Almost a year after Jason Aldean was photographed in blackface for a Lil Wayne Halloween costume, the country artist has issued a statement regarding the controversy. According to the "Lights Come On" singer, he did not mean to offend anyone with his costume last year.
In November 2015, Aldean and his wife Brittany Kerr, a former American Idol contestant, attended a Halloween party with a couple of friends. For the event, the country singer decided to wear a Lil Wayne costume and don blackface.
A photograph of Aldean in blackface, obtained by Nashville Gab, quickly went viral and caused a controversy due to its offensive and racist nature.
During an interview with Billboard, the singer noted that it was not his intention to offend anyone. For Aldean though, his decision to wear that kind of a costume should not have been a big deal.
"In this day and age people are so sensitive that no matter what you do, somebody is going to make a big deal out of it," he told the entertainment news site. "Me doing that had zero malicious intent."
"I get that race is a touchy subject, but not everyone is that way," Aldean added. "Media tends to make a big deal out of things. If that was disrespectful to anyone, I by all means apologize. That was never my intention. It never crossed my mind."
Based on Aldean's statements, it seems the country star has already moved on from the controversy he caused last year. His 7th studio album titled They Don't Know is available today, Sept. 9.
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) September 9, 2016