04/09/2013 10:43 am ET

Brad Paisley On 'Accidental Racist': 'I Wouldn't Change A Thing'

To anyone still hanging on to a shred of hope that Brad Paisley's outrageous new collaboration with LL Cool J was indeed some sort of parody, it's time to give up that optimism. The country singer tweeted his earnestness Monday night after the internet lit up with a firestorm of critical reactions to the song, entitled "Accidental Racist."

His trio of tweets was punctuated by a "no regrets" attitude -- essentially the exact opposite of what many wanted to hear from Paisley.

Entertainment Weekly was able to nab an explanation of the song from Paisley after the track circulated through the magazine's offices a few weeks ago. The singer cited recent Oscar winners "Lincoln" and "Django Unchained," both of which revolve around racism and slavery, as markers of the country's race conversation "[coming] to a boil."

"This isn't a stunt. ... I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago," Paisley told EW. "I think that we’re going through an adolescence in America when it comes to race. You know, it’s like we’re almost grown up. You have these little moments as a country where it’s like, ‘Wow, things are getting better.’ And then you have one where it’s like, ‘Wow, no they’re not.’"

Read the rest of what Paisley had to say about "Accidental Racist" at EW, and listen to the full song below.

"Accidental Racist" Reactions