As you’ve probably heard by now, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J released a controversial duet called “Accidental Racist,” a song that, among other things, compares do-rags to confederate flags.
EW spoke to Paisley earlier today about the song and the uproar it has caused (you can read that post here). The country singer admitted, ”It’s such a complicated issue.” Indeed, it is! And Twitter, where complicated issues go to get made fun of, has reacted swiftly to the song.
Here’s a roundup of what a selection of people (comedians, musicians, writers, and countrymen) are tweeting about Paisley and LL’s “Accidental Racist”:
Just heard the “Accidental Racist” man that Weird Al is amazing.
— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) April 8, 2013
I hope I don’t “accidentally download” “Accidental Racist.” — Todd Barry (@toddbarry) April 8, 2013
Please God let the California Raisins come back and do a spoof on Accidental Racist called Accidental Raisin. — billy eichner (@billyeichner) April 8, 2013
Finally, let it be known that I’m staunchly racist against Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, whatever they are. — rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 8, 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
.@bradpaisley I’d love to do a verse on “Accidental Anti-Semite”
— Joe Mande (@JoeMande) April 8, 2013
In the Oral History of Twitter Days, if Te’o Day gets a full page, Accidental Racist Day is pushing toward a full paragraph.
— Rembert Browne (@rembert) April 8, 2013
Let’s at least save a little outrage for the Glee cover of “Accidental Racist.”
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 8, 2013
Judging by the early response to “Accidental Racist,” I’d say what they needed in the studio was an accidental erase-ist
— Dan Snierson (@dansnierson) April 8, 2013
Can we all just please stop qualifying our racism?
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 8, 2013
I will say that I thought William Hurt and Geena Davis had amazing chemistry in The Accidental Racist.
— Sean O’Neal (@seanoneal) April 8, 2013
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 8, 2013
Basically #AccidentalRacist is the Kwanzaa gift that keeps giving.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisi) April 8, 2013
“Accidental Racist” worked! It has unified every race on Earth by showing us there is a song we can all hate as one. #WellPlayedBradandLL
— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) April 8, 2013
To take pressure off of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, I’m releasing my new single “Totally on Purpose Racist.”#balancerestored
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 8, 2013
The reason I’m not tweeting about “Accidental Racist” is the same reason Brad Paisley shouldn’t have written it.
— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) April 8, 2013
Seen other good tweets out there? Let us know in the comments.
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