I have so many things to talk about. Let’s start with just one, because it’s so ridiculously entertaining: have you heard about the quote-unquote song “Accidental Racist, ” a collaboration between country singer Brad Paisley and hip hop icon LL Cool J?
OH EM GEE!
Evidently the intention of this song was to let Brad Paisley explain that being a white man in the South, he feels like he is walking on eggshells all the time around black folks, and to let LL Cool James soothe his rattled nerves. “Hey, no problem, go ahead and wear your Confederate flag, it’s all good, brah!”
Let me tell you, Ladies Love Cool James, but this is a hot mess. It is like an SNL skit when it goes painfully wrong, like right off the rails. Here are some sample lyrics, just so you understand:
“RIP Robert E. Lee but I gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean"
“If you don’t judge my gold chains… I’ll forget the iron chains” (No, for REALS.)
Needless to say, the blogosphere is having a field day with this, as it is just too good to pass up. Perhaps the most entertaining critical interpretation I’ve seen so far is at Grantland.
Here’s a taste of it (but please go read the whole thing, because it is quite funny):
"I wasn't there when Sherman's march turned the South into firewood
I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could"
Just so you're clear, LL is saying that he wants white people to make money, but would appreciate it if it didn't come at the expense of his freedom from slavery. It seemed necessary to spell that out, in case it went over your head.Whew.
I think it's laudable to try and have a dialogue about racial issues in this country - God knows we need it. This just ain't it.