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Morgan Wallen performance at the Billboard Music Awards

September 13, 20224 Mins Read
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Morgan Wallen performance at the Billboard Music Awards has been slammed in the wake of his racial slur controversy.

While recognising a Black activist and emphasising the horrible massacre of Black people in Buffalo, New York, several viewers chastised the awards programme for also honouring the country music.
Morgan Wallen, the country artist, returned to the awards show stage for the first time since his racist insult fiasco at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but several viewers were enraged by the efforts to “un-cancel” him.

The 29-year-old Tennessee native was caught on film uttering the N-word in February 2021, and it’s been over a year since. Wallen’s music was briefly removed from radio stations and his recording contract with Big Loud Label was suspended following the response to the video.

Morgan Wallen, the country artist, returned to the awards show stage for the first time since his racist insult fiasco at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but several viewers were enraged by the efforts to “un-cancel” him.

The 29-year-old Tennessee native was caught on film uttering the N-word in February 2021, and it’s been over a year since. Wallen’s music was briefly removed from radio stations and his recording contract with Big Loud Label was suspended following the response to the video.
Wallen remained silent during his performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where he sang “Don’t Think Jesus” and “Wasted on You” and was subsequently awarded the best country male artist award.

“One of the things I’m doing directly is un-canceling the cancelled,” stated host Sean “Diddy” Combs in an interview with Billboard days before the ceremony.

“The show’s tone is one of love and forgiveness. “As a musical family, none of us are saints; none of us are immune to life’s tribulations,” he remarked.

“Travis (Scott) had a tragedy, and Morgan [used the N-word] while talking to his son,” he said. “People make errors. Now we’re going forward with compassion and respect for everyone who has been harmed or impacted. It’s time to let go. Morgan and Travis were able to return to the stage and touch it again with the idea of receiving a second shot at life.”

Some viewers were offended by Wallen’s performance as well as Diddy’s decision to “un-cancel” him.

“Sorry, we don’t support racists, next…” commented one Twitter user.

“Morgan Wallen is a white man who was caught on tape using the n-word, yet Diddy believes it’s worth ‘uncancelling’ him? It isn’t about the cancellation culture. It’s all about Morgan Wallen being a jerk “someone else tweeted

Giving Wallen a platform felt especially tone deaf to some Twitter users since the ceremony honoured Tamika Mallory, a Black social justice campaigner. The programme also alluded to the ten-person shooting that occurred Saturday in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, which authorities are calling a hate crime and in which the majority of the victims were Black.

“Diddy ‘uncanceling’ Morgan Wallen and having him perform at the concert while honouring Tamika Mallory a REVOLT Black Excellence Award for her devotion to activism makes no sense,” one Twitter user commented.
“The Billboard Music Awards giving an entire speech on the horrific shooting in Buffalo just for Morgan Wallen to sing two songs 15 minutes later lmfao what a farce,” one audience member tweeted.

“Morgan Wallen just collected the Billboard Award for best male country singer like no one gives a damn if he uses the N-word casually,” another commented.

“Are you allowing Mr Racist to win?” questioned one Twitter user.

Following the scandal, Wallen posted a video apology on his Instagram account last year, claiming that he uttered the phrase during a 72-hour binge.

“I was mistaken. It’s up to me to take responsibility for this, and I completely accept any consequences,” he stated.

“I’ll confess to y’all, I was really anxious to accept those invites from the exact folks I offended,” he said of meeting with unidentified Black leaders and members of the Black community following the issue.

“I left those conversations with a great respect for them and a better grasp of the gravity of my remarks.” I wish the conditions had been different for me to learn these lessons, but I’m grateful it began the process.

Despite the incident, Wallen’s music has been a smash, earning him awards for top Billboard 200 artist, top country artist, and top country male artist at the Billboard Music Awards. The vocalist of “7 Summers” is now on tour, which will finish in September.

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