The song calls out rioting and looting in big cities while also taking a strong stance against gun control. And the video for the song features clips of riots and looting from around the world while Aldean sings in front of the Maury County courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee.
But many online have accused the outspoken country singer of featuring racist lyrics and imagery in both the song and video, with the outcry leading CMT to pull the video from their rotation. And still others cried foul on a pro-gun anthem coming from the headliner of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, after Aldean was on stage when the massacre broke out in Las Vegas in 2017.
Others argued in support of the song, claiming that it speaks to the reality of the America we live in today (the opinion of the song and video really just seems to depend which side of the political spectrum you fall on).
With that being said, the controversy followed Aldean to one of his concerts in Chicago this past Saturday.
According to Fox News,a group of communist revolutionaries (AKA, bozos) were seen burning American flags outside the concert.
The protestors represented RevCom (Revolutionary Communist Party), which is hoping to bring about a Marxist revolution here in America. Their website basically sums up their beliefs as such:
“We declare and demand the existing capitalist-imperialist system and institutions of government in this country must be abolished and dismantled—and replaced by a new, socialist system based on the constitution for the new Socialist Republic in North America.”
Yeah, so that’s what we’re dealing with here…
They gathered outside of Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois, which is a suburb of Chicago.
The group continued to burn American flags and chant things like:
“No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.”
As well as:
“Jason Aldean’s country hit is a pile of fascist sh*t.”
Eventually, Tinley Park police broke up the group and forced them to disperse, declaring:
“An unlawful assembly which has alarmed and disturbed others. You are disturbing the public peace without the authority of law.
Continuing to participate in this assembly with result in your arrest… we are ordering you to immediately disperse. Failure to comply will result in chemical and/or less lethal munitions being deployed.”
Weird times we’re living in, man… weird times.
2024 gonna be a fun one…
Of course, here is the video that prompted the wave of backlash, the same video that was removed from the music video rotation by CMT.