Country superstar Morgan Wallen has moved from the highest highs – he was at the top of the country music charts for the past few months – to its lowest lows after being caught on a video titled “N-Word” .
Less than 24 hours after the video was posted on the TMZ celebrity gossip website, Wallen was “suspended indefinitely” from his music label Big Loud Records. In addition, several country music channels in the US have removed him from their playlists.
“Following recent events, Big Loud Records has decided to suspend Morgan Wallen’s record deal indefinitely,” the Nashville-based label said in a statement that included partner Republic Records’ release. “Republic Records fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees that such behavior will not be tolerated.”
Corus Radio, iHeartMedia and other radio station networks quickly followed.
“We have suspended Morgan Wallen playing on our stations until further notice,” said a Corus Radio spokesman.
“Given Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of a racist bow, we have decided to remove its music and content from our stations with immediate effect,” said an iHeartMedia representative.
The video of 27-year-old Wallen, reportedly recorded late Sunday night in Nashville, shows the country music star apparently drunk and screaming explosions at his friends – including the racist bow.
Wallen made a statement Tuesday night, apologizing and saying he was “embarrassed”.
“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial fraud that I would like to take back,” he said. “There are no excuses ever to use this type of language. I sincerely apologize for the use of the word. I promise to do better. “
Other country artists called Wallen on social media, including black musician Mickey Guyton.
“The hatred goes deep,” she wrote. “How many passes will you continue to give? Ask for a friend. Nobody deserves to be canceled [but] this is unacceptable. Promises to do better don’t mean s-t, ”she wrote in a series of tweets. “It’s not his first time using this ‘unacceptable’ racial fraud, and we all know it. What exactly are you going to do about it? Crickets won’t work this time. “
“When I read comments that say, ‘This is not who we are,’ I laugh because that’s exactly country music. I’ve seen it for 10 years, ”wrote Guyton. “You should read just some of the vile comments that are hurled at me every day. It’s a cold hard truth, but it’s the truth. “
Country star Maren Morris agreed with Guyton.
This is not the first time that Wallen’s behavior has cost him.
Last October sketch comedy show Saturday night live nailed Wallen’s appearance as a musical guest after the release of a TikTok video in which the country star went mask-free at a crowded house party that didn’t involve social distancing. He eventually appeared on the show on December 5th – possibly for the last time.
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