Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past 24 hours, you’ve heard the hoopla surrounding Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s collaboration “Accidental Racists.”
The song title is provocative, that’s for sure. What does it mean though? What exactly is an accidental racist?
Paisley sat down with Ellen to discuss his new album and she of course asked him about the song.
“I don’t know if any of you noticed, but there is some racial tension, here and there,” he said. “It kind of deals with that and I felt like when we were writing this song it wasn’t necessarily up to the media. I don’t really trust sort of, I guess, Hollywood … or sort of talk radio or anything like that to deal with that anymore. I think it’s music’s turn to have the conversation.”
Ellen, confused as probably we were with that, followed up, “You’re basically saying…” to which Paisley said “I don’t know.”
Right. We don’t know either.
He later went on to say “One of my favorite lines in the song is ‘I think the relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixing.’ Leave it to a rapper to put it so simply and so beautifully.”
So, no one really knows what is going on with this song. Not even Paisley, himself.
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