The Morgan Wallen backlash rages on.
His fans may be opening their hearts and wallets in shows of support for the embattled Country star (as we reported here), but the industry at large is moving in the opposite direction.
As we previously posted , the 27-year-old saw backing snatched from his own record label as well as radio and television stations following the surfacing of a video that showed him drunkenly referring to his friend as the ‘n-word.’
And if distancing themselves from Wallen wasn’t enough, now his management team have joined the chorus of entities severing ties – one of many moves his sister suggests is just another nod to how cancel culture has negatively impacted the world.
“WME, his [management] agency, was unambiguous in severing ties entirely. These decisions fell on the heels of all the major radio chains, including the No. 1 chain iHeartRadio as well as Cumulus, and the CMT network, pulling him off the air. SiriusXM and Pandora also removed him from their services for the time being, While his music remains available via on-demand streaming services, Spotify, Apple Music and others removed him from their in-house playlists and front-page spots.
…Academy of Country Music Awards; the ACM barred him from even being on the ballots. The Country Music Association took him off its digital platforms, not boding well for how he might figure into that org’s fall awards season. Within 48 hours, there was almost no major country music platform or business associate of Wallen’s that hadn’t condemned and at least temporarily broken ties with the man with the biggest all-genre blockbuster of 2021 so far.”
As criticism of the incident endures, Wallen’s sister – Ashlyne – took to social media to defend him. In a lengthy statement lifted to Instagram over the weekend, she stated: