1.Sheryl Crow has some harsh words for Jason Aldean and his new song, "Try That in a Small Town." Critics say the country music song promotes violence with its lyrics: "Got a gun that my grandad gave me / They say one day they're going to round up" and "Try that in a small town / See how far you make it down the road / Around here we take care of our own." Do you think these lyrics promote violence?
2.On Tuesday, Aldean tweeted that he had been "accused of releasing a pro-lynching song," but that he did not intend for the song to promote gun violence. The video for the song, which has been removed by CMT, features footage of protests and robberies projected onto a courthouse in Columbia, Tennessee, where an 18-year-old Black man, Henry Choate, was lynched in 1927. The song's lyrics refer to spitting on police ("Cuss out a cop, spit in his face"), defacing an American flag ("stomp on the flag and light it up") and pulling a gun in a liquor store, with some people suggest alludes to the Black Lives Matter movement. Lynching means: to put to death by mob action without legal approval or permission. Do you think this song is "pro lynching"?
3.CMT (Country Music Television) removed the video from their station but offered no comment regarding their decision to stop playing the clip. Do you agree with CMT's decision to remove the music video?
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