What happens when you call a country-rap song ‘Accidental Racist’
Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Tue, Apr 09 2013 02:37:18
Calling a song “Accidental Racist” is sure get anyone’s attention — no matter the genre. So when country legend Brad Paisley released the country-rap song in collaboration with rapper LL Cool J, it got people talking.
What are you doing Brad Paisley? Did you honestly think a song called "Accidental Racist" would be a good idea?Brandon Haschke
As for the song itself:
LL Cool J on Brad Paisley’s "Accidental Racist:" "If you don’t judge my du-rag, I won’t judge your red flag." http://cmplx.it/Zi7P06Complex Music
Well, that’s it guys. We solved racism. grantland.com/blog/hollywood…sclv
"@Wildaboutmusic: Couldn’t be more proud of @BradPaisley & @llcoolj. Always. #AccidentalRacist http://pic.twitter.com/VPfnMpeNOH" Me too Sir. :-)Lillie Pawluk
Upon hearing the lyrics, many folks on Twitter let the duo know how much they disapproved of the song.
LL Cool J’s 16 bars on that "Accidental Racist" record are the equivalent of Mary J Blige’s Crispy Chicken commercial…..Charlamagne Tha God
If you want to let go of the past & move forward maybe it’s best to leave the confederate flag in the past too. #accidentalracistamanda p
.@petridishes just about sums up, in one image, why #AccidentalRacist was an absolutely horrible idea. pic.twitter.com/tGOzQJijCDRyan Heisinger
I like Brad Paisley. I like LL Cool J. Kind of wish I could Eternal Sunshine this song from memory. http://www.grantland.com/blog/hollywood-prospectus/post/_/id/73481/the-road-to-accidental-racist-is-paved-with-ll-cool-j-and-brad-paisleys-good-intentionsJames Poniewozik
I just listened to this "Accidental Racist" and I’m kinda speechless. Its like watching a car being driven off a cliffBrooklyn Finn
#music #society Not only is ‘Accidental Racist’ quite racist, it’s also incredibly dumb. Confederate flag tees and gold chains, really?Rahul Agarwal
The Internet Doesn’t Like LL Cool J AndLL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” – theblackinformant.com/entertainment/… pic.twitter.com/Wh3o9csowxBlack Informant
In the Oral History of Twitter Days, if Te’o Day gets a full page, Accidental Racist Day is pushing toward a full paragraph.Rembert Browne
"Accidental Racist is a great song!" – nobody ever.Nicolay
I liked "Accidental Racist" better when it was an Oscar-winning movie named "Crash."Tantra Dad
To take pressure off of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, I’m releasing my new single "Totally on Purpose Racist." #balancerestoredPatton Oswalt
While most of the response was negative, there were a few who enjoyed the song and its message.
Everybody been talking about the song with Brad Paisley and LL Cool J called "Accidental Racist". I like the song and it has a great messageKimberly Thompson
I will have to say the song "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley & ll Cool J is a great song. I don’t care what anybody says. So much truth.Brandon Campbell
@BradPaisley I can’t believe people are saying that don’t get "accidental racist". It’s a great song, thanks for touching on this issue.Andy
Brad Paisley, meanwhile, embraced the criticism and discussion surrounding the song.
Cool. It’s fun to get ya’ll’s take on this. Bring it. RT @mrBobbyBones: http://tmblr.co/ZvCTKyiFTjpDBrad Paisley
“Accidental Racist” will be on his new album “Wheelhouse” set to hit stores today.