Brad Paisley Responds to "Accidental Racist" Controversy

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J2Metal

I think its a shame that he addressed something that is important and obviously meant something to him and he is being criticized for even talking about it. It may not have been the most elegant way of putting it but at the heart of the song is acceptance for what happened in the past and trying to understand one another and look past our differences and move on. We should never forget the past but we should also not let it define our present and how we look at others. Yes the "Confederate flag" (which interestingly enough isn't the actual flag of the Confederate States of America, but the northern Virginia battle flag. It was later made a PART of the confederate flag, but was never the national flag). Everyone is dwelling on this flag on the shirt stuff, but if you actually try and understand the lyrics is about symbols and how they can have different meaning to different people, with unintentional results. I dont know if that flag should be black listed. I can't answer that. Its not my job to say. I used to have a Pantera shirt with a confederate flag on it and truthfully i never even thought about anything other than that it was a Pantera shirt with cool art. But i can try to understand why others might see it as a symbol beyond what i intended it to be. Either way Paisley is a monster on guitar! Trying to learn his style is addictive!

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box of dope

really got people talking,so much that they didnt notice that some could understand the things that werent said. you can pretty much see the people for who they are, bullies, racists or the better out of all of us.

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musicallity

being from north of the masson dixon most people i know that brandish the stars n bars as a symbol of rebellion not racism. can't beleave i'm talkin country, sorry new country, on this site!

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ardiril

Paisley sure got a lot of people who don't listen to country to listen to his song.

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Terranaut_X

Paisley can play but he's a dumb as a hoe handle if he thought the Confederate flag is or was a symbol of "southern pride". I had a very short run at that until it become the emblem of an American disgrace. Dummies who display mostly in-bred back-woods half-wits who walk around with a stupid chip on their shoulder flipping real patriots the finger. The southern states "think" they left the Union but honest Abe and hundreds of thousands of boys in blue game them the hell they deserved. The "rebel yell" is one of a damn loser who belongs in hell with traitors. If you don't know this, perhaps we'll call it an accident that you embarrassed yourself by wearing the symbol of a disgraceful chapter of American history. Too bad their are still too many Americans of all locales building private fortunes on slave labor performed in other countries.

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thf24

I think racism, while still present in the United States, is much less of an issue than the media and certain interest groups make it out to be. However, despite being a southerner, I believe that the vast majority of people who display a Confederate flag alone with no context harbor at least a small amount of racist sentiment, whether they're aware of it or not. But calling someone a racist for wearing an Alabama or Lynyrd Skynyrd shirt is asinine.

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DaveDawg

Y'all really need to get over yourselves.

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guitarladd

If you're flying a Confederate flag in your front lawn, which I have seen a few times here in rural Texas, I would say that makes you a racist. Wearing a Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt, you might not have even noticed. I wonder if Johnny Van Zandt still hangs a Confederate flag on his mike stand when he does Sweet Home Alabama.

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nomadh

The anti racist racist backlash is one of Americas latest and greatest challenges. Racism, Real Racism, is a truly ignorant and horrible thing. I suspect it must still be out there but when I see things like wearing an Alabama t shirt called racist. That tells people one big thing. There is no more racism to fight anywhere or the people saying it are so mind numbingly stupid that their ability to speak must be a miracle. When ever any one takes something innocent and sees racism in it I understand that they frame everything in race terms. That they are in fact a full on raciest. And I will at that point call them that. And if they persist in trying to bully me or someone I see I will make it abundantly clear to them and any others near by.
Raceism was on life support for over 30 years now and the only reason its come back so strong is an agenda by liars, thugs, fools and race pimps.
Now I gotta go hear this song.
Way to go Brad trying to tackle the 3rd rail of society.

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lesmesa

i believe the whole moral is don't judge a book by it's cover....

whatever genre you like its the same question or situation......

being a metal guy from the 80's brads playing is fucking phenomenal compared to most/////

cheers

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box of dope

so, calling someone a racist is racist. kinda backwards thinking.

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krshnakrunch

You obviously missed the point. Here's a tip - don't waste your time criticizing anything more complicated than Hop on Pop.

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zappa73

I love Brad's take on this. I'm a Hard Rock fan first, but his response is incredibly smart and mature.

I'll have to listen to this song - he may have earned a new fan.

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StonewallBrigade

There are so many idiots in this country that think everything is somehow racist.

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metalriffs

I suspect you're a white guy who has never experienced racial discrimination or had vile hateful racist words spewed at you that made you feel like a subhuman animal. Just a guess from your comment.

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musicallity

I have seen racism at it's worst first hand and offten directed toward me as a white guy trying to make his way home after work as i had to walk through the progects. the only truly racist people i've met are black, or asian. It goes both ways. Only one of us would be jailed for hate crimes when fists start flyin. As a general rule people,as a whole, are ignorent. And I believe actions like that are part of a baser instinct to avoid anything that is different to protect you and yours. however, metalriffs, assuming a persons race baced on there views or expiriences seems to be the main topic of discution here. hope i made you think. ...ur asian rnt u?

kenbesold

This is America, we are entitled to our opinions. As long as it doesn't physically harm someone then it's ok in my book. We need to remember but not forget. A few years ago you wouldn't have country and hip hop together.

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MetalUpYourA55

Maybe Brad Paisley should stop being a little bitch. Dimebag had a Confederate flag ON HIS GUITAR and wasn't a racist...

kenbesold

Brad wasn't the one who said it was racist. The media did.

thisdyingsoul76

that's exactly right - the media called him a racist because of the content of the song... and other people have suggested in the past that ANY display of the confederate flag was considered racist. I've actually seen comments in this very magazine painting Dimebag as a racist because of his display of the confederate flag.

While it might not be the intent of people who display the confederate flag to promote racism or brand themselves as a racist, people need to remember that a major part (but not the only part) of the reason for the Civil War was the South wanted to have the right to have slaves while Lincon wanted to abolish slavery ...something that is quite ironic considering America has always prided itself on being "the land of the free".

The confederate flag is a tainted symbol. While not as old it is much like the swastika... The swastika has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. It was once a symbol of good fortune... then the Nazis adopted it as their symbol and it is forever associated with their atrocities. The confederate flag was the symbol of the south and is now still regarded by many as nothing more. Unfortunately many also associate it with the south's racist past but no longer view it as the symbol of a region as it was originally intended.

Whether you are a racist yourself or not, you have to keep in mind the confederate flag is regarded by many as more than just a symbol of a region... it's also about what that region fought against during the American Civil War... slavery may not have been the only thing, but it was the big issue back then.

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