OFFSTAGE: Why Can’t Zac Brown Roll a Big Fat One?

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“Fat,” per se, is not a swear word, right? So then explain to me why someone at country radio felt it was inappropriate and removed it from one of my very favorite summer songs by the Zac Brown Band, “Toes.” When I heard that song on the radio yesterday (while I literally had my toes in the water, mind you) and he got to the part about how he’s going to “lay in the hot sun and roll a big fat one and grab my guitar and play,” the word “fat” had magically disappeared. So it just went, “roll a big (pause) one.” Whether Brown is rolling a big one or a big fat one, no one is fooling anyone. We all know what he’s talking about rolling. So why that word, of all words, when it’s so benign? Later on in the song he sings about rum and Jaeger and PBR, but I suppose you can’t censor references to drugs that are legal. Then again, Brown’s not singing that he’s going to roll a big fat marijuana joint. He could be hand-rolling a big fat cigarette. Since he doesn’t come out and specify any illegal substances, I think we should just leave the song alone. You?