Remember when Morgan Wallen was just that country music-singing guy who got temporarily cut from his Saturday Night Live job for kissing strangers and partying during a pandemic? It turns out that’s now the least of his professional reputation problems. Because Morgan Wallen recently outed himself as the type of person to casually drop the N-word.
Morgan’s first big single dropped in 2016 and it’s called “The Way I Talk.” And that is entirely too fitting because we’re all learning that the way he talks can be described as trash. TMZ got their hands on a video filmed on Saturday night, showing 27-year-old Morgan returning from a night out with friends in Nashville. Seeing Morgan out partying in the middle of a pandemic isn’t the shocking part of the video, of course (as we’ve all seen that before). It’s what he says in the video. As Morgan stumbles up the stairs to his house, he can be heard yelling to someone in his group to take care of one of their friends, a friend he describes as a “pussy-ass motherfucker” the first time and the second time he replaces the word “motherfucker” with the N-word.
It’s very clear what Morgan is saying in the video. So Morgan applied his one smart brain cell by owning up to what he said and apologized for saying it.
“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.”
Luckily for Morgan, his promise to “do better” won’t involve that much work or effort since the better version of himself is just a guy who doesn’t causally say the N-word. Not exactly a Sisyphean task, to be honest. After TMZ posted that video, many radio stations, and streaming platforms stopped playing his music. Cumulus Media, the second-largest radio chain in America, sent out a directive to the program directors of its 400-plus radio stations, informing them to remove Morgan Wallen from all playlists, effective immediately. There’s no mention of whether the ban will be temporary or not. Other radio stations are reportedly believed to follow suit and pull his songs from any programming blocks.
And he’s not having such a great time over on Apple Music or Spotify either. Morgan’s current album Dangerous: The Double Album has spent the past four weeks at the top of the country music charts. His face used to be plastered all over the home pages of Apple Music and Spotify, but not anymore:
As of late Tuesday night, Wallen did not appear anywhere among the dozens of photos or track listings or playlists on the home page of Apple Music Country, where observers said he had been featured earlier in the day. And his songs were no longer anywhere to be seen in Spotify’s list of 50 top Hot Country songs.
UPDATE: Morgan’s record label, Republic Records, has also suspended his contract indefinitely.
Like many, country stars Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton believe this is definitely not the first time the N-word came out of Morgan Wallen’s mouth:
It actually IS representative of our town because this isn’t his first “scuffle” and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless. We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) February 3, 2021
This is not his first time using that “unacceptable” racial slur and we all known that. So what exactly are y’all going to do about it. Crickets won’t work this time.
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) February 3, 2021
I’m guessing Morgan is currently scrolling through his phone, dialing every country star contact in an attempt to see who is still picking up, and begging them to put in a good word for him on Twitter. Because right now, he’s at the dangerous end of Reasons Why A Famous Person Needs To Issue An Apology. To be fair, with what he said, he’s looking at maybe a half-hearted retweet from his pal Kid Rock.