Brad Paisley Hits The Talk Show Circuit to Defend “Accidental Racist” (VIDEO)





Country crooner Brad Paisley is catching a lot of flack for one particular song on his latest CD, Wheelhouse. In "Accidental Racist", Paisley and duet partner LL Cool J tackle racial tensions between a white Southerner and a black man from the North. Didn't In The Heat of the Night (the movie and TV show) already take care of this subject?

 Here's a snippet of the song's lyrics:

I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the south land tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be.
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done. It ain’t like you and me can rewrite history.
Our generation didn’t start this nation. We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday.
Caught between southern pride and southern blame.


Paisley has taken to the daytime talk show circuit to explain the track, which has everyone debating heatedly. Personally, I think this is exactly what the late Dr. Martin Luther King foretold. We've finally reached the day when all of God's children, black men and white men, can team up to make a really awful song. Watch Paisley's appearances on Ellen and Good Morning America after the jump! 
 

 





26 Responses

  1. Avatar of alstonboy4315
    alstonboy4315

    This song is one of the reasons I despair…….

    LL Cool J is clearly trying to use it to pimp out his new album, but this kind of tomfoolery is NOT the way to go about it.

    I listened to it and it’s horrid.

  2. Avatar of IheartGH
    IheartGH

    WOW! Really Scout? Brad Paisley is NOT an idiot. He is a singer/songwriter with loads of talent. The problem with America is you attack the person and not the message.

  3. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    So, people can’t even have a discussion (even though it’s by song) about racism? This is one of the reasons nothing will ever be solved. Some people don’t even want to try to understand.

  4. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    I haven’t heard the song yet, but the feedback from my husband is that he appreciates the effort..and even thinks it is a good idea. The song itself just sucks though.

  5. Avatar of stoney07
    stoney07

    I’m just tired of the whole thing. For me, I just find the whole situation idiotic.

    You like to wear t-shirts with the confederate flag on it. KNOWING full well what it means to millions of people. Regardless as to how YOU may look at it, it offends people, so why wear it, much less make a song about it? NOt saying this Brad Paisley guy is a racist…I don’t know him. Never even HEARD of him until all this crap. However, I think the song is dumb…both HIS part and LL’s part.

    You’re an idiot for wearing an offensive t-shirt.
    And you’re an idiot for wearing sagging pants knowing what people think about THAT as well.

    So yeah…together, they make a nice looking couple of idiots. And the song….meh, I didn’t even listen to the whole thing, so maybe I missed the point and relevance of it all…

  6. Avatar of J Bernard Jones
    J Bernard Jones

    Gord, to clarify my position: it’s simply a wretched song period, with lyrics that are so ridiculous as to be nearly offensive themselves. I’m sure Paisley is sincere, and his heart is in the right place, though. I can’t fault him for his intentions….(although the road to hell and all that jazz…LOL)…

  7. Avatar of david46208
    david46208

    He’s taking too much time to explain it…lol But i’m not too concerned about it.

    Though I will say this could be explored on Y&R. Have Phyllis say something about Leslie’s hair and let the fur fly.

    I don’t think anyone will get what I meant by that… haha!
    —-

    Two plus darling! Two plus!

  8. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    [quote=stoney07]I’m just tired of the whole thing. For me, I just find the whole situation idiotic.
    You like to wear t-shirts with the confederate flag on it. KNOWING full well what it means to millions of people. Regardless as to how YOU may look at it, it offends people, so why wear it, much less make a song about it? NOt saying this Brad Paisley guy is a racist…I don’t know him. Never even HEARD of him until all this crap. However, I think the song is dumb…both HIS part and LL’s part.
    [/quote]

    It is not a popular opinion, but I appreciate dialouge like this. The confederate flag instills fear in my heart whenever I see it. I am in Texas and I see it often. However, I am learning that the confederate flag represents a symbol of pride within the south. Just like it is a part of my heritage in a negative way, it is a part of their heritage in a positive way. I think sensitivity needs to come from both sides. Just because they are proud of the flag, doesn’t mean that they are racist and will kill me in my sleep. Just because I am proud to be black, doesn’t mean that I hate white people. I don’t know if we are ready for the conversation. I don’t know if I am ready, to be honest.

  9. Avatar of logan_echolls
    logan_echolls

    I’ve been living in Texas for 3 years and that flag scared the crap out of me when I lived in the North. Since I’ve lived in the South, I have noticed that the flag represents pride but they still have to see that the flag represents a past that is horrid. Also what people have to realize is that that past is only about 45-50 years ago!!!!!! Jim Crow only been outlawed just a couple of years ago!

