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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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theresaphilly
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Who is LL  Cool J?

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM
1 mom liked this



Quoting FromAtoZ:


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

The Voice is so much better than American Idol. 


stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

I haven't heard the song apparently it is too controversial to stay on Youtube. But, I did manage to hear all the comments about this song. 

My comments on the comments: If you have issues with this song you don't need to talk about moving forward rather than looking back because you are not. If you don't get the lyrics then don't listen. From what I get from several of the comments is they are taking this collaboration in the same manner as many people reject biracial couples. Seriously if you want to move forward then stop drawing hard lines. The subliminal scream from the youtube video comments (where people comment via making a video) is no one wants equality they want to top. Great that is a part of human nature and it isn't going to be fixed anytime soon but stop screaming equality and stop trying to merge when you want to top. To top, you have to go your own way and create your own position. Once you get there you conquer. And if anyone still wonders why we have this racial tension this is why. The majority do not want to be accepting. They want to be allowed to be them while shoving others in the ground. It matter not if you are black, white, hispanic, high class, low class, middle class, christian, athiest, etc. There is a driving need to force others to do your bidding. When you fix that then you will fix the world. 

soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I enjoyed the collaberation, I enjoyed the song, I thought it was quite thought provoking and right on many levels. Brad and LL are both extremely talented people and really I don't get the hate. Unless your agenda isn't moving past all this but reminding each other to be stuck in it.

soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

I don't watch Idol stopped watching years ago. The Voice is waaaaayyyyy better. I love all the coaches. So glad Christina isn't on there. She totally turned me off of her when she could never find a nice thing to say about Tony Luca.


Quoting smalltowngal:



Quoting FromAtoZ:


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

The Voice is so much better than American Idol. 




soonergirl980
by Silver Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM


me too me too! lol


Quoting Carpy:

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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