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by Yvette Carnell
Rapper and actor LL Cool J took some time out Thursday to sit down with The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno to discuss the controversy surrounding his collaboration with country singer Brad Paisley on the song ‘Accidental Racist’. While he admitted that the song wasn’t perfect, he said he had only the best of intentions:
“I, in no way, would ever compare the history of the confederate flag — which, you know, when you think about the r@pes, the tortures, the murder, the lynching, all of the things associated with the confederate flag — with the do-rag,” he explained . “However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin, and you think about some of the things that happened in society based on clothing, when you put it in its proper context, it makes sense.”
The web tore into both LL Cool J and Brad Paisley the moment the song ‘Accidental Racist’ was released.
The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates wondered whether LL was the wrong rapper for such a collaboration:
In an artform distinguished by a critical mass concerned with racism, LL’s work is distinguished by its lack of concern. Which is fine. “Pink Cookies” is dope. “Booming System” is dope. “I s**t Ya” is dope. I even rock that “Who Do You Love” joint. But I wouldn’t call up Talib Kweli to record a song about gang violence in L.A., and I wouldn’t call up KRS-ONE to drop a verse on a love ballad. The only real reason to call up LL is that he is black and thus must have something insightful to say about the Confederate Flag.
Meanwhile, the folks over at Cracked listed the 10 Most Racist Moments from a Song About Ending Racism, noting the following:
…Brad Paisley went with the word “blame” because, at the end of the day, he’s the real victim of slavery. An entire region of the country decided to rebel when the president said they couldn’t buy and sell black people anymore, made a flag to indicate that they were indeed on a different side from the rest of us on that issue, and, because of all that, poor Brad Paisley can’t wear that flag in front of “libs” without someone getting their panties in a wad.”
And Grantland writer Rembert Browne just dissected and mocked the entire song, concluding:
This song will have its intended purpose, bringing people together, only if people of all races band together to make fun of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J.
That’s how we get to a better tomorrow.
So if LL Cool J is trying to clean up this mess, he should hit up a few more late night talk shows this week. He’s in deep.