According to a recent report, the producers of Jason Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town” music video have discreetly removed archival footage of Black Lives Matter rioters. The removal was prompted by Fox threatening legal action.
TMZ reported that the footage in question consists of a short sequence of clips from Fox 5 Atlanta, displaying BLM rioters engaged in violent protests on the streets. According to sources, the production company behind the video reached out to Fox back in May, seeking permission to use the six seconds of news footage.
Reportedly, Fox requested additional information, specifically the lyrics of the song. However, instead of providing the lyrics in writing, the production company sent Fox a link to the song.
According to TMZ, about a week ago, Fox contacted the production company and requested them to edit out the footage to prevent any potential legal action. The production company complied with the request, and sources described Fox’s approach as a “polite ultimatum.”
Changes have been made to Jason Aldean’s music video for “Try That In a Small Town.” https://t.co/6NwO1bKIMM
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) July 28, 2023
The revised version of the “Try That in a Small Town” music video substitutes the BLM riot footage, previously projected on the front of a courthouse building, with scenes of Aldean performing the song.
Despite the changes made to the music video, the old version can still be found on social media platforms.
“Try That in a Small Town” has triggered a backlash from leftists and corporate journalists, who sought to censor the song due to its portrayal of the violent and deadly Black Lives Matter riots in 2020, along with the overall surge in crime in major cities.
Following pressure from leftist activists, CMT, which is owned by Paramount, decided to remove the music video. Like other Hollywood studios, Paramount extended its support to the BLM rioters who caused destruction in cities across the country.
Aldean has stood firm and refused to bow down to the mob, as evidenced by his recent performance of the hit single to an enthusiastic crowd that responded with chants of “USA!”