Morgan Wallen Scandal

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Jada Moore, Editor

Little did Morgan Wallen know, one word would change his whole life. 

After releasing his very popular album “Dangerous”, Morgan Wallen and a few of his buddies went out to celebrate this huge accomplishment. After a few too many beers, Morgan and his friends found themselves back at home. Unfortunately for him, one of his neighbors happened to be filming and caught him drunkenly saying a vulgar statement, the n-word, to his buddy.  This video spread like wildfire, and did not end well. Daily Best wrote, “Wallen admitted he sometimes used the slur around that ‘certain group of friends,’ but denied that he used the N-word frequently. ‘It just happened,’ he attempted to explain. He says that he and his friends always say dumb stuff when together as they did in the video.  He states, ‘In our minds it’s playful, you know? That sounds ignorant, but that’s really where it came from. And it’s wrong.’

After this video circulated, Morgan took a long break from music and social media to focus on himself. During this break he completed a 30-day rehab, made apology videos, and met with black music executives and civil rights organizations. He also withdrew from one of the biggest annual country festivals, Country Thunder. During his apology video, Morgan says, “The video you saw was me on hour 72 of a bender and that’s not something I’m proud of either.” He follows that with, “I let so many people down who have given so much to me and it’s just not fair. I let my parents down and they’re the furthest thing from the person in that video.” 

After going off the grid for a while, Morgan agreed to his first interview back with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America. Morgan begins to tell Strahan that a couple of his buddies were in town for a few days, so they decided to go hard for the few days they were there. Morgan then goes on to say. A little deeper into the interview Strahan asks him if he knows the history of the word and he explains how he does and how he’s never felt the pain of being an African American in today’s society. Wallen states, “I haven’t seen that with my eyes, that pain or that insignificant feeling or whatever it makes you feel.” He then follows that with, “My album was already doing well… Me and my team noticed that when this incident happened there was a spike in my sales so we tried to calculate what the number was of how much and we got to a number somewhere around 500,000 and decided donate it to some organizations B MAC being the first” (Good Morning America).

Because actions have consequences, Morgan was suspended from his record label, almost every radio station refused to play his music, and he was dropped by his booking agent.  Morgan now understands the significance of the n-word, and hopes to move on with his life as a different man.