Sheryl Crow slams Jason Aldean for ‘encouraging violence’ with new music
In addition to the outrageous song lyrics, the accompanying music video also caused controversy. Specifically, the filming location in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, a location known for the 1927 mob lynching of an 18-year-old black man. Henry Choateand the use of violent news footage, including clippings of protests.
However, the production company behind the video, Tacklebox, refuted the assumption that the location was chosen because of its racist history and that Aldean chose the location.
Production company Tacklebox said in a statement to E! News reports that it was filmed at a “popular filming location outside of Nashville” and cites several music videos and films that were filmed there, including the Lifetime Original film “Steppin’ into the Holiday” and the Hannah Montana film. “Any alternate narrative suggesting the music video’s location decision is incorrect,” the group said, adding that Aldean did not choose the video’s location.
But amid the controversy, Aldean received support, including from his wife, Brittany Aldeanwho wrote on Instagram next to a photo of the couple on July 18: “Never apologize for telling the truth.”