Brad Paisley Answers “Accidental Racist” Criticism
He’s always had a way with words, and Brad Paisley has definitely struck a nerve with the lyrics to one of his brand new songs.
“Accidental Racist” from Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse features LL Cool J and deals with the ongoing conversation between black and white America.
However, some critics have labeled the song as everything from irrelevant to offensive, and Brad gave an interview with Ellen DeGeneres to defend himself.
He explained, "I don't know if any of you noticed, but there is some racial tension here and there. I felt like when we were writing this song it wasn't necessarily up to the media … or talk radio or anything like that to deal with that anymore. I think it's music's turn to have the conversation."
Paisley also told Entertainment Weekly, "I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way. I don't know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step, and we're asking the question in a big way."
"How do I show my Southern pride? What is offensive to you? And he kind of replies, and his summation is really that whole 'Let's bygones be bygones' and 'If you don't judge my do rag, I won't judge your red flag.' We don't solve anything, but it's two guys that believe in who they are and where they're from very honestly having a conversation and trying to reconcile."