Jason Aldean Addresses the ‘Bulls—t’ of Lyrics Backlash

After his music “Strive That in a Small City” sparked lyrical backlash for allegedly condemning gun management and racial equality, Jason Aldean is clarifying his stance.

“It’s been a long-ass week and I’ve seen numerous stuff suggesting I’m this, suggesting I’m that,” Aldean, 46, mentioned in the course of his Cincinnati, Ohio, live performance, on Friday, July 21, per social media footage. “I really feel, like, all people’s entitled to their opinions. You possibly can suppose one thing all you wish to however doesn’t imply it’s true.”

The nation crooner added: “What I’m is a proud American [and] I’m proud to be from right here. I really like our nation. I wish to see it restored to what it as soon as was earlier than all this bulls—t began occurring to us. I really like my nation, I really like my household and I’ll do something to guard that, I can let you know that proper now.”

Aldean was shortly met by widespread cheers from concertgoers on the Riverbend Music Heart, who even began a “USA” chant.

The “Massive Inexperienced Tractor” singer has just lately been beneath hearth for the lyrics in his new single “Strive That in a Small City.”

“Cuss out a cop, spit in his face / Stomp on the flag and lightweight it up / Yeah, ya suppose you’re powerful,” Aldean croons in a single verse. “Nicely, strive that in a small city / See how far ya make it down the street / Round right here, we deal with our personal / You cross that line, it gained’t take lengthy / So that you can discover out, I like to recommend you don’t.”

Many social media customers and celebrities alike criticized the tune for supposedly selling anti-gun management laws and racial inequity. Aldean has since denied the allegations.

“Up to now 24 hours, I’ve been accused of releasing a pro-lynching music (a music that has been out since Might) and was topic to the comparability that I (direct quote) was not too happy with the nationwide BLM protests. These references should not solely meritless, however harmful,” Aldean wrote through Twitter on Tuesday, July 18. “There’s not a single lyric within the music that references race or factors to it —and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t actual information footage — and whereas I can try to respect others to have their very own interpretation of a music with music — this one goes too far.”

Aldean — who has been supported by his spouse, Brittany Aldean, amid the controversy — additional defined that the music was meant to symbolize the “feeling of a neighborhood” that he skilled whereas rising up in Georgia “the place we took care of our neighbors, no matter variations of background or perception.”