What’s left to say about Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s Internet-riling track, “Accidental Racist”? If you somehow have avoided social media in the last 24-hours, the track—which appears on Paisley’s just-released album, Wheelhouse—is a Southerner’s take on modern-day, “accidental” racism. That is—explaining that a Confederate flag-printed Lynyrd Skynyrd shirt is only meant to show he’s a fan of the band, and none of that deep-rooted, nasty other stuff that might immediately come to mind.
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s some racial tension here and there,” Paisley said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “It kinda deals with that, and I felt like when we were writing this song, but it wasn’t up to the media, or Hollywood or talk radio to handle that. I think it’s music’s turn to handle that.” In response, DeGeneres prompts what we’ve all been wondering: “So, you’re basically saying…”
“I don’t know,” Paisley responded. “We’re sort of asking the question as a proud southerner, and he as a black New Yorker, one of my favorite lines in the song, he says ‘I think the relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin’.’”
While the intentions seem good, “Accidental Racist” left many bewildered with its execution with lines like “We’re still picking up the pieces, walking over eggshells, fighting over yesterday, and caught between southern pride and southern blame” or LL dropping his verse immediately with “Dear Mr. White Man.” We’d post a link to the song, but the audio and video keeps getting removed from the Internet.
Below, we’ve collected some of our favorite tweets reacting to the song below. Feel free to comment with your own take on the song below.