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Comedian David Lucas hit back on Monday at critics who complain that country music star Jason Aldean's newest song, "Try That In a Small Town," is racist.
Lucas — who grew up in the same town where Aldean was born, Macon, Georgia — said in a new video that he cannot understand how the song is being painted as racist.
"This is a very patriotic song," he said. "I think this is just another way that people are trying to continue the racial divide between the races."
"There may be a small, minute amount of racism [in the U.S.]. But the racism that they try to paint in the mainstream media is not accurate," Lucas continued. "I go across the whole country. I travel the world, and I've yet to experience all this racism that people try to say happens. I'm a black guy with dreadlocks and tattoos. My shows are 90–95% white. If that's what racism looks like, give me more of it."
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Regarding the content of the song itself, Lucas explained that he would not expect lifelong city-dwellers to understand its message.
"City people who did not grow up in small towns don't understand," he said. "A lot of stuff that people can do in Atlanta, they cannot get away with that in Macon."
Lucas went on to bash cancel culture, saying it diminishes hard work and the American dream, and said the outrage in this case is misplaced. Other music genres contain songs more worthy of outrage, he said, citing rap songs that threatened violence against Donald Trump when he was president and songs that over-sexualize women, citing Cardi B's "WAP."
"Think about that when you try to scrutinize Jason Aldean's song," Lucas advised. "Like I always say: we're just lucky to even be in a country where you can have an opinion."
Lucas ended his video foreshadowing that he may decide to make Aldean's song his new "walk-up" music.
Predictably, backlash against Aldean's song has backfired. The song debuted in the No. 2 position on Billboard's Hot 100, having amassed nearly a quarter-million digital sales and nearly 12 million streams — an impressive 999% increase over the week before the controversy.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News