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In Focus

I’m not a country music fan. I’m more of a rock/metal listener. Sure, there are a few country songs I like, but it’s not my go to for music.

Every once in a while I will hear a country song pop up on the pop music stations and patiently wait for it to play and be over or switch to a song in my CD player.

As I was scrolling through my social media feed, everyone was talking about a country song that was either greatly offending people or people were confused why others thought it was offending. So, curiosity got the best of me and I looked up the song.

Needless to say, I’m confused why some people are offended by this song or music video?

The song itself doesn’t say anything about racism or really hurting anyone. It’s just about small towns protecting their own. At least that’s what I think. The video shows news clips of protests and clashes with police, but it had every race, and none were specifically targeted...which further confuses me.

People are in such an uproar over what they think this song is about and want Jason Aldean cancelled, but other artists can make songs about killing cops, slapping around women and that’s okay?

Have they ever heard of David Allan Coe? His two underground albums are profoundly misoganisic, homophobic and racist. They are so bad I can’t even tell you the lyrics. Yet, he hasn’t been “cancelled.”

Another is N.W.A and their hit “F*&$ The Police.” Let’s not forget Eminem and some of his women bashing lyrics. This list can go on and on.

The point is, I think people are trying to make something out of nothing. Maybe they were triggered by seeing the new footage of the protests? I can’t get over how people are becoming more and more sensitive and artists are afraid to express themselves without receiving severe backlash.

All the hype is just driving up the sales for the song.

Anyway, that is my two cents on the topic. I’m going back to listening to my music...“Now this looks like a job for me, So everybody, just follow me, ‘Cause we need a little controversy, ‘Cause it feels so empty without me....”

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