Paisley revealed that he had no idea there was a controversy brewing until LL Cool J called him Monday morning and asked, “have you looked at the internet?”
“Racism has been on my mind,” Paisely said, citing the recent films Django Unchained and Lincolnas inspiration to tackle the subject with his music. He said his intention was to create a dialogue “between country music and rap music” and “to deal with this subject between two individuals in a loving and understanding way.”
When Leno asked him if he would record the song again knowing the divisive impact it would have, Paisley said, “I don’t know” and mentioned the 30 minutes of coverage about it on NPR he heard on the way to the taping. But, he added, at least “they’re talking about” the issue and “my prayer is that it will make something good come out of it.”
Paisley’s song drew a lot of controversy on the Tumblrs earlier this week.
13:25 // 11 months ago
alexanderpf says: What exactly do you find so problematic about Brad Paisley's song Accidental Racist? I'm originally from Germany but moved to Alabama at a young age. Have you ever had a chance to travel through some of the more rural parts of the Southeast? While there are definitely still some very vocal racists -- most people find themselves in a middle school dance type situation of socially expected segregation... and I think the song really speaks to that.
» SFB says: Race is a difficult subject to discuss, and when it’s handled poorly, it shows. The song, simply put, handles a delicate subject poorly—no matter what part of the country you live in. I used to live in a part of South Carolina that was decidedly not urban. I lived there long enough that I understand what you’re talking about, but I think at the same time that doesn’t give Brad Paisley a pass. It’s a clumsy treatment of a clumsy topic. Plus, I mean, how does something like this get on an album? There were people at his label that signed off on this and didn’t see the problem. That’s a huge problem. — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: This commentary on the subject says everything you need to know.
19:07 // 11 months ago