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The 46-year-old country singer went viral after he took to Twitter on Monday and wrote to his 3.8 million followers, “Thank [you] guys. Ready to see [you] back out there this weekend!” His post included an American flag emoji and a rocker hand emoji.
Aldean’s post shared a clip from one of his shows over the weekend in which he addressed a fan who asked if he would be singing the song. At the time of this publication, the post has been viewed 1.4 million times.
“So, somebody asked me, ‘Hey man, do you think you’re going to play this song tonight?'” Aldean told the crowd.
Thank u guys. Ready to see u back out there this weekend! 🇺🇸🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/qtH8yUdpLy
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 24, 2023
“The answer was simple,” he added. “The people have spoken, and you guys spoke very, very loudly this week.”
The comments stem from headlines about the “Dirt Road Anthem” hitmaker’s new music video for a song that hit the airwaves in May. The video came out on July 14, and critics claimed it was “racist,” “pro-lynching,” and more.
Following the backlash, CMT pulled the singer’s music video and has yet to respond as to why. Aldean hit back against the criticism, calling it “meritless” and “dangerous.”
Last week, the country star released a lengthy statement on Twitter slamming the idea the song is anything but a cry for Americans to come back together.
“In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests,” Aldean tweeted. “These references are not only meritless, but dangerous.”
“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 -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far,” he added.
The country star wrote that this song is about the “feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief. Because they were our neighbors, and that was above any differences.”
He concluded his post by noting how his “political views” are well known, but this song is about the “desire” to get back to some “sense of normalcy.”