I Can’t Even Handle the Wild Inappropriateness of that ‘Accidental Racist’ Song
STOP IT, Brad Paisley! STOP IT, LL Cool J. Just STOP.
Maybe it’s because as a gay man, even a white gay man, I know a thing or three about persecution. Or because I’ve spent most of my life in Philadelphia and New Orleans, cities with black majorities. But I’ve never been indifferent to the difference between a do-rag and a Confederate Flag.
Got me saying no, no, no, no, no. When you sayin’…
Nope. Not cool. No way. No how. No.
And LL, whyyyyyy? Why would you rap about gold chains in the same breath as Sherman’s March to the Sea? Why would you equate do-rags – a piece of black culture and fashion that became popular largely in part because of pressure from white business owners to chemically relax or alter black hair – with the goddamn Southern Cross – the rallying symbol for those who wished to buy and sell black people as property?! NOT THE SAME.
A customer at Booty’s Street Food this morning overheard Nick, Laurence and I discussing the track, and she offered up that she had heard it, it was truly awful, but that she imagined Paisley intended well, but executed the concept offensively. Agreed.
What do YOU think of Accidental Racist?