Wallen was caught on video using the “N” word
Morgan Wallen is under fire once again. This time, for using a racial slur after a night out in Nashville. TMZ has obtained footage of the country singer using the “N” word and other profanities as he arrived home Sunday night (Jan 31st) after partying with friends.
In a series of videos filmed by neighbors, Wallen and his friends arrive home around midnight where they began honking horns and talking loudly. As Wallen stumbles towards his house, he says, “Take care of this pussy ass motherfucker,” followed by, “Take care of this pussy ass n*****.”
Wallen apologized through TMZ, saying, “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.”
Fellow country singer Mickey Guyton, who is black, has spoken out in a series of tweets condemning Wallen’s behavior and apology, saying, “The hate runs deep. Smfh”
“How many passes will you continue to give? Asking for a friend. No one deserves to be canceled bu[t] this is unacceptable.”
“Promises to do better don’t mean shit.”
Many others have taken to Twitter to call him out, claiming fans should stop supporting him, and one even claiming he shouldn’t perform or record again.
Late Tuesday (Feb 2nd) night, Cumulus Media pulled Wallen’s music from their stations. EVP of programming Brian Philips and head of programming operations John Dimick sent a memo to all program directors for its 400 station cluster with the subject, “MORGAN WALLEN — EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.” The message — obtained by Variety — reads, “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.”
No word whether this is a permanent or temporary decision. More stations have followed. He’s also been removed from Spotify’s Hot Country playlist, among others.
Last spring, Wallen was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Downtown Nashville. He was not prosecuted due legal admission that “the charges cannot be proved or that evidence has demonstrated either innocence or a fatal flaw in the prosecution’s claim.”
Last fall, Wallen made news when he was asked not to perform on Saturday Night Live after social media posts showed him partying in Alabama without wearing a mask or practicing social distancing. He publicly apologized saying, “I’m in New York City in a hotel room, I was getting ready for SNL this Saturday, and I got a call from the show letting me know I will no longer be able to play, and that’s because of COVID protocols, which I understand. My actions this past weekend were pretty shortsighted, and they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams. I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy. I take ownership for this. I’d like to apologize to SNL, to my fans, to my team, for bringing me these opportunities. And I let them down.”
In December, Wallen made up for his canceled SNL appearance where he poked fun at the incident in his debut.
His record-shattering Dangerous: The Double Album continues to dominate the Billboard 200 Albums for the third straight week at No. 1, becoming the first country set to do so since 2015. On Rolling Stone’s Top 200 Albums chart the feat was mirrored, making Dangerous the first country album to lead two weeks in a row in the history of the chart.
Breaking global debut records for most first-week streams and on-demand Alexa requests of any country album on Amazon Music, Wallen also had the No. 1 most added artist station across all genres on Pandora, among the top 10 highest streamed artists of the week, upon its early January 2021 release. Wallen demolished first day streaming records, becoming Spotify’s biggest all-time first day stream record for a country album and setting the record for the biggest first day and biggest first week for a country album of all-time at Apple Music in just two days.