Daily Wire presenter Matt Walsh has gained significant attention online for criticizing those on the political left who simultaneously praise rap music with "violent" themes, yet express outrage over Jason Aldean's latest track, "Try That in a Small Town."
Released in May, Aldean's song recently stirred controversy, as some on the left have labeled it as "racist" and supportive of "lynching."
Walsh tweeted it was “hilarious to hear the media accuse Jason Aldean of writing a song that ‘promotes violence’ when nearly every rap song for the past 30 years has directly and enthusiastically glorified murder, drug dealing, robbery and every other violent crime, and these people say nothing.”
Hilarious to hear the media accuse Jason Aldean of writing a song that "promotes violence" when nearly every rap song for the past 30 years has directly and enthusiastically glorified murder, drug dealing, robbery and every other violent crime, and these people say nothing
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 19, 2023
At the time this was written, the tweet had been viewed over 3.1 million times and was still increasing in reach. Walsh added to this online momentum by posting a subsequent tweet which stated, “One of the top rap videos on YouTube is called ‘Robberies’ by King Von and it’s all about him robbing and killing people.”
One of the top rap videos on YouTube is called "Robberies" by King Von and it's all about him robbing and killing people. The rapper was recently killed in a gang shooting. Before his death he was implicated in multiple murders and other crimes. But Jason Aldean is the problem.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 19, 2023
“The rapper was recently killed in a gang shooting. Before his death, he was implicated in multiple murders and other crimes. But Jason Aldean is the problem,” Walsh sarcastically added.
Leftists Who Celebrate Violent Rap Music Suddenly Offended By ‘Violent’ Country Song pic.twitter.com/DbUJ6AHtPJ
— The Matt Walsh Show (@MattWalshShow) July 19, 2023
Walsh played the initial line of Aldean's song, which involves carjacking an elderly woman at a stoplight, and proceeded to provide an analysis of these lyrics, stating that they are “warning that if they behave this way in a small town, they won’t make it down the road, because, as he says, folks in small towns take care of their own and don’t put up with that kind of nonsense.”
The host pointed out that the controversy led Country Music Television (CMT) to remove Aldean's latest music video. In response, the country music star issued a statement refuting the racism accusations as being "meritless" and "dangerous."
“In your typical rap song, violence is advocated against anybody and everybody, not for the sake of defending yourself or your community, but for the sake of profit or selling,” said Walsh. “Settling a score with someone from a rival gang or proving how tough you are, etc. You know, if a rap song mentions carjacking people at red lights or pulling guns on liquor store owners it’ll be because the artist is bragging about doing those things.”
“Aldean condemns those crimes,” he continued. “Rap artists explicitly promote and glorify them…So why does Aldean get held to a standard that is never applied to the most popular rap artists in the world?”
“Well, because Aldean is white, number one and conservative and he sings country music,” Walsh stated. “I mean, that’s the whole reason…They accuse him of racism, but it’s their own racism, their anti-whiteism. Actually, several forms of racism at play here, given all the assumptions that they’re making, again, about black people by taking his lyrics as racial. That’s what’s driving this and their political bigotries as well.”
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