Brad Paisley's new album on sale, contains controversial song 'Accidental Racist'

Country star: Song written after Twitter backlash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Brad Paisley's collaboration with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist" has accidentally kicked up some controversy.

The song about racial perception has drawn ire from both the country and urban music worlds after its wide release.

Paisley's publicist says he isn't giving interviews about the song. But he briefly addressed the debate Monday night on Twitter when he reposted a blog entry and noted the debate is "Cool." He also told fans his new album, "Wheelhouse," out this week, "is meant to be FAR from easy listening."

LL Cool J's publicist did not immediately respond to messages.

At its heart, the song is about how cultural symbols favored by whites and blacks -- the fashion choice of wearing Confederate flags or baggy pants, for instance -- come loaded with meaning.

Paisley says he wrote the lyrics after he was called a racist on Twitter for wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag on it. He says he wore the shirt because he is a fan of the band Alabama.

Paisley told The Tennessean that the Twitter comments made him wonder, "is that all it takes" to be considered a racist?

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