“Video removed by user” doesn’t bode well for Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s new song, ‘Accidental Racist.’ The tune has been received pretty (and when we say pretty, we mean really) badly by pretty much everyone.
Not surprising, especially considering Paisley wears a shirt bearing the Confederate flag and claiming that he is "caught between Southern pride and Southern blame." And then there are the lyrics. "I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the Southland / Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be / I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done / And it ain’t like you and me can rewrite history," Paisley sings. "Our generation didn’t start this nation / We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday." Of course, Paisley is claiming that he’s not racist in this song, and considers his heart to be in the right place. "This isn't a stunt. This isn't something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that," he told Entertainment Weekly today. "I knew it would be, but I'm sort of doing it in spite of that, really."
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We’d love for you to be able to view/listen to the song right here, but the removal makes that difficult. But here’s LL Cool J’s part for your delectation. "Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood / What the world is really like when you’re livin’ in the hood / Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good / You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would / Now my chains are gold but I’m still misunderstood." Somehow, ‘Accidental Racist,” which is supposed to be ‘not racist,’ is in fact, ‘a little bit racist’.