A painting of country star Jason Aldean popped up on the side of a Dollar General in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. The portrait was painted on the side of a Dollar General store in a shopping center in Macon as part of “Macon Greatest,” a mural honoring some of the cities hometown celebrities including Otis Redding.
The city of Macon did @Jason_Aldean dirty with this mural, on the side of a Dollar General. pic.twitter.com/cPgU0xK1Iw
— Spencer Graves (@SpencerGraves) July 20, 2022
Many fans online began comparing the mural to a character from the cartoon show Beavis & Butthead.
Jason Aldean himself called into the Big D and Bubba Show on Thursday (July 21) to share his reaction to the mural. Aldean admitted to the radio show’s hosts that he had seen the mural and didn’t know who had commissioned it.
“I started seeing pictures of it popping up on Facebook. I think my dad sent it to me and he’s like, ‘This is cool. They just kind of did you dirty,” he laughed.
Aldean chose his words wisely as not to hurt the feelings of the artist and said, “I don’t wanna offend the artist, because like I said, I do appreciate the gesture, but I’m like, gosh man! Is that how people see me?”
Big D and Bubba joked that the portrait looked like a “parody photo” drawn at an amusement park or county fair.
“I can’t tell if you’re Beavis or Butt-Head,” the host joked.
“I saw a comparison today. They had the painting on the mural and then they had a picture of like, I think it was Beavis from Beavis and Butt-Head right beside it. It was pretty accurate,” Aldean laughed.
New mural "honouring" @Jason_Aldean in his hometown… ?? pic.twitter.com/KAsBBIyMEC
— Forman ??❤ (@TheeForman) July 19, 2022
Now, mural artist Shemika Bussey is revealing her thoughts on Aldean’s reaction. Speaking with KHOU11, Bussey said she was amused.
“I love the hate. I was laughing when he said his dad said I did him dirty,” she said. “I saw people have an opinion — everybody has a right to their opinion and I’m like, ‘That’s life,’ and in life, people love us or hate us.”
For now, Bussey is enjoying her 15 minutes of fame. She’s even holding a meet and greet at the mural site! Find out more info here.
As they say, “No press is bad press!”