Luke Bryan is caught up in a controversy after a satirical website posted a false claim about him. Uplifting Today, a website known for satire, humor, and parodies, shared a story with the headline: “Luke Bryan pulls his videos from CMT over Jason Aldean debacle: ‘Folks, it’s time for the Bud Light Treatment.’”
Many people believed the headline without actually reading the article. Despite the website's disclaimer, people took to Twitter to express their support for Bryan and Aldean. However, it has been confirmed that Bryan did not ask for his music videos to be removed from CMT's rotation in solidarity with Aldean.
The satirical website also falsely claimed that Billy Ray Cyrus was working on a follow-up to "Achy Breaky Heart" called "Achy Breaky Cart" and that Toby Keith was building a new network called "Real Country Television" (RCT).
In response to CMT dropping Aldean's music video, E3 Chophouse, a restaurant partially owned by Bryan and Aldean, has decided to ban CMT's content. The controversy surrounding Aldean's music video for "Try That In A Small Town" began after accusations that it glorified gun violence and promoted racism.
The video includes footage of protests, riots, lootings, and Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Aldean defended the song and the video on Twitter, stating that they have nothing to do with race and that "Try That In A Small Town" refers to the sense of community he experienced growing up. The controversy has only arisen recently, as the music video was released in July to promote Aldean's upcoming album.