Morgan Wallen Gets Dropped By Label And Radio After Racial Slur
On Wednesday, the country music industry made it clear that Morgan Wallen no longer has their support after his use of offensive language. Wallen has not only been dropped by his label and many radio stations— he's also been barred from awards eligibility. Find out more here!
Morgan Wallen's career is taking a significant hit after the singer was caught using offensive language earlier this week, including a racial slur. As Entertainment Tonight reports, a video clip surfaced on Tuesday of an inebriated Wallen saying inappropriate things after coming home from a night out, and the country music industry has now taken a stand against his behaviour.
Wallen's suspension from label announced on Twitter
Wallen has officially lost the support of both Big Loud Records and Republic Records, which distributed his music. "In wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen's recording contract indefinitely," the label announced on Wednesday via Twitter. "Republic Records fully supports Big Loud's decision and agrees such behavior will not be tolerated."
The country star's music will no longer be played on the radio either, as iHeartRadio has shared with Entertainment Tonight. "In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of a racial slur, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations effective immediately," they stated. SiriusXM and Pandora have also come forward to say they also won't be streaming Wallen's songs.
Wallen gets called out by country music stars online
Wallen expressed his regret for the offensive incident shortly after it happened, releasing a statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight. "I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back," he said. "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."
However, Wallen's inappropriate comments caused many country singers— including Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerini, and Maren Morris— to speak out against him on social media. "This is not his first time using that "unacceptable" racial slur and we all known that," Guyton tweeted. "So what exactly are y’all going to do about it. Crickets won’t work this time."
Wallen shut out of 2021 ACM Awards eligibility
Wallen has been quickly shut out by the country music industry after his actions came to light. As Entertainment Tonight mentions, CMT announced that they are removing his video appearances. The Country Music Association also made a similar statement, explaining that they are "removing his digital content from our platforms."
In addition, Wallen has been barred from any potential awards recognition by the Academy of Country Music at this year's ceremony. "The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behavior that doesn’t align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion," the organization said on Instagram.
Wallen also found himself at the centre of controversy as a result of his actions last year. Back in October, he was slated to appear as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live, but ultimately ended up being replaced by Jack White after violating COVID-19 protocols by going out and partying.