No one was surprised that Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's puzzling duet "Accidental Racist" ignited a firestorm of debate and ridicule, except maybe Paisley and LL themselves. The song is a strange back-and-forth where Paisley sings about wanting to rock the Confederate flag while grappling with the South's racist history, and LL raps "If you don't judge my gold chains/I'll forget the iron chains." Even aside from the regrettable lyrics, it's an uncomfortable musical mish-mash of country balladry and awkwardly shoehorned rapping.
Paisley and LL Cool J have both said they're standing by the song, but criticism – and a few rare nods of praise – are still making waves on the Internet. We have Twitter to thank for supplying some much-needed, priceless jests on the subject. Read on for our list of the funniest reactions to "Accidental Racist" on Twitter. Just don't judge my do-rag!
Just heard the "Accidental Racist" man that Weird Al is amazing.— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) April 8, 2013
"@alyankovic: . I WOULD do 'Accidental Nazi' but I'm not sure I could get Mel Brooks to do the rapping part." Mel Gibson would work too.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 10, 2013
that accidental racist song is a song, alright. now pardon me while I break my 2 week non drinking streak in response.— el-p (@therealelp) April 9, 2013
.@johnfugelsang I found the drum loop to be the most offensive part of the song Accidental Racist.Healing starts with a real drummer.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 10, 2013
I can't wait for Brad Paisley & LL Cool J's next single:"Whoopsy Daisy, Holocaust, My Bad"— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 9, 2013
Brad Paisley & LL Cool J should do a music video, where they're edited into Gone With the Wind, making out in front of a burning plantation.— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) April 8, 2013
The only thing I don't understand about "Accidental Racist" is how Kid Rock had nothing to do with it.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 8, 2013
“Accidental Racist” is so musically awful that even if it had no vocals, it would still be a greater crime than centuries of slavery.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 9, 2013
The 1st line of Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist” is “To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main”. That old country cliché?— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) April 10, 2013