Award-winning Country singer Morgan Wallen may have kicked off 2021 with the year’s biggest sales to date courtesy of his hotly-selling ‘Dangerous’ album, but thanks to a recently leaked video the 27-year-old has found himself going from Billboard 200’s #1 to public enemy #1.
TMZ first reported video captured Sunday night (January 31) that depicts Wallen hurling racial epithets at his drunken friend after returning from a night on the town in Nashville (as seen above).
Apparently intoxicated himself, the Country hitmaker is heard jokingly referring to his buddy as a ‘p*ssy a** m*therf*cker’ and ‘p*ssy a** n*****.’ Within moments of its arrival to TMZ, the video garnered thousands of views across the Web and took Wallen’s name to trending heights on social media.
In response, he quickly issued a statement:
“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” he said before continuing, “There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever.”
He finalized his address by saying:
“I want to sincerely apologize for using the word,” he added. “I promise to do better.”
The apology may be too little, too late as Country stations across the United States have already begun shelving his music and removing it from their respective playlists.
Over 400 radio stations in America were directed to remove all of Wallen’s hits from their daily programming immediately and “without exception.”
It is likely the backlash will continue in the days to come.