And fellow country artists have begun to weigh in on the matter. Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini said a woman would be dropped immediately if they were in this situation, Mickey Guyton, Margo Price, Kyle Nix and others have condemned his behavior, and Jason Isbell has shared his thoughts as well.
Wallen’s behavior is disgusting and horrifying. I think this is an opportunity for the country music industry to give that spot to somebody who deserves it, and there are lots of black artists who deserve it. https://t.co/14B77zLgMR
Why does it matter what Jason thinks? Because Morgan recorded one of his most personal songs.
One of the bigger moments of Morgan’s career in the past two years has been his cover of Jason’s “Cover Me Up.” The song, which Morgan recorded for his new album, has become a favorite among Wallen fans, whether they know it’s a cover or not.
And sure, Morgan received some criticism for it, but Jason called it “really cool” that Morgan as covering the song.
Guys it’s really cool that @MorganWallen is singing my song. That’s what I’m trying to say. Everybody just relax. You’re about to have to deal with your family at the holidays. This isn’t a thing to stress over.
However, as a DEEPLY personal love song that Jason wrote for his wife Amanda Shires ahead of their wedding and shortly after his new found sobriety, you can’t help but feel pretty gross hearing Morgan Wallen sing it.
In light of his constant drunken escapades, the most recent of which resulted in him hollering a racial slur in his front yard after obnoxiously arriving home from another night of partying, you have to wonder how he can even sing it with a straight face.
Then again, who really knows the next time he’ll get the chance…