Morgan Wallen was using racial slur ‘playfully,’ but knows it’s wrong

“I was around some of my friends, and we just … we say dumb stuff together,” Wallen informed Strahan. “And it was — in our minds, it’s playful … that sounds ignorant, but it — that’s really where it came from … and it’s wrong.”

The increasing nation star right away released an apology after the video went public.

“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen stated in a declaration at the time. “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.”

However there was still reaction, including his label suspending his recording agreement forever, radio pulling his music, his disqualification from some music awards reveals and fellow artists like Maren Morris condemning the occurrence.

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Wallen informed Strahan it’s not a word he’s utilized regularly in the past, however had actually utilized it around particular good friends prior to that night in January.

The artist stated he didn’t have a clear understanding at the time.

“I think I was just ignorant about it,” he stated. “I don’t think I sat down and was, like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?'”

Ever Since, Wallen stated he’s attempted to much better inform himself and has actually had discussions with the Black Music Action Union (BMAC), a company produced to fight bigotry in the music market.

And he informed Strahan he comprehends why the word is so upsetting to Black individuals.

“I don’t know how to put myself in their shoes because I’m not, but I do understand,” Wallen stated. “Especially when I say I’m using it playfully or whatever, ignorantly, I understand that that must sound, you know, like, ‘He doesn’t understand.'”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.