Jason Aldean Edits Video, Removes Controversial Images

A scene from Jason Aldean's Try That in a Small Town music video
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Shawn Lealos

Jason Aldean has been at the center of controversy since he released the video for his song “Try That in a Small Town.” However, it looks like someone is trying to make things right and his video has been edited to remove some of the controversial moments that caused problems.

Here is what was removed from the Aldean video and what it means for the song.

Jason Aldean video removes controversial moments

After Jason Aldean released his music video for “Try That in a Small Town,” people started calling out the song and video for several reasons. Some people argue that the lyrics seem to promote gun violence. The video itself was shot in front of a courthouse where a lynching once took place and was intercut with images of riots and protests from news broadcasts.

A scene from Jason Aldean's Try That in a Small Town music video

“There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage,” Aldean originally said about the song. The video in fact does only show news footage. There are a lot of moments that show many people looting, rioting, and disrespecting the police.

The Hollywood Reporter originally revealed the edits but said that Aldean’s reps have yet to respond to the changes.

Jason Aldean song skyrockets in popularity

When Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town” was removed from rotation on CMT, it helped the song’s popularity. Thanks to the controversy and both sides talking about it, the song has become one of the most-streamed songs.

Luminate, which tracks music sales and streams, said demand for “Try That in a Small Town” increased 999% since CMT removed it from rotation. People streamed it 987,000 times before the video. Fans streamed it 11.7 million times in the week after the video controversy. Sales also went up. It sold 1,000 units before the controversy. In the week after the controversy, it sold 228,000 units.

People viewed the video on YouTube over 19 million times. YouTube video views don’t only come from people supporting the song. People who want to see what the controversy is about view it as well.

Aldean’s song continues to gain support from many of his fellow country singers. Many have spoken out with support during their own concerts.

What are your thoughts about the editing of the Jason Aldean music video? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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