Morgan Wallen is getting the kitchen sink thrown at him right now, and deservedly so.
After video surfaced of his drunk ass yelling a racial slur outside of his house in the middle of the night, he’s been suspended indefinitely by his record label, been removed by nearly all of the major radio stations including iHeart, Cumulus, and Entercom, as well as CMT and Spotify/Apple-curated playlists. Finally, he will also be ineligible to win any ACM Awards this year.
But at the end of the day, we don’t build a better America, and a better country music community, solely by punishing… we also build it by educating.
Which is why Nashville NAACP President Sheryl Guinn has offered to meet with Morgan Wallen, in private or in a group setting, to personally explain to him the offensiveness behind that word, the pain that it causes, and educate him as to the error of his ways.
According to TMZ, Guinn says that this could be a huge turning point for Wallen, a chance to do something “truly progressive and impactful.”
“Apologizing is a good start, but saying sorry doesn’t mean a thing if he doesn’t work to fix the issue that led to him dropping the n-word so casually… some people are under the impression they can use the n-word if they think it’s not being used in an offensive manner, but obviously, that’s not the case.”
She also says the meeting would not be about “condemnation… but about love.”
Honestly, this sounds like the first step in the right direction for Morgan. The dude clearly needs some kind of life coach to help him grab hold of his life right now, but if he doesn’t understand why the use of this word is wrong, Sheryl sounds like the perfect candidate to graciously sit his ass down and explain it to him.
Morgan issued a quick apology to TMZ when the news broke, however, it’s pretty clear that he’s going to have to work a lot harder if he wants to have a place in country music again.
“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.”