I thought we were done as a nation talking about "Accidental Racist," but apparently, this dead-on-arrival and racist horse needed one last flogging, and who better to do said flogging than Stephen Colbert? The introduction of Colbert’s skewering of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s accidentally-racist trainwreck is actually pretty funny — aftert the opening verse plays, Colbert offers, "[The Confederate flag] just means you’re a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan, in the same way that having a burning cross on your lawn just means you’re a Madonna fan." And yeah, now that he mentions it, it is kind of surprising that no one’s brought up the "Like A Prayer" video for comparison / discussions of loaded imagery. Alright then.
Anyway, Colbert praises the song for uniting America in hatred of this mess (and it’s a shame because the rest of Brad Paisley’s album isn’t all that bad, either), and offers the healing power of music to bridge "another deep cultural rift in America—the gay marriage divide." Hence, "Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe," which takes the situation to a Crunch gym and as expected, is far more overt in its intention to offend. The best part is, of course, Alan Cumming appearing as the LL equivalent, which reads "we just picked a random obvious gay celebrity who we thought would have something to say about this" the same way choosing LL, as Ta-Nehisi Coates helpfully pointed out, was Paisley just assuming that just because LL is black and a rapper, he’d automatically be able to offer insightful contributions on racial discourse and the Confederate flag, when there are countless other rappers who have said much more salient things about race and do this sort of thing better regularly. Anyway, now the song is safely dead, we think, and you can watch Colbert and Cumming trade verses below.