Country Music Controversy

I recently did a Podcast that focused on the apparent controversy concerning Tracy Chapman’s song “Fast Car.”

Again – well, maybe you don’t know this about me – I am not a country music guy. I have no problem with it, it is just not my music of choice. I am still and oldies, classic rock/hits and (shocker) something of a big band, “Rat Pack” music lover.

Luke Comb’s remade Fast Car and it has become a hit for the man. It seems not everyone is happy about it. Something called The Black Opry and those that really need to research actual history before it is butchered and destroyed for the sake of conformity, have expressed a hate for Combs’ version of the song.

In short, the Luke Comb’s controversy is not controversy at all. Just another example of how sad we have become as a nation because a few want EVERYTHING they consider offensive – which is a moving target enough as it is – and demand the rest of us intelligent beings give into the demand for change; history as they wish it was and want it to be.

So, now we have Jason Aldean. Again, a country music artist and, again, a pretty good one as I understand it. Keep in mind, it was Aldean on the stage in Las Vegas back in 2017 when the worst act of gun violence in out nation’s history took place.

He has a song out called “Try That in A Small Town” and a supporting video, and, it has some people’s panties in a bunch.

The song and video mentions/shows some of the ugliness of the 2020 riots, the ones some media reporters referred to as, “not really that violent.” Businesses were being burned, people attacked, while the perpetrators hid their identities behind black hoodies, masks and other coverings because, while they rejoiced in their criminal activity, they weren’t proud enough to be ID’d or held responsible for their crimes.
Aldean’s lyrics and video in this song also show a convenience store being robbed, flag burning, protesters dancing and celebrating like little children. But it also shows and mentions positive aspects of life that appear to irk the pro-hate, anti-freedom crowd.

“Try That in A Small Town” had been called a “Pro-Lynching” song. Some have shared criticism over the courthouse used as the backdrop of the video as it is where a black man is said to have been lynched in the 1920s. Respectfully, many lynchings took place in the 20’s, and the 30’s, and the 40’s and the 50’s, and not all were people of color. Some were sympathizers. Some were government folk, census takers and others. Some were thieves or thought to have been on a side of a law that went against the grain of their accusers. Again, know your whole history, not just the snippets that you think will further your attempt or net you some likes, clicks and shares.

I have watched the video, listened to the song. Granted, I am an older white guy but I have no offense beyond some of the video inserts causing me to recall the afore mentioned hate crimes perpetrated against innocent business owners and others who had no connection to the supposed cause of the riots and violence.

As if this weren’t enough, now CMT (Country Music Television) has pulled the song and video from its platform. Why? I have no follow-up the that one-word question. I simply need the answer to, “why?”

Because CMT – as others have – chose to give in to the wishes of the woke rather than support one of its own. I wonder when these business and industry leaders will learn, what you think represents the majority mindset is little more than a trap. Do you think all who were onboard with Bud Light were actually consumers of that product? Do you think all that were vehemently screaming about Target’s reaction to the PRIDE clothing decision actually shop there? And do you believe for one minute these people so catastrophically injured by Luke Combs’ remake of “Fast Car” or Jason Aldean’s “Try That in A Small Town” are actually country music connoisseurs? Let me absolutely clear here…the answer to each is NO! Well, maybe HELL NO is a bit more appropriate.

It is my humble opinion that, while I will implore my fellow man to keep history – as sad, exciting, painful and amazing as it is – intact, I will also encourage him or her (I don’t do pronouns) to not let anyone hijack your common sense and grasp on reality. We have managed to survive through history to this point. We must gird ourselves against those who would prefer to see us conquered and destroyed.
All this over a couple of country music songs. Heck, I may need to start listening!

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