Luke Bryan has over a dozen videos on Country Music Television (CMT) that bring in tens of thousands of dollars every month for the network. Or perhaps we should say “had.”
Bryan informed CMT that he was withdrawing their permission to utilize his material, in solidarity with his good friend Jason Aldean. “Your network isn’t fit for my music,” he reportedly told Executive Vice President Joe Barron, adding, “Until you reinstate Jason’s video and issue him a formal apology, you get nothing from my label.”
The action has prompted others in the rural community to follow suit. According to sources, Toby Keith is the next in line, with others considering it as well.
“We have to stick together like we did with Bud Light and Target,” Bryan continued, “and we will prevail once again.”
The controversy started when Aldean released a video for a song that had been available for a few months. Aldean sings on small-town living and how hazardous it would be for minorities to walk up and start a racial riot or raid a convenience store. According to those whose adrenaline levels increased after watching the imagery, it in no way, shape, or form condones violence.
ALLOD Correspondent Cynthia Luhu visited Aldean’s hometown of Macon, Georgia, which is actually a rather large city at the intersection of two major interstates. With a population of around 150K people and a crime rate that is double the national average for both violent and property offenses, it’s no surprise he wanted to leave. So he relocated to a 140-acre palatial house 60 miles outside of Nashville, which is roughly the size of a small town, so there’s that.
Aldean is a great American hero for revealing that small-town life is something that people who have no idea what it’s like will try to protect for whatever reason, and Luke Bryan is a saint for standing by him. God bless the United States of America.