Communist demonstrators set American flags ablaze outside a Jason Aldean concert in Chicago this past Saturday. Videos of the event show the activists promoting the Revolutionary Communist Party, commonly known as RevCom.
RevCom’s mission, as stated on their website, is to instigate a Marxist revolution within the United States, referring to the nation as “the belly of the imperialist beast.” The group’s manifesto lauds Mao for his “scientific method” and certain elements of his Cultural Revolution. As the flags were set on fire, some protesters chanted, “We did it in a small town!”
VIDEO THREAD: Tonight as Jason Aldean held a concert in Chicago suburb Tinley Park, the RevComs ("Revolutionary Communists") burned American flags in view of attendees, an act specifically condemned in the hit song Try That in a Small Town.
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The choice of venue for their protest seemed to be a direct response to Aldean’s recent song, “Try That In A Small Town.” The song, released in May, faced criticism, especially after its music video premiered on July 14. Many believed the song’s lyrics and visuals were a critique of the Black Lives Matter movement’s protests. Despite, or perhaps because of, the controversy, Aldean’s track quickly rose to the top spot on iTunes.
Addressing the backlash a few days post the video’s debut, Aldean took to social media. He stated, “In the past 24 hours I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song… and was subject to the comparison that I was not too pleased with the nationwide BLM protests. These references are not only meritless but dangerous.”