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The music video for "Try That in a Small Town" by Jason Aldean will no longer be aired on Country Music Television (CMT), the network has announced. This decision comes after viewers complained that the video had lyrics that glorified gun violence and expressed themes that are traditionally racist.

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Thursday, a spokeswoman for CMT confirmed the shift to NPR, although they would to comment on the reason for the decision.

Since the movie was published online on Friday, it has quickly become a well-known example of a political litmus test, with interpretations of its meaning frequently falling along voting divisions.

The song was first released in May by Aldean, a country artist who is 46 years old and hails from Macon, Georgia. However, the discussion didn't begin to heat up until the video for the song was released on July 14, which served as advertising for his 11th upcoming album.

Aldean noted in a statement that accompanied the premiere of the music video that the song is meant to reflect a "unspoken rule" for those who were brought up in small towns, which is that "We all have each other's backs and we look out for each other." As has been the case for the most majority of his 27 chart-topping hits, the singer is not acknowledged as a songwriter for the song.

Threats to outsiders (and the implication that those outsiders are from cities) are present throughout the song's lyrics, which begin with a list of crimes that might occur in urban settings ("Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk / carjack an old lady at a red light"), then crescendo into the titular chorus: "I don't care if you're from the city, I don't care if you're from the city."

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There are clips of vandalism, riots, and contacts with police interspersed throughout the video of Jason Aldean singing. Many of these scenes are reminiscent of protests against racial injustice.

Some of the clips have a chyron that reads "Fox News," while others, as some sleuths on TikTok have pointed out, look like they were taken from stock footage. In some cases, the footage appears to be of events in other nations.

However, the majority of the criticism that has been leveled at the video can be attributed more to the context in which it was filmed: The United States flag is hung above the Maury County Courthouse building in Columbia, Tennessee, which acts as a backdrop for Jason Aldean and his band.

According to multiple stories from the media, including an in-depth description from The Washington Post, the landmark was the location of racial riots in 1946 as well as a lynching in 1927 in which a white mob snatched an 18-year-old black man, Henry Choate, from jail and dragged him through the city by vehicle. In 1946, the landmark was the location of the race riots.

According to a report in the Post, Choate had purportedly admitted to attacking a 16-year-old white girl "to protect his life," despite the fact that the victim "could not positively identify him as the assailant."

On Tuesday, Aldean responded forcefully to allegations that he supported the practice of lynching, claiming that such a reading "goes too far" and is "dangerous."

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