Is Brad Paisley's song Accidental Racist racist
“Accidental racist” is to the shame of others
Since its release on the evening of April 8, 2013, the blogosphere has known almost only one topic: Brad Paisley's new song “Accidental Racist” from the brand new album “Wheelhouse”. Or: the grotesque horror of that song. "Here's Brad Paisley's Horrible New Song" is the headline of the women's magazine "The Hairpin". "The new song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J will make you feel so ashamed of yourself," says the Huffington Post. “Accidental Racist is a real and horrible song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J”, the renowned blog “Gawker” apologizes.
Laugh or howl?
The audience on Twitter is also astonished and distraught: «I just heard the 'Accidental Racist' song. I wish I hadn't. " Or: «Possibly the worst song ever. What's that supposed to mean? " Or: "I don't even know whether to laugh or howl." Or: «'Accidental Racist' brought white and black people together - to pound together on the song 'Accidental Racist'."
Paisley and LL Cool J just wanted to do good. The song begins with paisley pondering how he is looked at in a Starbucks store wearing a Southern flag t-shirt. He does not want to express his approval for slavery, but his love for the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Oh, the poor, misunderstood guy!
The chorus is tough too:
I'm just a white man coming to you from the Southland Trying to understand what it’s like not to be I’m proud of where I’m from But not everything we’ve done ... It's just stupid that paisley comes from West Virginia, the state that was founded by the 41 counties of the state of Virginia that did not want to side with the southern states. So his Mea Culpa is somewhat relative. Item. In any case, the song purrs on in this sense until LL Cool J performs his rap interlude:
Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood What the world is really like when you’re living in the hood Just because my pants are saggin ’doesn’t mean I’m up to no good ...
Chain against chain
Well, it is by no means the case that the message from «Accidental Racist» is condemnable. The song is meant well through and through. Rather, it is the sultry do-gooder pathos, combined with ridiculous metaphors and parables, that offend the audience: "If you don't judge my gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains," raps LL Cool J. Ouch.
They quickly reacted to the universal slippage and took the song off the network as widely as possible. Meanwhile, Brad Paisley was interviewed on Entertainment Weekly to clarify a few things. He and LL just wanted to start a discussion, Brad said. They do not claim to know the answers to the questions. Starting a discussion has undoubtedly been a success. Only the subject is not the criticized racism, but the poor songwriting.
(L'essentiel Online/ obi)
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