Morgan Wallen shook the country music world – and the country – when a recent video surfaced of him using a racist slur. In the video, he told a friend, “take care of this (expletive) N-word,” referring to another person he was with.

“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen said in a statement after the video was posted by TMZ. “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.” He has since released a more detailed apology, met with Black organizations and asked followers to stop defending him.

After the TMZ video made waves, the condemnations poured in. The Academy of Country Music Awards halted Wallen’s “potential involvement and eligibility” in this year’s awards cycle. The Country Music Association removed his digital content from their platforms. Big Loud Records suspended his recording contract and his agency, William Morris Endeavor, dropped him. Some country artists like Mickey Guyton, Yola, Jason Isbell and Maren Morris spoke out against him.

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