” “You know, working with Brad was amazing,” he said, going on to explain that he thinks the song is “very thought provoking and very interesting. It’s going to get a lot of attention. But we did something that was really cool.”

LL goes on to say that Brad returned the favor and played on his record as well. But he was clear, he wasn’t looking for just “a gimmicky thing.” Instead, he simply finds Brad to be a great musician.

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by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM
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Carpy
by Ruby Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM
message me your info

Quoting Billiejeens:

listening to tunesholding cloth bag OH! slip me an entry into the bowl - I'm already packed.




Quoting Carpy:

Not a fan of either. But just to note, we have a drawing going in the store for a free trip to Country Concert 13 with Brad Paisley and a signed guitar.



 

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KenneMaw
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:50 PM
1 mom liked this

I think it is amusing that everyone acts like the South is the only place where racism and slavery ever existed. It is everywhere.   So tired of hearing people apologize for things that happened years before they were even born.   

MamaJess9
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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Oh no you did NOT! ;)  I love Blake!

Actually I love all of them.  I was like you, I knew nothing about Shakira before The Voice this year.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I'm not a fan of either of these guys genre of music.. but good point I suppose.

Close to this in topic. I don't watch much tv..or keep up with Hollywood..So when I started watching the Voice I was really surprised how much i liked Shakira and Usher. I don' like their music and judged them on it..bad me!

btw..Blake is annoying all get out! ;0

 


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Apr. 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM


Quoting MamaJess9:

Oh no you did NOT! ;)  I love Blake!

Actually I love all of them.  I was like you, I knew nothing about Shakira before The Voice this year.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I'm not a fan of either of these guys genre of music.. but good point I suppose.

Close to this in topic. I don't watch much tv..or keep up with Hollywood..So when I started watching the Voice I was really surprised how much i liked Shakira and Usher. I don' like their music and judged them on it..bad me!

btw..Blake is annoying all get out! ;0

 


I am loving The Voice this season.  I like Blake......I am indeed a country girl, but I don't always agree with what he has to say.  I don't have to.  I met Brad years and years ago and he was a complete ass.  But that was then.

I get such a kick out of the banter between the coaches.  I adore Shakira and did not know much about her but seeing her on the show has made me look in to her more.

I don't dislike Usher but I don't love him either.  I guess I just don't know enough about him, really.  

But I do like the personalities they present on the show.  And Adam is good to look at, even for the older ladies. lol lol

IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

 

I was SO impressed with Shakira..she's sweet and funny. I enjoy her and Usher a lot.

My dd got me to watch American Idol..Nikki turned me right off! Her and Blake are in the same boat in my mind..ick! lol

Quoting MamaJess9:

Oh no you did NOT! ;)  I love Blake!

Actually I love all of them.  I was like you, I knew nothing about Shakira before The Voice this year.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I'm not a fan of either of these guys genre of music.. but good point I suppose.

Close to this in topic. I don't watch much tv..or keep up with Hollywood..So when I started watching the Voice I was really surprised how much i liked Shakira and Usher. I don' like their music and judged them on it..bad me!

btw..Blake is annoying all get out! ;0

 


 

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone- except God"...Billy Graham
MamaJess9
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Ugh I cannot stand Nikki!  So I am with you there.  I watched one episode with her in it and that was enough.  And I used to watch Idol all the time, but she is enough to make me not want to watch at all.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 

I was SO impressed with Shakira..she's sweet and funny. I enjoy her and Usher a lot.

My dd got me to watch American Idol..Nikki turned me right off! Her and Blake are in the same boat in my mind..ick! lol

Quoting MamaJess9:

Oh no you did NOT! ;)  I love Blake!

Actually I love all of them.  I was like you, I knew nothing about Shakira before The Voice this year.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I'm not a fan of either of these guys genre of music.. but good point I suppose.

Close to this in topic. I don't watch much tv..or keep up with Hollywood..So when I started watching the Voice I was really surprised how much i liked Shakira and Usher. I don' like their music and judged them on it..bad me!

btw..Blake is annoying all get out! ;0

 


 


IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

 I wonder if they will get rid of her next season?That voice...ugh! I don't know how Keith U can stand sitting next to her..I decided I like him after watching that one episode.  He seems kind. Not to mention, sweet on the eyes...lol

Quoting MamaJess9:

Ugh I cannot stand Nikki!  So I am with you there.  I watched one episode with her in it and that was enough.  And I used to watch Idol all the time, but she is enough to make me not want to watch at all.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 

I was SO impressed with Shakira..she's sweet and funny. I enjoy her and Usher a lot.

My dd got me to watch American Idol..Nikki turned me right off! Her and Blake are in the same boat in my mind..ick! lol

Quoting MamaJess9:

Oh no you did NOT! ;)  I love Blake!

Actually I love all of them.  I was like you, I knew nothing about Shakira before The Voice this year.  

Quoting IhaveHisjoy:

 I'm not a fan of either of these guys genre of music.. but good point I suppose.

Close to this in topic. I don't watch much tv..or keep up with Hollywood..So when I started watching the Voice I was really surprised how much i liked Shakira and Usher. I don' like their music and judged them on it..bad me!

btw..Blake is annoying all get out! ;0

 


 


 

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone- except God"...Billy Graham
Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM


Quoting kaylamom2004:

 wow. you're a sad lil racist.


Quoting kaylamom2004:

 Sounds like you have a problem.


Quoting kaylamom2004:

 Please tell me what he's done to you?










IMO you come across as such an antagonistic person. Is it just me?

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

bowing down

Quoting autodidact:


you're strange and make no fucking sense.

Quoting kaylamom2004:

 wow. you're a sad lil racist.

PestPatti
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:18 PM


 I just heard about this earlier today.   The song itself is bad. But the pairing is cool.  Too bad they couldnt have done a song like Nellie and Tim McGraw did.   That was good.


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