Paisley, LL Cool J: 'Accidental Racist' Is About Forgiveness

The country singer and rapper collaborated on a controversial new duet.
3:12 | 04/10/13

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Transcript for Paisley, LL Cool J: 'Accidental Racist' Is About Forgiveness
During our interview you can tell two things, brad and ll cool jay appear to be legitimate friends, the other is that both men take the message of this song very seriously. But critics will say that message has been lost in translation. The new song may be called "accidental racist" -- ♪ I'm just a white man coming to you from the south land ♪ Reporter: But an exclusive interview with abc the two stars who sing it say the international debate is sparking was every bit intentional. ♪ But it ain't like I can walk a mile in spun he's skin ♪ I'm not sure we were going to find any answers but it was the idea we would ask the martin luther king had an interesting quote. He said darkness doesn't drive out darkness. Only love can. We're talking about forgiveness and compassion. Reporter: In the song paisley and ll cool jay play the parts of a white southerner and a black barista overcoming prejudice and having a talk about slavery to fashion. ♪ I'm proud of where I'm from ♪ ♪ if you don't judge my gold chains ♪ I'm not advising anyone to forget slavery but what I am saying is forget the slavery mentality. Forget the bitterness. Don't get bitter, get better. Reporter: After it hit youtube a flurry of headlines dubbed the song everythin a bad idea and horrible to simply misguided. I got a call from this guy saying, you have you seen anything? No, what are you talking about? You might want to look at twitter. No, I don't want to look at twitter. Critics singling out lines like ll cool jay offering to let bygones be bygones and paisley saying whites are still paying for mistakes that happened before's them. I'm sensitive to that. Sure. But in the end I felt like what we had on tape was something that people needed to In terms of symbols, sometimes I put a skull and cross bones on and, you know, whites get upset with me but I'm not a pirate. You know what I'm saying so if my man got a confederate flag on that doesn't mean he's a confederate soldier. Reporter: Both stars are proud of the song and the discussion it is creating despite of the backlash. L not be critical of things that happened so long ago. Let's respect it but after we respect it let's also open our hears up so we can move forward. Truth, truth. Reporter: Fascinating conversation. Brad paisley's new album was released tuesday and while all this talk has not hurt sales, he says the song is got -- you can expect to hear another collaboration between this duo on ll cool jay's album out later this month told it is about something less controversial, lara, love. Thank you so much, paula.

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