Jason Aldean tackles criticism head-on at concert over the weekend.
Jason Aldean has been facing some pretty harsh criticism following the release of his latest music video for “Try That In a Small Town,” and has been tackling it head-on.
Aldean released his new single, “Try That In a Small Town,” in May (2023). Following its initial release, he faced some backlash, but it was nothing compared to what he has been dealing with this week. The song takes a very obvious stand for gun rights, and discourages acts of violence against law enforcement.
He posted a statement on social media defending the video stating the accusations were “meritless” and “dangerous.”
In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous.…
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 18, 2023
Jason Aldean addressed the accusations live at his concert in Cincinnati Friday night (July 21).
“I gotta tell you guys…It’s been a long week,” Aldean stated. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff…suggesting I’m this, suggesting I’m that. Hey, here’s the thing. Here’s the thing. Here’s one thing I feel, I feel like everyone’s entitled to their opinion. You can think something all you want to, that doesn’t mean it’s true, right? So, what I am is a proud American.”
Jason continued, earning the applause of the rowdy crowd.
“I love our country, I want to see it restored to what it once was. I love my country, I love my family, and I will do anything to protect that. I can tell you that right now.”
The crowd went wild and burst into a “USA” chant.
“Here’s what I wanna say, one thing I saw this week was a bunch of country music fans that can see through a lot of the bulls***, alright? I saw country music fans rally like I’ve never seen before.”
Watch his response to the criticism in the video below.