UPDATE: LL Might Be Regretting This One: The Internet Doesn’t Like “Accidental Racist”

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April 8, 2013 ‐ By
Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Maybe LL should stick with NCIS: Los Angeles.

Today we had the displeasure of being introduced to the “Accidental Racist,” a crossover song by country music’s Brad Paisley featuring LL Cool J. The song, available here, has lines like “RIP Robert E. Lee” and “If you don’t judge my do-rag, I won’t judge your red flag.” As I said to my colleague earlier today, it’s the worst thing since green Jell-O.

The Internet spent most of the day putting LL Cool J on the trending list, sharing their thoughts about the song. Most of them are a little something like this.

wonkette twitter

 

 

heidi moore twitter

 

ta nehisi tweet

 

Seriously, just click on “LL Cool J” and laugh along with the hate that’s being hurled at this terrible song. (Mashable has got a few too.)

Brad Paisley explained the reasoning behind the song to Entertainment Weekly. He says, in part, “This isn’t a stunt. This isn’t something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that. I knew it would be, but I’m sort of doing it in spite of that, really. I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago. I think that we’re going through an adolescence in America when it comes to race.”

LL, meanwhile, spoke with a reporter from The Grantland, Rembert Browne, back during SXSW. Browne says he never did anything with the interview, but with the release of this song, he decided to release a few bits. Among them, LL said at the time, with reference to whether he wanted to work with other artists but pull them out of their comfort zone, “Absolutely. I did that. You know what, it’s just coming from the heart. And with no fear. And being courageous.”

So, as Grantland says, the song has good intentions, but fails pretty badly. Interesting, LL Cool J is trending on Twitter, but Brad Paisley isn’t. Are you still an LL fan.

Update: We took a quick look around this morning and it appears the song has been pulled from YouTube and other parts of the Internet, though we did find it and embed it below, ICYMI.

Brad Paisley is sticking to his guns despite the online backlash. He posted three tweets this morning, one of which reads, “‘Cause I wouldn’t change a thing. This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball, ya’ll. love- brad”

His also used his Twitter feed to re-tweet a number of positive messages that he received about the song. And he included a link to a story in USA Today, published this morning, that discusses his career. I know I was unfamiliar with much of his career to this point, but it turns out that making songs that tackle tough topics with a country music twang is his thing.

“I’m not proud that people’s ancestors were beaten and held in ,” Paisley says in the article. “But I am sure as heck proud of the farm I live on and the Confederate soldier buried there. I don’t know whether we reached an answer, but it’s real interesting to hear LL say, let’s let bygones be bygones and the past is the past.”

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  • Linwood Rose

    LL and Brad came from the heart. It was misguided but at least it’s getting people talking about a serious issue. Also, check out the song “I live for you” on LL’s new album. It features Brad Paisley and steers away from anything controversial. It’s a genuinely dope song.

  • Guest360

    I’m sorry but you deserve the criticism hurled at you if you wear a confederate flag and then sing about how there’s nothing wrong with it. Know your history. You can pretty it up all you want but it still doesn’t change the meaning of what it represents. And shame on LL for supporting this crap. How dare you disrespect your ancestors this way but supporting this man’s ignorance? I love Brad Paisley but that’s exactly what he is: ignorant to what he’s doing and saying but wearing this flag.

  • clove8canela

    I didn’t even think this was really real until I heard LL’s part. I just don’t understand why he did this. Smh…