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CMT Pulls Jason Aldean ‘Try That in a Small Town’ Music Video

CMT has pulled the recently released music video for Jason Aldean’s new single “Try That In a Small Town,” which aggressively attacks recent riots and rising lawlessness in the United States.

The video has since received 346,000 views on YouTube and features Aldean performing in front of a courthouse amid interspersed footage of “a flag burning, protesters screaming and attacking police in various scenarios, and robbing a convenience store,” according to Billboard.

Later in the video, a Fox News chyron appears with the words “state of emergency declared in Georgia.” Aldean’s video juxtaposes these violent images with more harmonious scenes like a girl playing hopscotch and a raised American flag. Critics of the song took issue with several lyrics wherein Aldean calls out criminals and rioters directly. Per Billboard:

Written by Kelly Lovelace, Neil Thrasher, Tully Kennedy and Kurt Michael Allison, the song is an often confrontational take, with lyrics challenging those who “carjack an old lady at a red light” or “pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store” or “cuss out a cop” to try that in a small town and “see how far ya make it down the road/ around here, we take care of our own.”

In a later verse, Aldean, who was on stage when the worst gun massacre in U.S. history took place at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, 2017, sings, “Got a gun that my granddad gave me/ They say one day they’re gonna round up/ Well, that sh-t might fly in the city/ Good luck.”

Aldean addressed the controversy over his song after CMT removed it from circulation on Tuesday in a lengthy message on his Instagram Stories.

  • Rosie A says:

    Unbelievable. I listened to the song and it’s not bad. Jason Aldean has a right to express himself just like anyone else. Today’s rap music vilified cops and degrades women. You don’t hear anything about that. And you hardly hear the media howl over Sam Smith’s vile video. And Aldean”s video and song hit number one on the charts. And sadly another company to boycott CMT. The left doesn’t want to see or hear the truth anymore

  • Doronthy says:

    what about some of the Rap songs that have done things like taking out police and doing harm to people and homes, and destroying property, nothing has been done about that music.

  • Adorable Deplorable says:

    The only people upset are the ones guilty of committing crimes against innocent people. Then they do the only thing they know how to do… scream racist. If protecting myself, my family and people in my community is racist… So Be It!

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