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The song was released in May by the American country musician, who stated it was written as an homage to the "feeling of a community"

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A music video for the Jason Aldean song "Try That in a Small Town," which was shot near a lynching site,

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This songhas been taken down by Country Music Television after complaints that its lyrics and message are insensitive.

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State Representative Justin Jones of Tennessee, a Democrat, condemned the song on Twitter,

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Describing it as a “heinous song calling for racist violence” that promoted “a shameful vision of gun extremism and vigilantism.”

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CMT acknowledged via email on Tuesday that it had stopped airing the video on Monday,

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but it provided no other details. Billboard was the first to break the news.

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Announcing that he had been accused of "releasing a pro-lynching song" and being "not too pleased" with the 2020 Black Lives Matter marches, Aldean defended himself on Twitter.

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He declared, "These references are not only worthless, but also harmful."

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"While I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music, this one goes too far," the critic said of the song.

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"There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it, and there is not a single video clip that isn't real news footage."