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Palmer Questions Town Councilor’s Appearance in Music Video


PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) — 22-year-old Adam Burns’ video “Pour It Back” has barely been online two days and has already started to cause a stir in Palmer.

The song talks about drinking and smoking. It also features Town Councilor Paul Burns, Adam’s father.

Some folks this it’s not Paul’s best judgment to be in his son’s music video.

“My response is that this is my family, and my son has a career, and he wants to pursue that career, and I think it’s important for me to respond and help him out in that career whenever possible,” said Paul.

“I mean, yes, that’s what the song is about. When I wrote it, that wasn’t ‘Let’s just write a song about being intoxicated.’ It reminds me of relaxing and unwinding. And that’s how you do it. You get your friends over, you have a couple drinks, and pour it back!” Adam smiled.

With schools and communities like Palmer constantly fighting substance abuse, is this video good for the town?

“I am not supporting underage drinking, underage drug abuse, or anything else. But there has to be a real distinction between the legal use of marijuana. We’re not talking about heroin, we’re not talking about cocaine,” stated Paul.

“I know most of my friends smoke on occasion and things like that. I can’t think there are that many people out there who haven’t done it, so, why judge?” Adam asked.

It’s not all backlash. In fact, a couple people on YouTube have expressed how much they liked the video, and Paul’s cameo.

Bottom line, Burns will continue to stand by his son.

“If I disagreed with the content, I certainly wouldn’t support it. But let’s face it. The content of this video is something that so many constituents and so many people in this world, at least if not are involved in, supportive of. The song, from what I saw, is about a party. So enjoy the party,” smiled Paul.

The alcohol in the video is just water.

Paul Burns feels that people really shouldn’t be that upset over marijuana use, especially since it has been decriminalized here in Massachusetts.

If you’d like to judge for yourself, here’s a link to the video. Please be warned there is some explicit language.

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