The country music industry is distancing itself from Morgan Wallen after video surfaced Tuesday of the singer using the N-word and hurling other profanities outside his home in Nashville.
The 27-year-old “More Than My Hometown” artist was shown outside his home on Sunday night cursing and telling one of his friends to “take care of this p–ssy a– n—-r.” One of Wallen’s neighbors recorded his antics and handed the footage over to TMZ.
After the video went viral, the country star apologized.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better,” the singer told TMZ.
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Following the video’s release, Cumulus Media was the first outlet to pull Wallen’s music out of rotation.
According to Variety, the company sent out a directive to its 400-plus stations on Tuesday night saying, “Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.”
Other radio broadcasting companies including iHeartRadio, Entercom, SiriusXM and streaming services Pandora, Spotify and Apple Music have also removed his music from all official playlists.
On Wednesday morning, CMT announced on Twitter it was ending all ties with Wallen. “After learning of Morgan Wallen’s racial slur late last night, we are in the process of removing his appearances from all our platforms. We do not tolerate or condone words and actions that are in direct opposition to our core values that celebrate diversity, equity & inclusion,” the country music channel said.
The singer’s record label dumped him as well.
“In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s recording contract indefinitely,” the label said in a statement on Twitter.
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Country artist Mickey Guyton, who is Black, took to Twitter to say the music genre has a serious race problem.
“When I read comments saying ‘this is not who we are,’ I laugh because this is exactly who country music is. I’ve witnessed it for 10 gd years. You guys should just read some of the vile comments hurled at me on a daily basis. It’s a cold hard truth to face but it is the truth,” Guyton tweeted Wednesday.
This is not the first time Wallen has been in hot water for his antics.
Last October, Saturday Night Live shelved his scheduled musical appearance after video surfaced of him breaking COVID-19 protocols by partying without a mask, ignoring social distancing guidelines and kissing women at a bar in Alabama.
Still, SNL invited him to perform in December of last year.
The show even did a skit on his maskless partying with Wallen playing himself and apologizing through a song called “Focus on the Future.”