“Motor City Madman” Ted Nugent is the latest star to weigh in on Jason Aldean’s controversial hit “Try That In A Small Town,” lambasting “idiots” who hate the song in an interview on Saturday.
“I know there are a lot of idiots out there, but you have to learn to have fun with idiots. Idiots hate that Jason Aldean song because they hate it when we push back on violence,” he told Fox News’ Jimmy Failla.
“They are always 180 degrees wrong. This song is against violence. The song is about self-defense. The song is about protecting your loved ones in your neighborhood. If you find fault with a song that celebrates protecting your loved ones, your neighborhood, you could walk down to the Target to the Satan display and get on your knees.
“They are just weird people. We fire them because they got out of control because they have no soul. I laugh in their face,” he added.
The rock legend is no stranger to controversy herself, clashing with liberals for years on hot-button issues like Second Amendment rights and free speech.
He has been called an “extremist” for his views.
It’s a badge he seems to wear with pride, albeit sarcastically, telling Failla that he represents “truth, logic and common sense” to the cancel culture crowd.
“I’ve always been a radical — really extreme — advocate for God, family, country, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, work ethics, law and order, all those really radical things, and that represents the hearts and souls of the best, most passionate, arrogant, funniest people in the world,” he said.
Aldean has also been criticized for his beliefs in the past, but remains unapologetic.
After Country Music Television (CMT) pulled her song from circulation and a slew of critics attacked the singer for the so-called “pro-lynching song”, it skyrocketed to number one on the charts and gained support from others – including Nugent – who argue the song is about self-defense.
Fans are sticking with the singer, calling for a boycott of CMT for removing the song from its network.
Social media became a battleground over the issue as people took to Twitter to defend – or criticize – Aldean.
“Social media reach is reaching good people all over the world, and all the good people in the world are saying what the Nugent family says: ‘Come on, Jason, come on…we salute you and we’re on your side,'” Nugent said.
Also on Aldean’s corner are country music stars Lee Greenwood and Travis Tritt, GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, former President Donald Trump, Republican Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, R., who said the singer had “nothing to apologize for.”
Among his critics are Tennessee State Rep. Justin Jones, D., according to Forbes, comedian Andy Richter and singer Sheryl Crow, who called Aldean’s song “lame” and said it encouraged “violence.”
The video shows footage from the 2020 riots following the death of George Floyd to illustrate Aldean’s message, which has drawn criticism from those who allege the implications are inflammatory.
Amid the backlash, Aldean told his social media followers: “Over the past 24 hours I have been accused of posting a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and been subjected to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too happy with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only baseless, but dangerous.