Understatement of the Year: LL Cool J Says 'Accidental Racist' Song Is 'Not Perfect'

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In an appearance on The Tonight Show, LL Cool J said the shitshow of a track "Accidental Racist" is "not perfect, but it is honest, and it comes from a good place." He was indeed accurate when he admitted that you can't fit 400 years of history into a song.

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He said some other stuff that was kind of weird, like, "I can't defend the song." But sir. That's what you are doing.

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He also said:

"I would never, ever, ever suggest to anyone that we should just forget slavery and act like that didn't happen, I understand the systemic racism that exists, I get that. But you know what, if the playing field is unlevel and you feel it's unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage will help you make it up that hill a little easier."

The real problem is that he (and Jay Leno) act like it's some amazing and incredible and unprecedented thing that a black rapper and a white country singer worked together. Despite his good intentions and eloquence, the voice that's missing from this conversation is that of African-American Southerners.

Also? Nelly and Tim McGraw are like, WAIT WHAT.

[Rolling Stone]

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I’ve been thinking about this song a lot over the past few days, as it has left me gobsmacked. Here’s what I think is my biggest issue: it makes racial tension/black oppression out to be some silly Hatfields v. McCoys feud. Like “Everything bad that’s happened has been over some silly little thing a million years ago and you’re still pissed! Ugh! Let’s move on… only I don’t want to change, so really, just get over it.”

And the solution? “Look, if you overlook the whole issue we had back in the day that rhymes with “wavery” so that I can go on pretending that something I take pride in isn’t mired in ugliness and hate, then I’ll forgive you for being black.”

And L.L. Cool J says “GREAT!”

They didn’t fit 400 years of history in 4 minutes, yet they somehow managed to encapsulate 400 years of bullshit in that tiny allotment.