Edited Jason Aldean music video to exclude Black Lives Matter imagery In the revised version of Jason Aldean’s music video, certain images related to the Black Lives Matter movement have been removed, while keeping the essence of the original video intact. This edit aims to present a version that focuses solely on the artist’s performance and storytelling, without any specific references to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jason Aldean music video edited to remove Black Lives Matter images
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The music video for Jason Aldean’s hit song “Try That in a Small Town” has been edited to remove images of a Black Lives Matter demonstration. Critics accused the song of containing coded threats against Black people. The video is now six seconds shorter and no longer includes a news clip depicting violent confrontations during Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Portions of the clip appeared twice in the original video, projected onto the exterior wall of a Tennessee county courthouse where a Black teen was lynched in the 1920s. It is unclear when the video was edited, but changes have been made since last week when it received criticism for contrasting images of violent protests with lyrics about small-town values.

Despite the controversy, the song and video have become extremely popular, with over 18 million views on YouTube and reaching the No. 2 spot on a prominent Billboard chart. Aldean has defended the song in live performances, stating that it is a celebration of small-town virtues and has nothing to do with race. The video includes footage of the site where the lynching occurred, as well as clips depicting crime, violence, and riots in cities.

Country Music Television pulled the video from the air after three days following condemnation from NAACP officials, country singer Sheryl Crow, and social media critics. However, the song became the best-selling country song to debut on Billboard’s charts in over a decade. Conservative politicians, influencers, and other country stars have defended Aldean, stating that the lyrics do not reference race and that the video includes real news footage.

Aldean denies that the song is about race and believes that everyone is entitled to their opinion. He has received overwhelming support from fans and continues to perform the song at concerts. The production company behind the video, TackleBox, has not provided an explanation for the editing. Other changes were made to the video, including the removal of the Black Lives Matter clips and the exclusion of additional footage in the final 30 seconds.

It is unknown if Fox 5, the news outlet whose clips were removed, requested their removal from the video. Despite the controversy, the song’s popularity continues to grow, and it has received endorsements from former President Donald Trump.

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