All contents © 2021 The Slate Group LLC. LL set the record straight about his intentions behind the song. The Republican took-on a stereotypical Asian accent and … Brad Paisley hopes something good will come from all of the controversy surround his new song "Accidental Racist.". And while “Accidental Racist” has attracted plenty of condemnation, at the same time at least a few fans have expressed appreciation and admiration for tackling a tough subject matter. LL Cool J addressed the controversy that erupted over his new song with Brad Paisley, "Accidental Racist. Or just the fact that it's just one of those things is difficult to do. This is the most important interview -- -- -- to -- Because of the song that we create. President Donald Trump's lawyer kept up the racist banter in podcast footage his team accidentally posted. “Accidental Racist.” The title of the new Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration alone is enough to signal “proceed with caution” for discerning first-time listeners. ","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/Nightline","id":"18929095","title":"Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Stand by 'Accidental Racist' Song","url":"/Nightline/video/brad-paisley-ll-cool-stand-accidental-racist-song-18929095"}. Open -- -- up so that we can move forward. The country crooner has twice performed for the Obamas at the White House, and he wrote an anthem of sorts for President Obama, “Welcome to the Future,” after his election in 2008. Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Defend 'Accidental Racist': Full Interview More Country star and rapper discuss the meaning behind their recent duet that caused controversy. But for LL cool. Don't get bitter get better beyond teaming up to trying to heal racial tensions. Last month, Philadelphia magazine published a piece by Robert Huber about “Being White in Philly.” “We need to bridge the conversational divide,” Huber wrote, “so that there are no longer two private dialogues in Philadelphia—white people talking to other whites, and black people to blacks—but a city in which it is OK to speak openly about race.” Like Paisley and Cool J, Huber presented himself as brave for taking on the topic. This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate. And while “Accidental Racist” has attracted plenty of condemnation, at the same time at least a few fans have expressed appreciation and admiration for tackling a tough subject matter. Hear what Rapper LL Cool J thinks about his collaboration with Brad Paisley and their new song "Accidental Racist." White Man” to understand that, while his chains are gold and his pants are sagging, that doesn’t mean he’s a hoodlum. The tune -- ostensibly about fostering … Most notably, Alan Scherstuhl, writing for the Village Voice, argues that “smart progressives” who dismiss the song fail to see how brave it is for both Paisley and Cool J to engage Paisley’s fans on this subject. Music delving into these sensitive territory of race. Paisley is sorry because he’s “just a proud rebel son, with an old can of worms.” This notion, that the Southern past makes many white Americans victims of circumstance, is returned to throughout the song. Racism—in schools, in the court room, in the hiring process, and elsewhere—still exists, and shouldn’t be dismissed as black people failing to get over something that happened “a hundred-fifty  years” ago. Country music star and rapper address backlash from their new co-written song. It should not be necessary to point out that the horrors of slavery are not on the same plane as the sartorial choices of some black males. All rights reserved. Chains, sagging pants, cowboy hats, red flags: To Paisley and Cool J, the social meaning of fashion plays an out-sized role in racial misunderstandings. In his defense of “Accidental Racist,” Scherstuhl imagines millions of country fans soaking the song in, and gradually becoming more tolerant of black people. “Accidental Racist.” The title of the new Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration alone is enough to signal “proceed with caution” for discerning first-time listeners. In the song, Paisley says we’re “fightin’ over yesterday … siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years.” Thus he jumps from Reconstruction to the present, as though Jim Crow never happened, as though overt racist don’t happen anymore, as though, in 2013, there aren’t still high school students trying to integrate their prom. Turn on desktop notifications for breaking news? WSJ's John Jurgensen reports. No -- back and mom mom. Over thirty years since Paul McCartney Stevie Wonder recorded ebony and -- -- -- poignant commentary on racial integration intolerance. But then after we respect it let's also. In it, Giuliani can be heard using a stereotypical fake Chinese accent and seen mimicking a bow. We're talking about the"oh, I didn't even know I thought that way" type of accident, not the "I totally didn't know that was your last Reese's cup" type of accident. Explore things that I wasn't sure it would if if they they had never been explore because it doesn't work or. You can listen to the song here, with lyrics here. Or the mass appeal of Michael Jackson's mega hit black or white. VIDEO: 'SNL': 'Accidental Racist' Eliminates Discrimination. www.cc.com/video-clips/2sml1x/the-colbert-report--accidental-racist--song The song, called “ Usually has a way of tackling subjects with with some wit and some charm and in this is a slightly more earnest approach which which might have been why it didn't didn't work better. Country singer Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J have teamed up for a song called "Accidental Racist" - and it's sparking an internet backlash. Rudy Giuliani mocked Asian people in a racist video that appeared to have been uploaded to his YouTube channel by mistake. {"duration":"3:00","description":"Country music star and rapper address backlash from their new co-written song. More baffling than Paisley’s well-intended ignorance, though, is the involvement of Cool J, who usually comes off as a likeable and competent hip-hop veteran. Photo: Getty Images. Watch LL Cool J Talks On Lyrics In "Accidental Racist" - it's the latest video from LL Cool J, having dropped on Friday, April 12th, 2013. Check out LL Cool J Talks "Accidental Racist" Video, the latest video from LL Cool J, released on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. Yes I'm country black artist finding success in the largely white world of country music dates back decades. Was something that people need to hear. This, of course, is an incredibly superficial—and, ultimately, even dismissive—attitude to take toward racism. Brad Paisley’s questionable new country-rap song with LL Cool J is raising eyebrows. But the -- still strikes a chord. Some people take exception to some of the lyrics -- respect that I'm sensitive to that but in the end I felt like what we had on tape. In “Camouflage,” Paisley sings about his sympathy for those who find “the stars and bars” offensive, arguing that there are other ways “to show your Southern pride.”. But still the issue of race remains an unwavering lightning rod especially when confronted as bluntly. “Accidental Racist.” The title of the new Brad Paisley-LL Cool J collaboration alone is enough to signal “proceed with caution” for discerning first-time listeners. And the song, with its qualified defense of the Confederate flag and its improbable Lost Cause logic offered up by a hip-hop legend, bear out those fears in rather stunning—if ridiculous—fashion. A way to reach both the massive hip hop and country audiences these are both genres where people in that genre wave the flag and they like -- -- yes I'm hip hop. Hear what Rapper LL Cool J thinks about his collaboration with Brad Paisley and their new song "Accidental Racist." Less than 24 hours after the, shall we say, misguided Brad Paisley and LL Cool J song "Accidental Racist" went viral, YouTube videos featuring the song appear to have been taken down — but it might not be YouTube doing the pulling, exactly. Apparently it is. Like the song. It may also be a savvy business strategy. … Partly for that reason, after the initial round of predictable online mockery, some have risen to defend the song. Those words, in that order, read immediately like a cop out, an attempt to side-step responsibility for prejudiced thoughts or actual racist behavior. Me. The song’s heart is, as Scherstuhl says, “in the right place,” but that doesn’t mean we should give a prejudiced person a pat on the back for trying and send them on their way. Sure, the sin of American slavery is in the past, but racism neither begins nor ends with that practice. ABC's rob Nelson. The now-deleted racist video was allegedly accidentally posted by his staffers. Country music star Brad Paisley has teamed up with LL Cool J on a song about racism, the lyrics of which have ignited controversy. Who was even parity country music and his own work. 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