Singer Sheryl Crow accuses Jason Aldean of ‘promoting violence’
Jason Aldean’s new music video for “Try That in a Small Town” was met with liberal backlash on Tuesday, with Sheryl Crow accusing him of “promoting violence.”
In a tweet tagged to Aldean, Crow ripped the song’s message and lectured the star, saying he should “know better” after surviving the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting.
A small town like mine is sick of violence. There’s nothing small-town or American about promoting violence. Anyone who has been a victim of a mass shooting knows that better than anyone else. This isn’t American or small town-like. It’s just lame,” she tweeted Tuesday.
In his tweet, Crow links to Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts’ criticism of his song’s lyrics.
The deadliest shooting at Covenant School in Tennessee prompted Crow and other Nashville artists to call for strengthened gun control laws.
There were mixed reactions to Crow’s tweet. Other figures on the left supported Crow’s tweet, while conservatives criticized it.
Former Mumford & Sons co-founder and banjoist Winston Marshall tweeted, “Aldean’s song does not promote violence. The video clearly criticizes the widespread violence of 2020.”
One Twitter user commented, “Now do that with rap songs to be consistent. Amazing to be against a song that is ANTI-CRIME.” One Twitter user mocked the singer by asking if her small town was “ok with carjacking.”
“We need to take care of one another, that’s the point,” said Maria Shriver, echoing the “Soak up the Sun” singer’s sentiments.
Over the weekend, liberal activists blasted Aldean’s new music video as racist and violent.
During the summer of 2020, Aldean touts how small towns wouldn’t tolerate riots and lawlessness like many cities nationwide did.