Some people are very offended by the new song, “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley with guest singing/rapping by LL Cool J. Why are they offended? Well, they say the song is actually racist (Gawker), or they say that it misses the point of race identity and racism (Slate). People are horrified! Why would LL Cool J ever be a part of a collaboration this racist in nature with a self-proclaimed Southern White Man? (GASP!)
Newsflash! My naïve, easily offended, just-crawled-out-of-a-hole friends, this type of “offensive” language has been going on in music for a long, long time. Have you ever listened to rap? Are all the songs complimentary of young women? Where is the outrage? Seriously. Where is the flipping outrage on the way that women are portrayed in rap songs every…single…day? Why have we not heard this kind of backlash after every single album that rhymes of women in a degrading way? I’m asking for an answer.
The Internet is all up in arms over a song that is more of a history narrative with a little commentary and wardrobe mentions when offensive music is produced and sold every day without so much as a blink of an eye.
Does a man not have a right to say that he enjoys wearing the Confederate flag without someone judging him and calling him a racist? Answer that. Does a woman have a right to wear a short skirt and look sexy without being called a slut or a whore or “easy”? Does she?
If people are collectively calling this song actually racist as opposed to accidental, I would like to hear more outrage over some of the actual sexism that goes on in the music industry, as opposed to the “accidental” sexism as in when a man is (singing) telling a woman that her worth is wrapped up in how well she can “please” him sexually.
To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in the site Jezebel for flagging this song as the Worst Song Ever. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not running out to buy the album (or running to my computer to download it); I’m not a country-music fan, really. However, why crucify the man for singing about his love for a heritage; a history, not slavery, but a regional admiration? Again, I’m not saying that the song is a great work of musical art and we should all shower Paisley with awards and accolades, I’m simply saying: Give the man a break, Internet. And to Jezebel– Sweetie, you can find a more horrible song than this one, I’m sure. How about all the songs that objectify women and call them by their body parts instead of their names? Just a thought…