It's been nearly a year since we told you about Jason Aldean's blackface Halloween costume where he dressed up as Lil Wayne.
And now the country star is finally addressing the controversy for the first time.
In a new interview with Billboard, the 39-year-old tries to explain that the whole ordeal was an attempt to go unrecognized in public — as his wife, Brittany Kerr, painted his face:
"In this day and age people are so sensitive that no matter what you do, somebody is going to make a big deal out of it. Me doing that had zero malicious intent … I get that race is a touchy subject, but not everybody is that way. Media tends to make a big deal out of things. If that was disrespectful to anyone, I by all means apologize. That was never my intention. It never crossed my mind."
This explanation still doesn't negate the fact that people were offended by his actions (especially as a public figure). Also, you can always just wear a mask for Halloween. Problem solved.
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While continuing the theme of feeling misunderstood, the They Don't Know singer addresses misconceptions about the rural south in the media.
Male country music artists are often put into a "Bro Country" box, which Jason is just not here for:
"It's a f*cking ridiculous term. It's incredibly insulting to me. It's meant to describe guys whose songs are all about pickup trucks, drinking beer and girls. It's meant to talk down to us – me, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line – all of us. They haven't bothered to listen to the body of work I've recorded over the years. At least take time to do your homework."
So, all in all, the Georgia native's message is this:
"Don't talk down about things you've never experienced. I've traveled the world, and you go to a place like Los Angeles and people assume you just sit around on a hay bale and live in a trailer. Whenever the south is portrayed in a movie, it's seldom flattering. It's a song I could relate to."
We think it's important for everyone to take the opportunity here to understand each other's varying cultures and lifestyles — and maybe we wouldn't have these problems, eh?
[Image via Nashville Gab/Billboard.]
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