Joe Rogan slammed critics of Country singer Jason Aldean's controversial song 'Try That in a Small Town,' claiming 'there are hundreds of rap son
On Wednesday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the comedian sat down with author Gad Saad and discussed the outrage surrounding the song released by Aldean, 46, earlier this month.
‘The level of outrage, now I’m not saying that that’s the greatest song in the world’s ever known, you know,’ Rogan said.
‘But the level of outrage coming from people that are upset about that song is so strange when there are hundreds of rap songs out there that are infinitely worse and also enjoyable,’ he added.
The song, which was released in May, has surged to the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 19 million views on YouTube. It has since faced criticism over the lyrical content and for interlacing clips of a BLM protests.
On Wednesday’s episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan sat down with author Gad Saad and discussed the outrage surrounding the song released by Aldean, 46, earlier this month
The song, which was released in May, has surged to the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 19 million views on YouTube. It has since faced criticism over the lyrical content and for interlacing clips of a BLM protest in the video
‘And we’re not even talking about old stuff. There’s new stuff too. There’s hip hop, there’s wild rock songs. There’s a lot of wild shit. And to be focusing on that one, and it’s the racial aspect of it,’ he continued.
Rogan then honed in on the ‘racial aspect’ of the song that critiques have been pointing out.
‘It was crazy because like the real ANTIFA problems that were happening during the BLM, I think it was a lot of white people doing that, right? Wasn’t it? Rogan asked.
‘It was a lot of like, lost liberal whites who were very angry, who decided to take up this movement and smash things,’ he said.
‘So like, the racial aspect of it, there’s nothing racial about the lyrics.’
Aldean is pictured playing the Country Thunder Wisconsin music festival in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin on June 22
‘Misogynistic — violence. The whole thing,’ Saad said.
‘No complaints at all,’ Rogan said.
Aldean has faced criticism over the lyrical content and for interlacing clips of a BLM protest in the video since it was released.
The video has now been edited since being shared earlier this month, and is six seconds shorter than the original, the Washington Post first reported.
The song has received backlash for its lyrics, including:
‘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.’
‘Got a gun that my granddad gave me / They say one day they’re gonna round up / Well, that sh–might fly in the city, good luck.’
It remains unclear when the video was edited, but numerous notable changes have been made since its inception.
Aldean most recently doubled down on the song, and slammed what he labelled ‘the bulls***’ that he says has ruined America.
The music video cut clips taken from Fox 5 Atlanta, pictured here, shows violence breaking out during a BLM protest
A crowd comprised of For The People youth protestors gather at Nubian Square before the march on June 10, 2020 in Boston
Speaking at his show earlier this month in Cincinnati, Ohio, Aldean told the crowd: ‘I’ve seen a lot of stuff suggesting I am this, suggesting I am that.
‘Here’s the thing, I feel like everybody is entitled to their opinion you can think something all you want to, it doesn’t mean it is true.
‘What I am, is a proud American. I love our country, I want to see it restored to what it once was before all this bulls**t started happening to us.’
Much to the delight of the sold out crowd at the Riverbend Music Center in the city, he continued: ‘I love my country, I love my family and I will do anything I can to protect that.’
A demonstrator kicks a damaged police vehicle in Los Angeles on May 30, 2020 following a protest against the death of George Floyd
As Aldean finished, shouts of ‘USA! USA!’ erupt from the crowd as he triumphantly raises his hand on stage.
The music video was met with backlash among some who felt the lyrics were dog-whistles intended to offend, while others saw it as a commentary on America’s sharp divides.
The hit takes aim at woke activists for acting ‘a fool’, particularly condemning the series of BLM protests that sprung up across America following the police-killing of George Floyd in 2020.
He previously said the hit was inspired by the ‘unspoken rule’ of small towns of ‘we all have each other’s backs and we look out for each other.’
‘It feels like somewhere along the way, that sense of community and respect has gotten lost. Deep down we are all ready to get back to that,’ he added.
‘I hope my new music video helps y’all know that u are not alone in feeling that way.’
Since then, fellow country singers including the legendary Pat Boone have come forward in support of Aldean.