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Jason Aldean refuses to back down over song backlash, and his newest response leaves crowd chanting 'USA!'
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Jason Aldean refuses to back down over song backlash, and his newest response leaves crowd chanting 'USA!'

Country music star Jason Aldean is not backing down in the face of controversy over his song, "Try That in a Small Town."

At a concert in Cincinnati on Friday, Aldean addressed backlash about the song, telling the crowd that he believes "everybody's entitled to their opinion" before offering up one of his own: Cancel culture is "bulls**t."

"You guys know how it is this day and age, cancel culture is a thing. That's something that, if people don't like what you say, they try and make sure that they can cancel you, which means try and ruin your life, ruin everything," Aldean said.

"One thing I saw this week was a bunch of country music fans that can see through a lot of the bulls**t," he added.

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Critics claim Aldean's song is racist and glorifies violence. But Aldean fiercely denies those charges and instead has explained the song is about tight-knit communities across the country. Those towns, as the song points out, do not tolerate the type of violence that became commonplace in major cities over the last several years.

To that point, Aldean also addressed his critics: "You can think something all you want to — it doesn't mean it's true."

"I love our country. I want to see it restored to what it once was before all this bulls**t started happening to us," he said. "I love my country. I love my family, and I will do anything to protect that — I can tell you that right now."

The crowd responded by chanting, "USA! USA! USA!"

If Aldean's critics were trying to cancel him or his new song, they certainly have failed. Not only has the backlash brought more attention to the song than it probably otherwise would have received, but the attention has made the song a hit.

Music industry experts, in fact, predict that "Try That in a Small Town" will compete for the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100.

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