One of the biggest stars in country music has been defending his latest release against accusations of racism. The New York Daily News reports that Brad Paisley’s "Accidental Racist" — which also features LL Cool J — is being called by some bloggers and other critics “the worst song ever.”
The song includes Paisley singing about being a "white man coming to you from the southland," the piece notes, with LL Cool J rapping about feeling like a "newfangled Django."
“The country crooner isn’t apologizing. In fact, the conversation it has started appears to be the response Paisley wanted,” the story reports.
Paisley took to Twitter Monday night to defend the song, writing: "I wouldn’t change a thing. … This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball, ya’ll."
The piece notes that the song includes these lyrics, rapped by LL Cool J: "If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.”
Paisley has been making the rounds in the media in defense of the song. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly he said of the collaboration: “It’s not a stunt. It was really obvious to me that we still have issues as a nation with [race]. … And I think the younger generations are really kind of looking for ways out of this.”
The report adds: “The controversial song is featured on Paisley’s upcoming album, ‘Officially Alive,’ and the singer previously explained to ‘Good Morning America’ that the completed work pushes out of his comfort zone. More lyrics from the song explain Paisley’s plight of being ‘caught between southern pride and southern blame.’"
Paisley is quoted telling Lara Spencer: "We decided not to respect boundaries. We thought anything that helps tell the story and, I guess, be entertaining, we thought it was time to incorporate it.”
Paisley added during his Monday night workout on Twitter: "As you buy this album, I hope it triggers emotions. I hope you feel joy, heartache, triumph, surprise; you laugh, cry, nudge someone beside you. I hope the album rocks you, soothes you, raises questions, answers, evokes feelings, all the way through until Officially Alive"
Here’s the song: