Country singer Jason Aldean has incited uproar with his new song and video, Try That in a Small Town, which features images of people rioting, burning American flags, and beating police officers.
Aldean has now made another contentious claim in an effort to associate his song with the Boston Marathon Bombings. At his concert on Saturday night at the Mansfield Xfinity Centre, he explained to the audience how the Boston Marathon bombings aligned with his song.
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Aldean claimed that the concertgoers in Boston are his kindred souls. Additionally, he asserted that because they had firsthand knowledge of the brutality he was alluding to, which is why they would comprehend the meaning of the song’s lyrics. Additionally, he noted that the people of Boston stood up for their city by chanting the phrase ‘Boston Strong’.
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Country Music Television (CMT) announced about two weeks ago that it will no longer broadcast Try That In a Small Town in response to criticism that the Jason Aldean music video had lyrics that glorified gun violence and expressed conventionally racist beliefs. They took this measure before the ‘Boycott CMT’ trend intensified.
The music video, which was shot in front of the Tennessee courthouse where a Black man was murdered by a mob in 1927, and the song’s “very scary lyrics” have drawn backlash.
The song was initially released in May, but it has recently been rising in the charts across a number of platforms. In an effort to build anticipation for an upcoming album release, Jason Aldean posted a video promoting this song on social media on July 14.
Aldean sings about the gun his grandfather gave him and expresses his desire to keep it. He says, “They say one day they’re gonna round up/Well, that s*** might fly in the city, good luck.”
The lyrics continue: “See how far ya make it down the road/Around here, we take care of our own/You cross that line, it won’t take long/ For you to find out, I recommend you don’t/Try that in a small town.”