A communist activist called a controversial Jason Aldean song a ‘pure white supremacist lynching song’ and a ‘civil war rallying cry’ before protesting the star’s concert by burning American flags outside the venue from Chicago on Saturday.
Last month, Revolution Club’s Rafael Kadaris appeared in a video discussing Aldean’s “anti-Woke” song Try That in a Small Town, which was called “racist” by critics. In the song, the singer denounces the violence of the far left.
“Fascist country singer and thug Jason Aldean just released a new song…it’s a straight-up white supremacist lynching song and it’s a rallying cry for civil war,” Kadaris said.
On Saturday, Kadaris appeared outside Aldean’s concert at the Credit Union 1 Amphitheater in Tinley Park to burn American flags and chant anti-American slogans with about 20 of his comrades from Revolution Club Chicago, which calls for a revolution against capitalism. Kedaris lives in California but flew to Chicago to join the group’s protest.
“Guess what Jason (Aldean)? » one of the activists Rafael Kadaris told the Chicago Times. “We’re going to try this in a small town.” We’re going to try this in a big city. And we’re going to try it right in front of your concert.
Revolution Club Chicago’s Rafael Kadaris appeared in a video discussing Aldean’s “anti-Woke” song Try That in a Small Town
On Saturday, Kadaris appeared outside Aldean’s concert at the Credit Union 1 Amphitheater in Tinley Park with about 20 of his bandmates to burn American flags and chant anti-American slogans.
Ahead of the protest, Kedaris broke down the song in a video posted to The Revcoms’ YouTube channel; he claimed the song was a rallying cry for white supremacists to take action against minorities and the LGBTQ+ community.
“If you don’t put fascist political violence at the heart of it all, you’re not going to get to where this is going,” Kadaris said, adding that the song’s lyrics, “see how far down the road you’ll get )” are a threat.
The lyrics say: “Kick a cop, spit in his face, smash the flag and light it, yeah, you think you’re tough, well try it in a small town, see how far you get in the way.’
Kedaris claimed the lyrics were a call for violence against those who oppose police brutality and American “crimes.”
He continued: “Jason Aldean says people who protest police brutality or burn the flag in opposition to this country’s crimes should be shot or even killed, and he’s letting his millions of supporters do just that…
One of the group’s leaders, Leo Pargo, said burning the flag was simply free speech, while defending communism.
“These people are eager to eliminate everyone they hate: black people, immigrants, people who don’t conform to patriarchal gender roles, and anyone who speaks out against this system.”
Kedaris then admits that Aldean never mentions race in the song, but adds, “but who do you think he has in mind and his racist audience afraid of when he talks about crime?”
The communist then claims that the “good” boys Aldean speaks of in the song are white supremacist groups fighting for segregation.
“This is not just another racist country song, it is an incitement to civil war and tens of millions of people love it,” he concluded before calling for action.
“We need masses of people ready to defeat these fascists as part of the elimination of the entire capitalist and imperialist system that gave birth to them. a system that embeds white supremacy and male domination and is currently pushing humanity toward climate catastrophe and World War III,” he said.
Revolution Club activists burned the Star-Spangled Banner on Saturday before police said their presence was “an unlawful assembly” and that their activism “had alarmed and disturbed others”.
The protesters aim to “raise awareness of the Revolutionary Communist Party, an organization that advocates a Marxist revolution in America, calling the United States the “belly of the beast.”
Jason Aldean is seen performing in concert in Chicago on Saturday evening while a protest was taking place outside. Protesters referenced his controversial song “Try That In A Small Town” when they lit a flag.
After the flags were burned to the ground, protesters chanted, “We did it in a small town!” We did it in a small town! »
“1, 2, 3, 4, slavery, genocide and war! 5, 6, 7, 8, America was never great!’ they chanted.
A dozen police officers urged the group to leave and one officer had to use a fire extinguisher to put out one of the burning flags.
One of the group’s leaders, Leo Pargo, said burning the flag was simply free speech, while he was defending communism.
“Americans were lied to about communism. This protest welcomes people who may not agree with all of the principles of Revolution Club Chicago,” he told the Tribune.
Aldean’s anti-woke song was released in May and received rapid criticism after the music video premiered on July 14.
Detractors criticized the song’s lyrics and video, suggesting they were criticizing the Black Lives Matter protests.
The singer faced heat as the video interlaced clips of BLM protesters vandalizing cities with lyrics endorsing traditional values and “taking care of our own.”
Aldean opens the song: “Curse a cop, spit in his face. Tap the flag and turn it on. Yeah, you think you’re tough? Try this in a small town.
The clip, which has been viewed more than 35 million times, sparked backlash among some who felt the lyrics were dog whistles intended to offend, while others saw it as a commentary on the sharp divisions of the ‘America.
The country star’s hit took aim at woke activists for acting like “fools”, particularly condemning the series of BLM protests that erupted across America following the police killing of George Floyd in 2020.
In the clip, Aldean sings in front of a Tennessee courthouse once used for a lynching, and an American flag interwoven with clips of BLM protests.
The riots caused billions of dollars in damage and raised questions about why so many people were willing to break the law, with Aldean believing that the unrest was because people were not ” well behaved “.
“A miller hits someone on a sidewalk, carjacks an old lady at a red light,” he sings. “Pull a gun on a liquor store owner – you think that’s cool, well, act stupid.”
“See how far you get on the road. Here, we take care of our own. If you cross that line, it won’t be long before you find out. I recommend you don’t try this in a small town.
One line particularly offended some gun-hating listeners, where Aldean sang: “I got a gun my grandfather gave me, they say someday they’ll round it up… well, that shit could fly in the city, good luck.
While some consider any reference to guns to be “crossing the line”, Aldean’s words about guns have also been considered insensitive given that he was on stage during the infamous shooting in mass in Las Vegas in 2017, where 60 people died and some 850 were injured.
The 46-year-old concluded the song by paying tribute to Southern values, noting that small towns are “full of good ol’ boys, well behaved.”
“If you’re looking for a fight, try this in a small town.”