Today Eric Church decided to release a video he’s been holding for ten years. Today marks the 10th anniversary of his debut album Sinners Like Me, so he decided to release the video he shot for the title track. It’s a pretty cool idea by him and his team to save this video for so long to mark such an occasion. The video is all well and good for the most part, which you can see below:
There’s just one problem with this video I immediately caught and that’s the prominent displaying of a white supremacist tattoo on a fan’s arm shown towards the end of the video. It’s just after the 3:50 mark:
For obvious reasons, something like should not be displayed in a music video or anywhere for that matter. It’s pretty well-known universally that this is a symbol of hate and racism amongst white supremacists. The Anti-Defamation League officially lists it on its website as a symbol of hate. Now I know Eric Church is not a racist and I’m not accusing him of being one, so please do not jump to this conclusion. What most likely happened here was Church’s editing team made a terrible oversight and did not catch this (after all it’s a ten-year old video). However I felt it was important to bring to light because this not only reflects badly on Eric Church and his fan base, but country music in general. It’s no secret that the genre is stereotyped as backwards and racist by many for it’s clear lack of diversity and rural roots. By displaying a hate symbol in a prominent country superstar’s video, this only reinforces inaccurate stereotypes. I hope Eric Church and his team will make the right call and edit this out of the video.