Morgan Wallen Dropped By Every Single Company Over the Use Of A Racial Slur
When people get to play on SNL, they are pretty famous, but I had never listened to any song from country star Morgan Wallen when he was the musical guest last year. Interestingly, he had been dropped by the show the first time when a video of him partying without a mask on was made public in October. He was reinvented to the show in November and the singer posted a video on social media explaining that ‘he was planning to work on himself’ and that he had ‘some growing up to do.’ He also had been arrested in May for public intoxication and disorderly conduct outside Kid Rock’s bar in downtown Nashville, cultivating his bad-boy attitude.
But Wallen is one of the hottest country stars of the moment, he has a number one US album this year, and a very large following… 2M on Instagram, what about that? And if his album ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ has a fourth week at the top of the album charts, this will set a record for consecutive weeks at No. 1, not seen by a country artist since Garth Brooks in the late ’90s.
However, Morgan Wallen just jeopardized everything 2 nights ago. He was caught on tape screaming the N-word, and other obscenities, after a rowdy-drunk night with friends, and, too bad for him, TMZ has the tape. Only one of his neighbors could have filmed him at this precise moment! He looked very drunk and whoever shot this knew that Wallen could drop a bomb at any moment – he very probably did it before – and that this video would be very damaging (and probably quite lucrative?).
His music has immediately been pulled from everything, Cumulus media, iHeartRadio, Entercom, the cable network CMT, the satellite service SiriusXM and the streaming services Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music. Big Loud, his Nashville-based label suspended his contract … indefinitely: ‘Team, unfortunately, country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow’ the company Cumulus media sent to the program directors of all of its 400-plus stations. Similarly, CMT tweeted: ‘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.’ And the Academy of Country Music also tweeted that they will halt Wallen’s potential involvement and eligibility for this year’s 56th Academy of Country Music Awards cycle’ since they do not ‘condone or support intolerance or behavior that doesn’t align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion.’ Diversity in country music?
Wallen produced some apologies to TMZ, more or less on the same tone than his previous ones, ‘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,’ but I am afraid it won’t work this time.
Of course, his die-hard fans will continue to support him and listen to his music, while saying he was drunk and was using the term as a ‘term of endearment’ among friends, but plenty of people are approving and applauding: ‘Country Music has now entered the 21st Century,’ wrote someone.
Morgan Wallen is an idiot, and at 27, he is strangely unaware of the current world’s consciousness. If good old country boys could get away with this type of behavior a few decades ago, a lot happened, especially this summer. Plus, calling a friend with the N-word while being drunk is probably not a mistake but a habit – people have unearthed a tweet of his from 2012, quoting a lyric by rapper Meek Mill: ‘I burn bread i aint talkin toast n***.’ But this is pointless. However, fellow country star Maren Morris seems to confirm the idea: ‘It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first “scuffle” and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse,’ she tweeted.
In 2012, Wallen should have known about the rules for the N-word, and in 2021? He has zero excuses. This word is deeply offensive and only Black rappers/comedians are allowed to use it, and not everyone even agrees on this special use: Chuck D called the word ‘a STD of vocabulary ….a ‘Slavery Transmitted Disease.’’ A smart analysis.
Wallen apparently likes to get drunk – this is not the first time – and I bet his neighbors were filming him because they were pissed off by the noise in the middle of the night. He dropped the racial slur, got caught, and got canceled. Is it extreme for one bad word? Oh sure in comparison to so many others! In comparison to the recent cancellation of Marilyn Manson and his tales of tortures, it may seem harsh. But we are living in a new world and he is probably paying for all the other ones who never got caught. Or is it just a matter of time? Luke Combs’ use of the confederate flag didn’t stay unnoticed, although it’s not clear if he is still using this guitar.
Wallen’s attitude just reinforces the clichés, one ugly side of country music that plenty of musicians would like to be a thing of the past. Black country singer-songwriter Priscilla Renea was confessing this to NPR just 2 years ago: ‘If you think about the kind of people that consume country music and tailgate and go to these concerts, it’s not an environment where black people feel welcome. So I don’t think it’s that black people don’t like country music or that they wouldn’t like to exist in that space, but I’m not going somewhere where I feel like I’m going to get beat up. It’s an ugly truth.’
At least, corporations have taken a firm stand this time.