Brad Paisley Defends "Accidental Racist," Reminds You He Has a Black Best Friend
There's not much I can add to the conversation that hasn't already been said, but I will say this: The song is being roundly mocked on the Internet, but there's a lot of people that are going to eat this song up. They're going to quote it back in tipsy conversations about race. They're going to use it as a justification. It's going to be their "GET OVER IT" rallying cry. I can totally see members of my extended Southern family dropping lyrics into their "I'm not a racist, I just like racist symbols" conversations.
Paisley, bless his well-intentioned, dim little heart, tries to defend the song in an interview with Ellen (which is met by Ellen with what I would describe as a respectful eyeroll), but the man doesn't help himself when he begins his defense with a line that sounds a lot like "But I have a black best friend."
Here's the song.
And here's a reminder of Paisley at his best.