Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

“Accidental Racist” Causes Controversy

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On Monday, April 8, 2013, Brad Paisley released his new single “Accidental Racist.” Featuring guest performer LL Cool J, the song talks about the issue of racism. In the song, Paisley takes on the role of a white Southerner while LL Cool J acts as an African-American from the North. The song addresses the issues of slavery and racism in the past and how they still connect to present day.

While to me it sounded like people should be praising this song for trying to break down barriers, ever since the song’s release the news media has been attacking this song for how misguided it is. Some have said that racism is a sensitive topic that needs to be talked about carefully, not in a country music song.

I heard a lot about how bad this song was and how releasing this song was a mistake, but I can’t quite tell what the issue is. I had no problem at all finding videos of people talking about the song, but I couldn’t even find the video for the actual song. From what I have heard of the song so far, it seems as if Paisley was actually trying to portray a positive message. It talks about how we should not judge others simply by their appearance. It probably could have been handled a better way, but at least it gets people thinking about the issue. At least, hopefully it does. Paisley wanted to people to think about how in our “modern” society, racism is still such a big issue. Instead of talking about why this is still around, people are just focusing on how this song shouldn’t have been released. I just hope with all of the publicity this song is getting, maybe people that wouldn’t usually listen to country music will listen to this song and think about this issue that we still have to deal with every day.


Written by yolandacruz93

April 10, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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  1. Great post, Yolanda. I agree with you. I listened to the song, and I thought — they seem to be trying to do some good. Sometimes, it seems that whatever people do, they get criticized. Thanks for sharing this.


    April 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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