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Jason Aldean’s recent concert in a Chicago suburb was the site of a protest led by a leftist community organization.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the country singer was performing in Tinley, Illinois this past weekend when around 20 members of the Revolution Club of Chicago staged a protest outside of the Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre. During the demonstration, TMZ reported that the group called out the musician for being a “fascist piece of shit,” repeatedly chanted “fuck the U.S. and all its might,” and set fire to the American flag.
Protesters also challenged Aldean to “try that in a big city” because “we will try it right in front of your concert,” prior to the arrival of several police officers. However, the Tribune reported that there were no arrests or violent altercations.
The protesters’ statements appeared to be referencing Aldean’s controversial No. 1 song “Try That in a Small Town,” which made headlines last month due to its controversial lyrics about small-town vigilantism, respecting the police, and protecting the American flag. The issue was then further deepened by the song’s music video, which was banned by CMT and featured since-removed footage of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as shots of Aldean outside of a Tennessee court house that was the site of a mob lynching and race riot.
The Fader has reached out to Aldean and the Revolution Club of Chicago for comment.