In a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, comedian and host Joe Rogan took a stand against the outrage surrounding country singer Jason Aldean’s song, ‘Try That in a Small Town.’ Rogan, together with author Gad Saad, discussed the criticism directed at Aldean’s song, pointing out the double standard in the music industry.
While Rogan acknowledged that the song may not be the greatest ever written, he questioned the excessive backlash it received, considering there are countless rap songs with far more explicit and controversial content that often go unscathed. He also highlighted the enjoyment many find in these songs, even though they may be more provocative.
‘The level of outrage coming from people upset about that song is so strange when there are hundreds of rap songs out there that are infinitely worse and also enjoyable,’ Rogan expressed.
The song, released in May, quickly climbed to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and garnered over 19 million views on YouTube. However, it also faced criticism for its lyrical content and for including clips from a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in the music video.
Rogan further questioned the focus on the ‘racial aspect’ of the song, suggesting that the real ANTIFA problems during the BLM protests involved a significant number of white individuals. He emphasized that the lyrics themselves do not contain any racial content.
The song’s lyrics have been the subject of backlash, with lines such as ‘Cuss out a cop, spit in his face / Stomp on the flag and light it up / Yeah, ya think you’re tough / Well, try that in a small town / See how far ya make it down the road’ drawing attention. Despite the criticism, Aldean has stood by his song, emphasizing his pride in being an American and expressing his love for his country and family.
The music video, initially containing clips from a Fox 5 Atlanta report on violent protests during a BLM demonstration, has since been edited, removing controversial footage.
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