Brad Paisley-LL Cool J song "Accidental Racist" stirs up controversy
CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Music Writer
5:57 AM, Apr 10, 2013
9:25 AM, Apr 10, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brad Paisley's collaboration with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist" has accidentally kicked up some controversy.
The song about racial perception has drawn ire from both the country and urban music worlds after its wide release. (Watch video below or click here: ( http://youtu.be/4pJZrQiO3ls )
Paisley's publicist says he isn't giving interviews about the song. But he briefly addressed the debate Monday night on Twitter when he reposted a blog entry and noted the debate is "Cool." He also told fans his new album, "Wheelhouse," out this week, "is meant to be FAR from easy listening."
LL Cool J's publicist did not immediately respond to messages.
At its heart, the song is about how cultural symbols favored by whites and blacks — the fashion choice of wearing Confederate flags or baggy pants, for instance — come loaded with meaning.