Morgan Wallen is the 28-year-old country singer who got booted from Saturday Night Live because he was a Covidiot and then got booted from everything else because he got caught slinging the N-word casually with his friends. Morgan is now in damage control mode and during an interview with Michael Strahan for Good Morning America, he talked about how he’s learned so much and what the N-word means to him, or whatever. He explained his use of the word as “playful.” So I think we all can expect his next album to be called Playful Racism: An Apology to Black People.
After a video came out in February of Morgan Wallen calling one of his friends the N-Word, he was dropped from radio stations and the Billboard Music Awards after he was caught saying the N-word back in February. On GMA today, Morgan told Michael that the drunken slur “just happened,” and that this particular group of friends love the N-word. He said that while he did not “frequently” use the word, he admitted that when he did say it, it was around this “certain group of friends” of his.
“I was around some of my friends, and we just … we say dumb stuff together… And it was–in our minds, it’s playful… that sounds ignorant, but it–that’s really where it came from… and it’s wrong.”
The last three words he used are the only ones that made sense. Morgan claimed he “didn’t mean it any, in any derogatory manner at all.” In fact, Morgan said it in a loving way because Morgan was telling a drunk friend’s girlfriend to take care of him. Awww!
“It’s one of my best friends–he was, we were all clearly drunk–I was askin’ his girlfriend to take care of him because he was drunk and he was leavin.”
Morgan went on to tell Michael that he was “not sure” what made him comfortable enough to use the slur:
“I think I was just ignorant about it. I don’t think I sat down and was, like, “Hey, is this right or is this wrong?””
Morgan detailed his manager calling him and asking “Are you sittin’ down?” when the video leaked and his career got railroaded. Morgan said after the video came out, he went to a friend’s house “in the middle of nowhere,” to think. He further explained that he said the word after going on a 72-hour bender and he later checked himself into rehab:
“For 30 days, I spent some time out in San Diego, California–you know, just tryin’ to figure it out … why am I acting this way? Do I have an alcohol problem? Do I have a deeper issue?”
And when sales for his album Dangerous: The Double Album spiked after he got caught saying the N-Word, he donated money to Black Music Action Coalition:
“Before this incident my album was already doing well. It was already being well-received by critics and by fans. Me and my team noticed that whenever this whole incident happened that there was a spike in my sales. So we tried to calculate what the number of–how much it actually spiked from this incident… We got to a number somewhere around $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations–BMAC being the first one.”
As for whether or not the country music industry has a race problem? Wallen shared, “it would seem that way, yeah,” before adding, “I haven’t really sat and thought about that.”
Here’s Morgan’s GMA interview:
You can tell that Morgan is being serious because he’s wearing a serious blazer and he’s furrowing his brow. He cares. He’s grown and he’s learned, and Morgan is the least racist person ever. He’s just a playful guy. The same can be said of Megyn Kelly! She only busts out the blackface for the holidays–that’s playful!