To begin the conversation, Alyssa Farah Griffin said she gave Aldean "the benefit of the doubt," assuming he was not trying to "stoke division, glorify violence or racism." However, Hostin chimed in to explain why she could not do the same.
"This man is from Macon, Georgia. My father is from Augusta, Georgia and Macon. I spent many summers there. It is one of the most racist places in this country," she began. "Don't tell me that he knew nothing about what that imagery meant. So, I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt."
She then went deeper into her analysis, saying, "The other thing is that what was evoked for me, which was, 'You're not going to get out of this town' in those sundown areas."
"My mother and father, because they were an interracial couple, they were run out of South Carolina by the KKK. My father is still scarred from that experience, and you [pointing at her mother] are still scarred from that experience," Hostin explained of her family's past.
"So don’t tell me that not only was he aware of what he was doing by using that imagery, he embraces that imagery," she concluded. "We have a problem in this country about race, and the biggest problem is that we refuse to admit that it exists."
Following the discussion on The View, haters took to Twitter to take digs at Hostin after she bashed the Georgia town.
"Certifiable moron and lunatic Sunny Hostin says that Jason Aldean's hometown Macon, GA is 'one of the most racist places in the country.' Macon is 54% black and 39% white," one person penned, while another said, "I do NOT understand why no one sues her for slander. She continues to 'punch down' ...from people thrown into a news cycle, to smearing entire cities."
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"These people live in an alternative reality," a third added, while a fourth wrote, "She lives in a ten bedroom mansion. I doubt seriously if she knows anything about Macon."
However, some users backed Hostin, with one saying, "Macon is 54% black and 39% white. How does that statistic refute the level of racism? Seriously, I'd love to know how you made that jump."
On July 18, the country singer released a statement where he claimed there's "not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it."