(TStarnes) – Rappers sing about sexually assaulting women. They use racially-charged language. They boast about targeting cops. And their music is celebrated. But Jason Aldean sings a song about defending the Second Amendment, respecting law enforcement and protecting life in small town America and he’s the one who gets canceled.

Country Music Television has removed Aldean’s new anthem, ‘Try That in a Small Town’ after far left agitators complained that the song is racist.

“It is unclear how many times CMT played the video before pulling it on Monday,” Billboard reported. “Other than confirming the outlet had yanked the video, CMT declined to comment on the decision to cease playing the clip.”

Variety panned the song and the video calling it “the Most Contemptible Country Song of the Decade.”

Aldean’s “Try That in a Small Town” is close to being the most cynical song ever written about the implicit moral superiority of having a limited number of neighbors, which is saying something, given how many attempts to write the Great American Small Town Anthem are generated in a single year. At least most of the others at least put up the appearance of celebrating local pride, not prejudice. But for Aldean, it’s about how tiny burgs are under the imminent threat of attack from lawless urban marauders who will have to be kept at bay by any means necessary — meaning, pretty explicitly, vigilantism.

Watch the music video below:

Aldean defended the song in a lengthy social media post:

In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song (a song that has been out since May) and was subject to the comparison that I (direct quote) was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless, but dangerous. There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it- and there isn’t a single video clip that isn’t real news footage -and while I can try and respect others to have their own interpretation of a song with music- this one goes too far. As so many pointed out, I was present at Route 91-where so many lost their lives- and our community recently suffered another heartbreaking tragedy. NO ONE, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart. Try That In A Small Town, for me, refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up, where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief. Because they were our neighbors, and that was above any differences. My political views have never been something I’ve hidden from, and I know that a lot of us in this Country don’t agree on how we get back to a sense of normalcy where we go at least a day without a headline that keeps us up at night. But the desire for it to- that’s what this song is about.

Jason Aldean