UPDATE: Brad Paisley addressed the controversial track "Accidental Racist" on The Ellen Degeneres Show Tuesday, confessing that even he's confused by the LL Cool J collabo's meaning. When asked about the song's ultimate message, Paisley replied, "I don't know!" He said that listeners needed to make up their own minds, adding that "it wasn't up to the media, Hollywood or talk radio to deal with [racial tension] anymore. It's music's turn to have that conversation." Watch the explanation above.
If you were anywhere near a computer Tuesday, you probably heard of "Accidental Racist," the new collaboration between country star Brad Paisley and LL Cool J that tried to heal the country's divisive and contentious issues on race relations, only to be roundly condemned and laughed at by everyone (including, admittedly, us). The vitriol and mockery was damn near universal; if there was a Metacritic for songs, this would get 0.
The singer took to Twitter to tell the world that he "wouldn't change a thing" about his terrible, terrible song that likely set race relations back a decade. After retweeting a message from Ronald Reagan's son about not listening to naysayers, Paisley addressed fans and curious onlookers:
So,as you buy this album,I hope it triggers emotions. I hope you feel joy,heartache,triumph,surprise; you laugh,cry,nudge someone beside you— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 9, 2013
...I hope the album rocks you,soothes you,raises questions,answers,evokes feelings, all the way through until Officially Alive— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 9, 2013
'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— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 9, 2013
I admittedly haven't heard the whole album yet. But "Accidental Racist," at least, is actually the easiest of easy listening; a song so clearly misguided and awkward, it only takes one listen to realize that LL Cool J forgiving slavery as long as you "don't judge my gold chains" is an earnest, yet weird, request.
In an interview with Good Morning America, Paisley said that on his new album, "we decided not to respect boundaries" and "[LL and I] really tackle a delicate subject and I think we do it really well."
Glad someone does.
Brad Paisley featuring LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist"