Jason Aldean’s new song, “Try That In a Small Town,” is both rocketing to top of the charts as conservative Americans finally find a song they can agree with and getting treated like public enemy number 1 by the left and music establishment, furious as they are that the song expresses conservative “wrong think” rather than support for the current woke pieties.
But even as the usual suspects rage and rage about the song, fans of Aldean stood by him and the song’s message when asked about their stance. Such messages of support came before an Aldean concert at which Fox News interviewed attendees, asking what they thought about the situtation.
One Aldean fan, speaking to Fox News about the situation, said that the message of standing up for your people and community is an important one, saying, “I think [Aldean’s] talking about being an American and loving our country and being free and protecting the community that you grew up in and the people that you love.”
Another fan, interviewed by Fox News as well, ripped cancel culture instead of the song. According to that fan, cancel culture is a far worse problem and threat to the America we know and love than the song. “What I’m actually sick of is the woke left’s canceling of everything. The song is just the next step in that process that’s going on and it’s terrible. It’s changing the country that we lived in,” said that fan.
Another fan used the term made famous by Nixon during the cultural conflagration of the 70s and resurrected by Trump when he fought on behalf of normal people against the elite and criminals – “the silent majority.” Speaking about that group of patriotic and ordinary Americans, the Aldean concert-goer said, “The silent majority, in my opinion, is way stronger than the people that are upset with the song.”
Still another took a more simplistic stance on the situation and cancel culture, saying, “Everyone’s sensitive nowadays. Everyone takes everything so personal. It’s just so dumb.”
And while many blasted critics of the song and cancel culture, others came out swinging in support of it, praising its virtues rather than just attacking its enemies. One fan, for example, said that people from small towns love it and the lyrics are great if listened to, despite what the haters say.
In that fan’s words: “We’re all from a small town and we like the song. We didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. We thought it was awesome. I think that people that are all up in arms about [the song] haven’t actually watched the video, they haven’t actually listened to the lyrics. People are projecting. People are projecting what they think into something about a small town. You know what, if you’ve ever lived in a small town, you know we take care of our own. Period.”
Aldean, for his part, demolished the criticism in a statement, saying, in part, “There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music – this one goes too far.“
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