Earlier this month country music star Morgan Wallen found himself in hot water for dropping the N-word on camera. Now, legendary singer and songwriter Vince Gill is speaking out about the Morgan Wallen scandal and sharing his views on racism and country music.
Vince Gill Debuts New Song About Racism In America
The Country Music Hall of Famer sat down with “CBS This Morning” for a “Unifying America” segment yesterday.
Before we dive into Vince Gill’s personal commentary on “racism” and “cultural appropriation,” you need to give his new song “March On, March On” a listen. The Grand Ole Opry star debuted the song during his segment.
Gill says he wrote the song about the history of racism in America and “the ongoing fight against” it.
You can watch Vince Gill perform his new song “March On, March On” in the tweeted video below.
WATCH: Country artist Vince Gill (@VGcom) plays a brand new, unreleased song he recently wrote about the ongoing fight against racism in America.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 17, 2021
Vince Gill Talks About Conservatives And Morgan Wallen N-Word Scandal
In the “CBS This Morning” interview, Gill said that country music has a reputation of being only for conservatives, and being unwelcome to people with other beliefs.
“Most people perceive that country music is extremely conservative and I’m not sure if that’s true,” Gill explained. “Maybe the audience might be predominantly conservative, but I don’t know that the artistry is; that the community is so there’s a rub in there.”
Gill, 63, later described the Wallen controversy as “disappointing” because it will perpetuate negative stereotypes about country music.
“It was just sad and disappointing because I knew that everyone was going to massacre country music,” he said.
“White America, when they make the argument ‘I hear it in rap music all the time’… have you not been paying attention to the last 300 or 400 years how that word has been used by the white community?” Gill added. “It’s derogatory, dismissive and hurtful. It doesn’t have a place.”
Gill also touched on the uphill battle that he feels women in country music face.
“Women in country music could make the same claim, to some degree, that Black artists could. That they haven’t been made to feel welcome,” he said. “I don’t know. I wish I knew, you know, because I’m someone that adores what they do and I think we would be better for it.”
Morgan Wallen’s N-Word Scandal
Wallen was caught on camera by a neighbor earlier this month saying the n-word after returning home from a drunken night out. Video of the incident was published for all the world to see in a TMZ exclusive.
The 27-year-old singer immediately issued a apology in the hopes of doing damage control.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry,” he said. “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.”
The damage, however, was already done.
Since the scandal broke, Wallen has been dropped by his record label, banned from many radio stations, and disqualified from the 2021 ACM Awards.
A PR expert called his outburst “lethally stupid” and predicted the rising star will face a two-year career setback.
Country music may not only be for conservatives, but it is the one branch of the entertainment world that accepts conservatives at all.
It would be a shame if country music goes full woke, and starts submitting to the left at every turn just like every other part of the entertainment world does.
For any fans out there feeling discouraged about the state of country music, here’s a little George Straight “Heartland” to get you through.