Morgan Wallen has been suspended from his record label and his songs are being pulled from hundreds of radio stations across America, following a racial incident that was caught on video.
iHeartMedia and Cumulus Media – the two biggest radio station groups in the U.S. – pulled his music from the airwaves along with CMT after the 27-year-old was captured using the ‘N’ word in a video broadcast by TMZ.com on Tuesday.
In the video, Wallen and some friends arrive at his house after a night out and were reportedly blasting horns and attracting the attention of neighbours. The singer is seen pointing at one of his drunken friends and repeatedly shouting the ‘N’ word.
A statement issued by his label Big Loud Records said: “In the wake of recent events, Big Loud Records has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s recording contract indefinitely. Republic Records fully supports Big Loud’s decision and agrees such behaviour will not be tolerated.”
After the video emerged, Wallen apologised, saying: “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.” He added: “I want to sincerely apologise for using the word. I promise to do better.”
But further consequences have since hit the singer, with the Academy of Country Music announcing that it will “halt” his “involvement and eligibility” at the 2021 ACM Awards.
In a statement, they said: “The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behaviour that doesn’t align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and inclusion. We have made his management team aware of this decision.”
It is the latest incident to involve the singer. Shortly before a recent scheduled appearance on American TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’, video surfaced of Wallen partying in a bar without wearing a mask, and kissing several women. He was subsequently axed from the show.
Update – Sat 6 Feb 2021:
The fallout from Wallen’s racial slur continues… Less than 48 hours after TMZ.com published the video of the country singer hurling the racist slur at a friend, talent-booking agency William Morris Endeavours has now dropped Wallen from their roster. The company were responsible for securing public appearances for the singer, including tour dates.
Last Updated: Sat 6 Feb 2021, 12:03pm