Home

News

Sports

Perspectives

Police Blotter


About Us

Stater Archives

School of Communication

The Cleveland Stater YouTube Channel Visit us at:

The Cleveland Stater Facebook Page The Cleveland Stater Twitter The Cleveland Stater YouTube Channel


 

LL Cool J, Paisley make legitimate point despite corny lyrics, vocals

By Christina Sanders

May 2, 2013

A few weeks ago, LL Cool J and Brad Paisley attempted to make the statement “Team Work Makes The Dream Work” true, with the release of their Billboard 100 Non-Hit song “Accidental Racist”.

After releasing the song on YouTube the pair received a backlash storm from the media that seemed to last longer than Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

Everyone was calling in the cavalry as if they’ve never heard a gaff before.

Besides the song’s creators, I can safely say that there is no one on planet earth who will nominate Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s not-so-club banger “Accidental Racist” for a Grammy Award. However, in spite of the song’s goofy lyrics, if one truly takes the time to listen to the song, any reasonable person can at least understand and respect the message that the two men are trying to convey.

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J are artists whose respective genres are judged at times unfairly by the general public. Paisley, a country singer and Cool J a rapper attempt to make light of the unfair outdated stereotypes that plague America via song.

As much as Americans don’t want to admit it, these two actually have a point. Unfortunately, for them, and our ears, the delivery of the song is so ridiculous that it clouds the message completely.

The song starts with Paisley addressing a Starbucks barista who is assumedly identified as African-American, who is offended by the confederate flag on his t-shirt.

“To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main/ I hope you understand

When I put on that t-shirt/ the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan.”

Disregarding the poor vocals, and corny lyrics, the message is one that young people complain about all the time.

“We are not our parents’ generation.”

Because of the hypersensitivity in this country due to our nation’s need to so called speak out about the slightest thing that rubs us the wrong way, young people don’t feel free to express themselves without being the targets of unfair stereotypical labels.

It is not limited to the things discussed in this song either. From political parties to simply expressing an opinion in class, Caucasian people and African-Americans continually attack each other unnecessarily.

There is no reason to have to begin every sentence with an “I’m not a racist…” disclaimer and there is no reason for someone to be judged by the clothes that they wear or the type of music that they listen to.

It’s getting to be too much. Our country’s indecisiveness about what can be said, what can be and who can and cannot say something, keep us in the same bondage that everyone so-called fought against.

This song is a perfect example.

There is nothing wrong with this song except for the fact that it was corny and not well performed. The media backlash that it received was completely unnecessary.

Both of these men were attempting to bridge a gap. They did not set out rearrange the constellations of the sky and throw everyone backwards.

It was sad to see the media attack this song. It proved once again that America is worried about the wrong things.

There is too much wrong being done and too many people starving to be wasting time crying about a corny song. If you don’t like the song don’t listen to it, it’s as simple as that.