Country star Morgan Wallen has gotten a lot of second chances for his bad behavior, but it’s possible he might actually start experiencing some consequences after a video of him shouting slurs on his front lawn started circulating online.
TMZ shared footage recorded by Wallen's neighbors after he returned to his Nashville home on Sunday with some friends, making an enormous amount of noise.
In the video, Wallen shouts, "Take care of this p-ssy-ass motherf--ker...Take care of this p-ssy-ass n----r."
Country music lovers know Wallen well because his star has been on the rise, but most people probably heard about him for the first time when he was kicked off his Saturday Night Live spot after being filmed partying maskless during the part of the pandemic where people still acted like it was important not to do that. He was given his spot BACK just a few weeks later. Lesson learned?
But this incident will be harder to back off from. The second biggest radio chain in the U.S., Cumulus Media had ordered Wallen's music pulled from all of their playlists immediately and "without exception," according to Variety.
It's also disappeared from Spotify’s Hot Country playlist and the home page of Apple Music Country, according to The Daily Dot. Until now, Wallen's latest album has been on the Billboard 200 for weeks and had the biggest streaming ever for a country album.
TMZ shared an apology from Wallen:
"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."
Some country music singers have been expressing their disapproval of Wallen's racist language, either by acting like it's shocking or admitting that racism is an issue threaded throughout the country music industry:
Will these Wallen's shame actually stick this time? Or will it be more of a three strikes and you're still given a fourth and fifth chance?