Wow, what a shock. Honest race discussion causes backlash.

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Paisley, LL Cool J Stand by 'Accidental Racist'
By ABC News | ABC News Blogs – 20 minutes ago



It only took a few hours for a six-minute song about race to spark a backlash after its release Monday.

The song by the unlikely duo of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist," was slammed by music critics and fans alike for its attempt at a dialogue on race between two men from starkly different backgrounds with lyrics like "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."

The country singer, 40, and his rapper counterpart, 45, say the national debate sparked by their song, released on Paisley's new album, "Wheelhouse," is exactly what they wanted to happen.

"I'm not really sure we're going to find any answers but it was the idea that we were asking the question," Paisley said in an exclusive interview with his duet partner that aired today on " Good Morning America."

"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.


"I'm not advising anyone to truly forget slavery, but what I'm saying is forget the slavery mentality," LL Cool J said. "Forget the bitterness. Don't get bitter, get better."

Critics have been especially harsh on specific lines in the song like LL Cool J's singing "let bygones be bygones," and Paisley singing that white Americans are "still paying for mistakes that a bunch of folks made before we came."

"Some people take exception to some of the lyrics [and] I respect that," LL Cool J said. "I'm sensitive to that."

Paisley, for one, found out about the controversy from LL Cool J, who alerted him to the backlash after the video, in which LL Cool J plays a barista, was released on YouTube Monday.

"I got a call from this guy saying, 'Have you seen anything?'" Paisley said, adding that LL Cool J went on to tell him to look at Twitter. "I was like, 'No, I don't want to look at it.'"

Despite the backlash, the two stars, who will sing together again on LL Cool J's next album, to be released later this month, say they are proud of the song and the discussion it is creating.

"Let's not be victims of things that happened so long ago," Paisley said. "In the end, I felt like what we had on tape was something that people needed to hear."

LL Cool J said, "At the same time, let's respect it. But then after we respect it, let's also open our hearts up so we can move forward."

ABC News' Lesley Messer contributed to this report.
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...idental-racist-124126727--abc-news-music.html
 

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The song is really douchey, but it is 1,000 times more honest than any other race-related art in this country.
 

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"I'm not advising anyone to truly forget slavery, but what I'm saying is forget the slavery mentality," LL Cool J said. "Forget the bitterness. Don't get bitter, get better."
This alone makes LL a pariah.
 

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Forget honesty in talk about race, lets have some honest talk about how truly awful that "song" is.
 

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Forget honesty in talk about race, lets have some honest talk about how truly awful that "song" is.
It's a red-hot coat-hanger wire being shoved deep into your cock hole awful.
 

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Forget honesty in talk about race, lets have some honest talk about how truly awful that "song" is.
It's a mix of the two worst genres of music ever created. It was doomed from the start. (I've never heard the song)
 

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I think the song succeeded in that Paisley's white fans hate him more than LL Cool J for making that song, and LL's black fan(s) hate him more than Paisley.
 

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It's a mix of the two worst genres of music ever created. It was doomed from the start. (I've never heard the song)
It certainly makes the Tim McGraw/Nelly song sound like a masterpiece.
 

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It certainly makes the Tim McGraw/Nelly song sound like a masterpiece.
To be fair that song wasnt the pile of shit Brad and LL put out. Tim just sang the hook and bridge to a Nelly song, its not great but its not even in the same ballpark.
 

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To be fair that song wasnt the pile of shit Brad and LL put out. Tim just sang the hook and bridge to a Nelly song, its not great but its not even in the same ballpark.
Oh I know... it was just a generic song and while they wanted to capitalize on the novelty being a country/rap "duet", they weren't trying to send any stupid fucking message. They just wanted what every country and rap singer wants these days... to have their song downloaded by 14 year old girls.
 

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I like country and I like rap but those two things should never be mixed together.... I love how the are like "yeah we really said something with our shitty little song"... People aren't outraged because of the message, they are outraged because the song is fucking dog shit.
 

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It certainly makes the Tim McGraw/Nelly song sound like a masterpiece.
"Over and Over Again" is "Hey, Jude" compared to that Bradley Cool J abomination. The message is fine. It's the presentation that sucks. This is why hillbillies shouldn't aspire to anything higher than ticks and tractors.
 

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The message is SHIT.

Brad Paisley wants me to believe he wore a Confederate flag shirt in public?

How about...

No.

I can't even buy that for a dollar.

The first portion of the song, the setup to the trenchant and passionate discussion of North/South and Black/White relations (lies)
centers around Brad Paisley wearing a Confederate flag t shirt in a Starbucks, seeing a 40 year old black man and feeling awkward.

http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/brad_paisley/accidental_racist.html

To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand
When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I'm a Skynyrd fan
The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south
And I just walked him right in the room
Just a proud rebel son with an 'ol can of worms
Lookin' like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

Is it just me, or did the temperature in the room just drop 50 degrees? And if you think those lyrics are douche-chilling, you'll
need long johns and a winter coat to listen to this dogshit.

I'm just a white man
(If you don't judge my do-rag)
Comin' to you from the southland
(I won't judge your red flag)
Tryin' to understand what it's like not to be
I'm proud of where I'm from
(If you don't judge my gold chains)
But not everything we've done
(I'll forget the iron chains)
It ain't like you and me can re-write history
(Can't re-write history baby)

Oh, Dixieland
(The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin')
I hope you understand what this is all about
(Quite frankly I'm a black Yankee but I've been thinkin' about this lately)
I'm a son of the new south
(The past is the past, you feel me)
And I just want to make things right
(Let bygones be bygones)
Where all that's left is southern pride
(RIP Robert E. Lee but I've gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/b/brad_paisley/
 

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At least it didn't have LL Cool J stealing a country classic line and cooning it up.

"And if you all don't enjoy that you can kiss my heiney (am I doing it right, baby?)"
 

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The first portion of the song, the setup to the trenchant and passionate discussion of North/South and Black/White relations (lies)
centers around Brad Paisley wearing a Confederate flag t shirt in a Starbucks, seeing a 40 year old black man and feeling awkward.
Don't rebel flag shirts burst into flames when they enter a Starbucks?
 

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It's a mix of the two worst genres of music ever created. It was doomed from the start. (I've never heard the song)

The song is probably one of the worst most contrived pieces of shit songs that attempt to have a deep emotional meaning, ever.

That song is so fucking bad... and the premise of wearing a confederate flag shirt into a starbucks because he's a Skynard fan and wondering why it is offending black people is retarded. Flat out, fucking retarded.

 

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This song has to be serious because I don't think either of these guys is talented enough to make a parody this brilliant.
 

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This song has to be serious because I don't think either of these guys is talented enough to make a parody this brilliant.
Paisley isn't. He peaked with "Mud on the Tires" in the early 2000s, and that song wasn't exactly a work of art.
 

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Is this song about a guy getting anal sex from his wife because he got a new Chevy?