Brad Paisley and friend, rapper LL COOL J released a song called “Accidental Racist,” which raised more than a few eyebrows.
In Paisley’s “Accidental Racist,” the country singer tries to explain his affinity for Confederate flag apparel to a black man, claiming he’s no racist and he wants to put America’s brutal past behind him.
Lyrics include: “If you don’t judge my do-rag … I won’t judge your red flag” and “If you don’t judge my gold chains … I’ll forget the iron chains.”
Both LL and Brad stand by the song.
Brad Paisley said that he “wouldn’t change a thing” about his new record Wheelhouse in a string of tweets in which he added, “This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like Life.” “So, as you buy this album, I hope it triggers emotions,” Paisleywrote. “I hope you feel joy, heartache, triumph, surprise; you laugh, cry, nudge someone beside you . . . I hope this album rocks you, soothes you, raises questions, answers, evokes feelings, all the way through.”
“Martin Luther King says that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can,” LL Cool J said. “Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can. So what we’re talking about is compassion.”
“Accidental Racist” focuses specifically on how northerners like LL Cool J, who grew up in New York City, view Southerners, like Paisley, a native of West Virginia, and vice versa.
The ladies of The View discuss Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s song “Accidental Racist.”