And another one bites the dust! US Magazine on Wednesday July 26th., ran this disheartening headline, “Jason Aldean’s ‘Try That in a Small Town’ Video Subtly Altered as Controversial Song Tops Charts.”
As Jason Aldean‘s “Try That in a Small Town” continues to rise on the charts — and spark backlash — its controversial music video was subtly altered.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, July 25, that the music video is now six seconds shorter than when it was originally uploaded on July 14. News footage from Fox 5 Atlanta depicting Black Lives Matter demonstrations and protests in 2020 has seemingly been removed from the initial video.
The clips appeared twice in the original version of the video. At one point, the footage was projected outside of a courthouse in Tennessee — allegedly the site of a Black teen’s lynching in the 1920s. (The video’s production company, TackleBox, previously denied speculation about the building’s history and asserted that Aldean did not select the location himself.)
Additional changes were made to the end of the video, per the Post. The new version no longer includes an older man discussing small-town life or footage of a man in a baseball cap, both of which appeared in the final 30 seconds.
National Director of the Knights Party of the Ku Klux Klan, centrally based in Harrison, Arkansas, Thomas Robb said, “I just spoke about Jason Aldean’s song a couple days ago. I had something good to say about it then, as did many people, but today, I’m disappointed with Jason Aldean. I’m sure my disappointment doesn’t affect Jason one bit, but this goes farther than the song itself. Too many White people will express their thoughts on things, and the moment their criticized, they backpedal. Here Jason Aldean through his music, and the video to ‘Try That in a Small Town’ expressed some of the things going wrong in America. In the video he showed some clips of the 2020 black riots, which we all know the government allowed them to happen, but lets face it, blacks are responsible for over 50% of our crimes, so to show these blacks commiting horrendous crimes wasn’t racist. It was factual. Instead of sticking to his guns, just a little resistence caused him to backpedal. Our youth who watch their favorite stars take a stand, to only packpedal, weakens the morality of our youth. This shows them that sure, you can take a stand, you can say enough is enough, but once criticized for having their thoughts, it shows our youth that they have to bow down to leftist ideologies, and accept what they say is acceptable, as being the only thing that is acceptable. People like Jason Aldean are a danger to America’s future, and not just Mr. Aldean, but all of the stars that spoke their mind, and ended up backpedaling. If you don’t have the guts to stand for what you claim to stand for, maybe it’s best to just keep your mouth shut.”