Country radio quickly removing Morgan Wallen from playlists after racial slur

Brenda Watkins
February 4, 2021

"I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back".

Big Loud Records said in a statement posted to social media that Mr Wallen's contract had been suspended indefinitely.

Now he's been caught on video by a neighbor using the N-word.

In a video obtained by TMZ and posted late Tuesday (Feb. 2) night, Morgan Wallen is seen coming home from a night out when he uses a racial slur while speaking to his friend.

While Wallen's music is still found on Spotify, he's been removed from every playlist except his own. Republic Records, which partnered with Big Loud Records to put out Wallen's recent "Dangerous" album, supported the decision to suspend the contract, Big Loud Records announced in its statement.

Mr Wallen is one of the genre's biggest young stars, with his new record, Dangerous: The Double Album, spending three weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

In a similar statement, an ENTERCOM spokesperson told ALL ACCESS, "In light of MORGAN WALLEN's recent use of a racial slur, we've discussed the incident with our Country brand leadership team and together have made the decision to remove MORGAN's music from ENTERCOM's playlists".

Other music stars have faced backlash for using racial slurs or derogatory language. The 27-year-old is heard telling someone to look after his friend, whom he refers to using the N-word.

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In the past, country radio has sometimes ignored offensive behavior by male stars, even as female artists like the Chicks, formerly known as the Dixie Chicks, were removed from radio for criticizing the US president.

The video was reportedly captured by a neighbor's doorbell camera over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Cumulus Media - the nation's second largest radio network with more than 400 stations - removed Wallen's music nationwide as of midnight Tuesday, according to Variety. "There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever", he said.

Singer Jason Isbell tweeted that the country music industry should replace Wallen and give a Black artist the opportunity.

Since the story broke, fans of country music have been asking Bobby Bones to comment on the situation.

Singer Maren Morris criticised the country scene for not taking a stronger line against stars who hold racist views. I don't know, it's left me with less joy so I'm going to go try to work on that. In May, he was arrested and charged with public intoxication after being kicked out of Kid Rock's bar in Nashville.

Last October, he was disinvited from playing Saturday Night Live after he was videotaped partying and breaking COVID-19 safety protocols before his appearance. "We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse".

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