Watch: LL Cool J And Brad Paisley End Racism Forever On ‘Saturday Night Live’


Earlier this week I was stunned, shocked, and hella confused over Brad Paisley’s new song Accidental Racist, which featured formerly awesome rapper LL Cool J. I was so grateful to last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live for addressing the ridiculous song with an awesome Weekend Update skit. To be honest, there were only a few other skits that I enjoyed from last night’s show. I usually like Vince Vaughn… but he just wasn’t doin’ it for me. Peep the video above for more, and click inside for a few other skits.

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  • Megan

    Ok, I’m glad you brought up that Brad Paisley song. Now, I admit it’s a terrible song lol. And I think the phrase accidental racist is stupid. However, if you actually read the lyrics, I don’t understand the problem with his message. I’m from the south – and I completely understand his issue with the confederate flag. To a lot of people here, it has nothing to do with the civil war. It represents the south like a state flag would represent the state. And there’s a lot of awesome and unique things about the south – sweet tea, southern drawl, southern food, being laid back, being very polite (though you don’t wanna hear whats said behind your back), etc. There’s a lot of good qualities specifically about the south, and to a lot of people that’s what they think of when they see the “confederate”/southern flag. It’s southern pride. But there’s also not good things attributed to the south, and some people did use this flag to mean white supremacy. And because of that I would never wear that flag or have it outside my house (and I really think we should just get rid of it or design a new one), but you can’t judge someone based solely on the fact that they have that flag. And that’s what he’s saying – don’t judge me for wearing a flag to mean southern pride and I shouldn’t judge African Americans with baggy pants and gold chains. That’s actually a great step for people in the south. Now maybe because I’m from here, I don’t understand how it’s viewed elsewhere but I’d love to hear others opinions about why the meaning of the song isn’t right.

    • Shannon

      Megan, thanks for sharing this. I won’t get into the confederate flag symbolism too much. I’m not from the South. I’m a black girl whose parents both taught African history and African-American history– the flag pretty much means one thing to me (slavery and the desire to enslave). However, I do understand people (who are NOT me) being able to look at it as a symbol of pride or rebellion; for me, that’s just not what it is.

      Brad Paisley’s message is, to me, not the problematic message in the song. It’s LL Cool J’s. To me there is no comparison between the confederate flag/ he legacy of American slavery and Hip-Hop fashion. To put it simply, no one rocking gold chains ever took it upon themselves to enslave an entire race of peoples. The whole idea is ridiculous, IMO. For LL to say I’ll forget about THOSE chains if you can forget about THESE chains is absurd. It implies that his gold chains symbolise the same thing as the chains that were used to enslave his people. It implies that whites NEED to forgive him for wearing gold chains. LMAO! For what?! What did black guys wearing gold chains ever do to white people? Answer: Nothing. What did white people putting chains on blacks ever do to black people? Answer: Everything.

      There’s nothing wrong with addressing the huge issue of race in our country; nothing wrong with a Southerner saying ‘I have Southern pride AND I’m not proud of my entire history.’ That IS a great message, a valid message (although some would label it another example of ‘white guilt’ and, therefore, not necessarily valid). But there was more to the song than that. Again, I took greater issue with LL’s message than anything. I’m also not a huge fan of this ‘Can’t we just forget all that stuff that happened way back when’ message. The legacy of slavery is real. Just the other day we reported on racially integrated proms in Georgia. People haven’t forgotten. It’s not something that ‘ended’ hundreds of years ago, and people are just harping on it for no reason. It’s real. The effects are real and ever-present.

      Sidenote: I just want to say that LL isn’t the first rapper to draw comparisons between the symbolism of the Hip-Hop chain and chains that were used during slavery. Actually, if explained correctly, you could argue that there is a connection of sorts. For example, you could argue that both have been detrimental to black people (in that chains in Hip-Hop symbolize a desire or even desperation to appear to be of a certain class, to appear to have wealth which, in a way, renders those chain-wearers slaves to a lie, slaves to an image). BUT that’s not what LL is saying, so it doesn’t work for me. Kanye addressed such a connection in ‘All Falls Down.’ Again, many other rappers have too. But they made it about an issue within the black community, and a response (in a way) to slavery and racism. LL turned it into something blacks or members of the Hip-Hop community need to be apologetic about. Again, doesn’t work for me.

    • Megan

      Thanks for such a thoughtful response, Shannon! I didn’t really consider that chains quote when I heard the song, but you’re right. About everything. As usual. lol. But I will say I am being kind of hypocritical here, because I do judge people who display confederate flags. Not necessarily that they’re racist, but it definitely means they’re republican. Which is almost as bad (kidding!). I just think Brad Paisley is a genuinely nice guy, and was upset when he got so much criticism for something that I think has an overall positive message, which to me, is to stop judging others before you get to know them.

    • Jennifer

      Thank you for explaining that. That makes more sense. Although I saw someone getting mad for more than that. But like I said below, it seems like it could have been written a little better, especially knowing it may cause debate.

      I’m a white female that grew up in NJ. I saw the Confederate flag the same way, as part of the civil war, slavery, etc. But when I went to school in AR I asked and someone explained that most people use it as Southern pride like you would have in your state or school. Not something to symbolize slavery or that time period. Though some use it for that reason.

      Honestly, separation is an issue that comes up still. Heck, look on twitter and what’s trending, I can bet you at least once a week something with “black people” or “white people” is trending on there. No, there isn’t slavery. I don’t understand, however, why all this separation still. How can we work past it when we obviously still separate ourselves in our minds/views/way of life. Look at twitter.

  • Jennifer

    I don’t understand the huge uproar over the song .Maybe I’ll read the essay someone wrote one day when this site stops reloading on me.
    I mean, yes, lyrically and musically it’s horrible. This could have actually been made into something that made you think, instead we got something that seems half-a$$ed. But I get what he was getting at and there wasn’t any malicious intent behind it. People are making it into a bigger deal than it seems to me.