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Brad Paisley, LL Cool J "Accidental Racist" Duet Criticized

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If the song was intended to get people talking, it's been a staggering success. 

But Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist," a duet with LL Cool J on his new albumWheelhouse, out Tuesday, is also hugely controversial. 

Styled as a conversation between a white Southerner and a black New Yorker, the song features the two singers having a charged debate about race – and features Paisley's character walking into a coffee shop wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag on it. 

"I don't know if any of you noticed, but there is some racial tension here and there," Paisley, 40, says in an interview airing Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I felt like when we were writing this song it wasn't necessarily up to the media … or talk radio or anything like that to deal with that anymore. I think it's music's turn to have the conversation." 

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  1. What does it take to get people talking about music that’s actually good?

  2. The actor and comedian Patton Oswalt wrote on Twitter: “I can’t wait for Brad Paisley & LL Cool J’s next single: ‘Whoopsy Daisy, Holocaust, My Bad.’ ”

    Right, because a Confederate flag is equal to a death camp. Remember this white people, when speaking of race relations you are only permitted (required) to say, “I apologize for what white people have done to minorities including what happened 100 years or more before I was born”.

  3. I dont think you have to apologize any anything other than being an asshole today…Stop committing the crime of thinking blacks want some sort of apology from you..But then again let me speak for myself… the only thing I want from whites is to stay they fuck out of my way…I don’t want or need a handout…true dialog on race in America will never happen…the framework for the conversation is fucked up from jump street

    1. ummm…I guess you missed the sarcasm.

  4. I don’t think anybody who listens to this entire song has to apologize or feel guilty of being white ever again
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