Whoopi Loses It Over Jason Aldean Song, Says BLM Rioters Were ‘Taking Care’ Of Their Towns
THE VIEW- 3/6/23 - Brendan Fraser is a guest on The View on Monday, March 6, 2023. The View airs Monday-Friday, 11am-12 noon, ET on ABC. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) WHOOPI GOLDBERG
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Whoopi Goldberg unleashed on country music star Jason Aldean, noting that critics have said that the lyrics to his new song are “racist” and arguing that Black Lives Matter rioters were only “taking care” of their towns when they looted and destroyed businesses.

Goldberg made the comments during Thursday’s broadcast of “The View” on ABC, following controversy over Aldean’s most recent release, “Try That in a Small Town.” She argued that Black Lives Matter rioters were no different than the small-town people depicted in Aldean’s music video defending their own.


“He’s talking about people taking care of each other, and I find it so interesting that it never occurred to Jason or the writers that that’s what these folks were doing,” Goldberg asserted. “They were taking care of the people in their town because they didn’t like what they saw, just like you’re talking about people taking care of each other in small towns. We do the same thing in big towns.”

Goldberg again accused Aldean of making the song a commentary about Black Lives Matter — despite the fact that the group was not mentioned once in the song.

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin followed Goldberg, noting that there were two sides to the issue and suggesting that while Aldean may not have meant the song to be taken the way some have taken it, the lyrics did remind her of white people chasing down black people in the streets.

Sunny Hostin weighed in a bit later, saying that she could not give Aldean the benefit of the doubt because she had visited Macon, GA — his hometown — and she believed it to be a “racist” town.


Hostin explained that her father was also from Macon and Augusta, Georgia, and said that she had spent summers there as a child. “It is one of the most racist places in this country,” she said. “Don’t tell me that he knew nothing about what that imagery meant and what he – so I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt.”

She went on to say that when she heard the song, she thought of times and places when black people were not safe after sundown.

“We have a problem in this country about race and the biggest problem is, we refuse to admit that it exists!” she complained.

Joy Behar then argued that it was racist to suggest that small towns and big cities were different with regards to their values.

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