Brad Paisley on controversial record: "I wouldn't change a thing"

UPDATED: The country singer defends "Accidental Racist"

By Prachi Gupta
Published April 9, 2013 3:40PM (EDT)

Brad Paisley, aka Mr. White man, has stepped out in defense of his controversial song "Accidental Racist" and his new album, "Wheelhouse," saying on Twitter this morning:

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Paisley told USA Today that the entire album, including "Accidental Racist," is meant to "to promote discussion." "I still think there will be people who misunderstand what I'm saying, but welcome to the Internet," he said.

But Paisley's conviction seems to crumble a little on live TV. In a clip from "Ellen," which airs today, he says that he wrote the song to address racial tension. "I think it's music's turn to have the conversation [about race]," Paisley said.

Ellen DeGeneres: And so, you're basically saying ...

Brad Paisley: I don't know.

Right. Watch the clip below:

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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