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Mar 10, 2012 7:48 PM by Maddie Garrett

New T-Shirts Tout Controversial Song Title "Registered Coonass"

A popular song that stirred up some controversy on Acadiana's airwaves is now taking the next step into merchandise.

It started last week when Acadiana attorney and cajun culture advocate, Warren Perrin, threatened to file an FCC complaint against radio station KBON for playing Jamie Bergeron's song RCA (Registered Coonass). To fight back, and per fan's requests, Bergeron said he's now selling a new line of t-shirts touting the controversial title.

Friday night at a show in New Iberia wasn't a debut for Bergeron's song RCA, but it was the first release of his new t-shirts.

"We think they're awesome!" said Lauren Agbert and Rachael Curtis.

"I like it, I love it, they selling them like hotcakes," said Michelle Touchet, after buying one of the shirts.

Bergeron said he decided to print the shirts after the recent controversy surrounding his song RCA.

"If you look back on all the Facbeook messages and stuff, we've had almost a 98% support I would say, through all the comments and everything. And we've had a lot of requests to do t-shirts or go back to bumper stickers so I did it," said Bergeron.

Singing along and buying the shirts, fans are showing their support in more ways than one.

"That's why I have it (shirt) on because I'm proud of it. It's a very nice shirt and it stands for me, a coonass," said Touchet.

As for that FCC complaint, Perrin has said he still plans to file it. But that isn't stopping Bergeron or his fans.

"As for going to the FCC with KBON I think that is ridiculous. They are the only station that plays our guys' music, our locals guys. And we like the station," said Touchet.

"I didn't resurface the word, the word is there, it's used I hear, I use it, people use it around me. It's not a degrading word, that's who we are, that's who I am," said Bergeron.

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