Morgan Wallen’s sister Ashlyne has come to her brother’s defense after the singer landed in major hot water for being caught on camera using racist and derogatory language.
Ashlyne, 26, took to her Instagram on Friday with a lengthy statement about her older brother, 27, and the ‘snowball effect of hate’ he has experienced since video leaked of him using the N-word to say goodbye to friends.
She said in the post that Morgan ‘has one of the biggest hearts,’ and that his behavior and language choice ‘did not come from a place of hate or malicious intent.’
Morgan Wallen’s sister Ashlyne has come to her brother’s defense after the singer landed in major hot water for being caught on camera using racist and derogatory language
‘There are 3 things you should ever do about a mistake: admit it, learn from it, and don’t repeat it,’ Ashlyne began her statement.
She then called out cancel culture, saying it is ‘the worst thing to come out of our digital world. It leaves no room for forgiveness and growth.’
She later added, ‘I do not believe the pure hate he has received is beneficial to the situation in anyway. There is criticism he is receiving that is positive and educational — this should continue to happen, as it will help him grow and learn from his mistake.
‘But, making a comment out of pure hatred about someone that you do not personally know, based on a short clip of him at a low point in his personal life, is unwarranted.’
Ashlyne took to her Instagram on Friday with a lengthy statement about her brother, and the ‘snowball effect of hate’ he has experienced since video leaked of him using the N-word
She said in the post that Morgan’s behavior and language choice ‘did not come from a place of hate or malicious intent’
Toward the end of her statement, Wallen appealed to her followers for a sense of compassion and understanding for her brother.
‘Please remember that he is a human being capable of doing good and bad, just like everyone else on this Earth. Believe me, he is well aware of his wrongdoing and will be making changes in his life to rectify his actions in any way that he can. But the way he is being portrayed at the moment is simply not who he is as a human being.’
Ashlyne’s statement comes after Morgan was suspended ‘indefinitely’ by label Big Loud last Wednesday.
Toward the end of her statement: Wallen appealed to her followers for a sense of compassion and understanding for her brother
‘Please remember that he is a human being capable of doing good and bad, just like everyone else on this Earth,’ Ashlyne wrote about Morgan; the siblings seen here on Instagram
He apologized after he was heard on tape casually using the N-word with friends, saying ‘There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever’ but the ensuing scandal has nonetheless continued.
Wallen’s music is now banned from iHeartMedia, Cumulus and and Entercom stations.
On Wednesday, his label Big Loud Records, said in a statement that it ‘has made the decision to suspend Morgan Wallen’s recording contract indefinitely’ after the shocking recording surfaced.
Republic Records, which he is co-signed to, said it agreed with Big Loud’s decision and said ‘such behavior will not be tolerated.’
Meanwhile, iHeart, the largest radio station group owner in the U.S. with more than 855 stations, has banned Wallen’s music from the airwaves, as have other large radio station owners Cumulus Media and Entercom.
Wallen was seen onstage at the Ryman Auditorium on January 12 in Nashville. He is one of country’s biggest young stars, but faces industry backlash after using a racial slur
‘In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent actions involving the use of a racial slur, we have made the decision to remove his music and content from our stations effective immediately,’ an iHeart spokesperson told Billboard.
Similarly, an Entercom representative told the magazine: ‘In light of Morgan Wallen’s recent use of a racial slur, we’ve discussed the incident with our country brand leadership team and together have made the decision to remove Morgan’s music from Entercom’s playlists.’
Cumulus Media, the nation’s second largest chain of stations, was the first to ban Wallen’s music. Together the companies run more than 1,500 radio stations.
A memo sent to Cumulus Media program directors read: ‘Team, unfortunately country music star Morgan Wallen was captured on video Sunday evening using a racial slur. Effective immediately we request that all of Morgan Wallen’s music be removed from our playlists without exception. More to follow.’
Wallen is one of the country genre’s biggest young stars, with his new record, ‘Dangerous: The Double Album,’ spending three weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart, but the reaction from the music industry has been swift.
The backlash came after Wallen was heard on a recording made by a neighbor and made public Tuesday, using the slur as he chatted with friends while returning to his Music City home.
The Sneedville, Tennessee native’s neighbor recorded the country artist as he came back to his house Sunday with friends, disturbing neighbors with loud noise and car horns.
Caught: Morgan Wallen’s neighbor recorded the country artist as he came back to his house Sunday with friends, disturbing neighbors with loud noise and car horns
Wallen was heard saying of an acquaintance, ‘Take care of this p**** ass n*****’ and ‘take care of this p**** ass mother******’ as he entered his abode.
Wallen, 27, apologized after he was heard on tape using the N-word in the recording
He was heard saying of an acquaintance, ‘Take care of this p**** ass n*****’ and ‘take care of this p**** ass mother******’ as he entered his abode.
‘I’m embarrassed and sorry,’ the country music artist, 27, told TMZ Tuesday. ‘I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back.’
He continued, ‘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.’
As of Wednesday morning, streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music also don’t have his songs in their most popular country music playlists, where normally Wallen had multiple songs from his new album.
The Tennessee-born singer has done a lot of public apologizing lately.
Wallen was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in May 2020 after getting kicked out of a downtown Nashville bar.
Wallen also made headlines last fall after his Saturday Night Live appearance was canceled after he broke protocols the show had in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country music industry faced harsh criticism on Twitter for propping up the performer amid a number of incidents prior to the latest
Wallen was seen in a TikTok clip not wearing a mask on two separate instances in Alabama, a bar and a party.
The Way I Talk singer issued an apology after he was scratched from performing on the NBC juggernaut, saying his actions were ‘pretty short-sighted’ and that he understood the reason why he was cut.
‘I respect the show’s decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy and I take ownership for this,’ said the 7 Summers performer, who was replaced by Jack White on the October broadcast.
Wallen told Entertainment Tonight after the incident said he has a better understanding of how to navigate life in the limelight.
‘I think I just gotta be aware that most of my actions… will be brought to light,’ Wallen said. ‘I don’t think I really truly understood the reach that I have.’
He subsequently appeared on the show later last year and appeared in a skit making fun of himself.
Other country stars criticized his actions publicly in light of the offensive recording that surfaced this week.
‘It actually IS representative of our town because this isn´t his first `scuffle´ and he just demolished a huge streaming record last month regardless,’ tweeted country star Maren Morris. ‘We all know it wasn’t his first time using that word. We keep them rich and protected at all costs with no recourse.’