‘The View’ Hosts Slam Jason Aldean’s New Song ‘Try That in a Small Town’

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Country singer Jason Aldean’s latest song, ‘Try That in a Small Town,’ has ignited controversy and faced heavy criticism from The View hosts. The 46-year-old artist released the music video for the song on July 14, even though the song had originally been released in May.

The video, which featured Aldean performing in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Tennessee, a site with a troubling historical association as the place where Black teenager Henry Choate was lynched in 1927, attracted significant attention online. Critics also pointed out that the song seemed to take aim at the Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd’s death in 2020, and contained lyrics warning against causing trouble and attacking police officers in the narrator’s neighborhood.

Examples of violent actions condemned in the song include lines like: “Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk / Carjack an old lady at a red light / Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store,” followed by Aldean singing: “Well, try that in a small town / See how far ya make it down the road / Around here, we take care of our own.”

Additionally, the song faced backlash for alluding to gun ownership and use, given that Aldean had previously performed at the Route 91 Festival in 2017, where a deadly mass shooting occurred, leaving 60 people dead and 400 injured.

The controversy led to the music video being removed from rotation by the country music channel CMT. State Representative of Tennessee, Justin Jones, condemned the song as promoting “racist violence,” and fellow country star Sheryl Crow expressed her disapproval on Twitter.

The View hosts didn’t hold back in discussing the contentious song. Whoopi Goldberg questioned the imagery and pro-gun messaging combined with potentially racist undertones in the video, stating that the song seemed to portray people from the Black Lives Matter movement negatively, despite their efforts to protect their communities.

Alyssa Farah Griffin attempted to give Aldean the benefit of the doubt, suggesting that he may not have intended to stoke division, but she likened the song to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot in a small town in the South for no apparent reason.

Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar both expressed their issues with the song’s alleged meanings. Hostin shared her personal connection to the struggles her parents faced as an interracial couple growing up in a small town. Behar described the song as “deplorable.”

After reading Aldean’s denial statement on Twitter, where he refuted allegations that the music video was “pro-lynching,” Goldberg called him out again, expressing skepticism over his claims.

During his performance at Cincinnati’s Riverbend Center, Aldean addressed “cancel culture” following his denial statement on social media. The controversy surrounding the song has sparked conversations about race and the need for acknowledgment and understanding of the existing issues in the country.

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