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Exclusive: LL Cool J Reacts To ‘Accidental Racist’ Backlash



HipHollywood caught up with LL Cool J Wednesday night on the red carpet for the Kaleidoscope Ball, an event benefiting the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and where LL was honored with the Kaleidoscope Award.

When asked about the rapper’s controversial song with Brad Paisley, “Accidental Racist,” LL shared with HH that the Boston bombings is an unfortunate example of why the song was so important. “Unless all of American’s are on one accord, the country will be torn apart at the seams,” LL explained.

“I don’t think that we should only be able to stick together when there’s a terrorist attack … The song shook up the psyche of the country and I think that ultimately it will end in a harmonious way. My prayers go out to the people in Boston,” the NCIS: LA actor added.

“Accidental Racist”, a song on Brad Paisley’s ninth album, Wheelhouse, ignited controversy for its lyrics which discuss racism and stereotypes in America. According to the duo, the song’s purpose was to remind the Americans that they should move pass the racial tensions of the past, and stand together as a nation.

Check out what else LL Cool J had to say about “Accidental Racist” below:

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  1. JRoc85

    April 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I think it’s great that LL Cool J & Brad Paisley teamed up to PUBLICLY address a topic that many of us have subliminally swept under the rug. Racism still exists in this country, and it has been heavily shown since President Obama’s election (2xs)!!!!

    • Just No

      April 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Did you hear the song? Not only is it a terrible song, LL Cool J makes himself sound extremely out-of-touch with the black community. As a man who’s been rich most of his life, he probably doesn’t experience the kind of racism most low- and middle-class black people experience.

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