    Anyhoo, the song is stupid but like what was mentioned, their heart was in the right place.

  10. Avatar of stoney07
    stoney07

    Are those lyrics in the song? I honestly didn’t even bother to listen to the entire thing or read the lyrics…but I hope those aren’t the lyrics.

    So…basically, if you overlook the fact that I wear gold chains, I will overlook the fact that we were victims or horrid racism in the south and were CHAINED together like property instead of humans?

    That’s another discussion for another day. The song is just stupid. It’s not a matter of racism at this point..it’s a matter of intelligence.

  11. Avatar of Scout
    Scout

    [quote=IheartGH]WOW! Really Scout? Brad Paisley is NOT an idiot. He is a singer/songwriter with loads of talent.[/quote]

    Okay, then Brad Paisley sucks. So does his crap music. A songwriter with loads of talent does not come up with this load of dung. Oh, and his fans suck, too.

  12. Avatar of thecourt99
    thecourt99

    [quote=J Bernard Jones]“If you forget my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.”
    Yea.
    That’s all it takes.[/quote]

    I still haven’t heard the song…but ugh. Talk about poor execution.

  13. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    I haven’t heard the song but do you think that maybe in his mind that lyric is about two people accepting each other as they are today? Im not suggesting that a slave should forgive and forget when it comes to the guy that enslaved him but two people in this generation are neither the slave nor the enslaver. Maybe they are trying to say don’t judge me by my outward appearance or assume that gold bling makes me ghetto and I wont judge you by what your ancestors did generations ago. Its not artfully said by any stretch but I guess I want to assume they wrote it coming from a place of good intentions. And lets face it there are lots of people that suffer from that kind of racist tendency – not a pure or even conscious racism but assuming someone is some way solely by outward stuff – gender, ethnicity, skin color sexuality or even basic appearance that unintentionally taints their perceptions. I know someone that says the WORST things imaginable and yet she would tell you she HATES no one. When I heard the words accidental racists that’s what my mind went to – she doesn’t think she hates but she doesn’t see that prejudging is a form of hatred in and of itself.

  14. Avatar of Scout
    Scout

    [quote=EricasEvilTwin]I know someone that says the WORST things imaginable and yet she would tell you she HATES no one. When I heard the words accidental racists that’s what my mind went to – she doesn’t think she hates but she doesn’t see that prejudging is a form of hatred in and of itself.[/quote]

    I’m not sure that is a human quality that needs to be celebrated in song — even in a horribly bad country ditty.

  15. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    As I said I haven’t heard the song in its entirety so I don’t know if it “celebrates” that quality or was meant to encourage dialog about hidden prejudice so that people grow some awareness to the problem. Im only talking about that one line, but then again, I always start from a place where im assuming good intentions until of course someone proves me wrong. Im not defending the lyric so much as im saying im going to give paisley the benefit of the doubt with respect to his motivations and meaning. Being a bigot is pretty much one of the most horrible things someone can be called so I think we better be darn sure that someone IS in fact a bigot before we suggest that they are.

  16. Avatar of EricasEvilTwin
    EricasEvilTwin

    As I said I haven’t heard the song in its entirety so I don’t know if it “celebrates” that quality or was meant to encourage dialog about hidden prejudice so that people grow some awareness to the problem. Im only talking about that one line, but then again, I always start from a place where im assuming good intentions until of course someone proves me wrong. Im not defending the lyric so much as im saying im going to give paisley the benefit of the doubt with respect to his motivations and meaning. Being a bigot is pretty much one of the most horrible things someone can be called so I think we better be darn sure that someone IS in fact a bigot before we suggest that they are.

  17. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    Setting aside that it’s not a good song, (let’s face it, most “message” anthems aren’t very good…We Are The World sucked, too), I don’t see anything wrong with trying to start a conversation that might find some common ground on this contentious topic. Paisley is trying to say that–to him and many people in the south–the Confederate flag has nothing to do with the racial divide, while LL Cool J points out that from his perspective, it has everything to do with it. I don’t think minds on either side will ever be changed, but it wouldn’t hurt to try to find a little understanding on both sides. I’m not naive enough to think the racial problem in America will ever be solved, but it can change in small ways, and every move forward is a step in the right direction.

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