Morgan Wallen Billboards Pop Up In Nashville Declaring Him “Fan’s Choice” Despite ACM Ban For Racial Slur
Country Music star Morgan Wallen just got some good news as billboards supporting him have gone up all over Nashville after n-word scandal.
Country music star Morgan Wallen just got some much-needed good news as six, fan-funded billboards supporting him have gone up all over Nashville, Tennessee days before the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) are set to take place.
— Darlene Sullivan (@Darlene22191912) April 13, 2021
Wallen’s N-Word Scandal
Wallen was deemed ineligible for the ACMs this year after video leaked of the 27-year-old singer saying the N-word in February, according to Fox News.
The ACM released a statement at the time saying that they had barred “Wallen’s potential involvement and eligibility for this year’s 56th Academy of Country Music Awards cycle.”
“The Academy does not condone or support intolerance or behavior that doesn’t align with our commitment and dedication to diversity and dedication,” the statement read, before the ACM pledged to “expedite” diversity training available to the “country music artist community.”
Wallen was also suspended by his record label Big Loud Records. And big radio chains like iHeartRadio pulled his songs from stations.
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The 56th annual ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, take place April 18. They will air from three iconic Nashville venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, the historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe.
Pro-Wallen Billboards Pop Up
Country Now reported that at least six billboards supporting Wallen have gone up in busy areas of Nashville.
The billboards each feature an outline of Wallen’s face along with the caption, “His Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. Support that boy from ‘East Tennessee!'”
The signs also include the phrase “gaht” which is often used by Wallen and is meant to be a reference to “Mark 11:25,” a bible verse that is about forgiveness.
Few details have come to light about where these billboards originated. But, they are said to be operated by Lamar Advertising.
Their logo appears on the structures that are underneath them. Fox contacted representatives for the advertising company for a comment, but they did not get any response.
A fan who wished to remain anonymous told Music Mayhem that Wallen’s fans had rallied behind him in the wake of this scandal.
They reportedly planned to raise just enough money to buy one billboard. But, their efforts were so successful that they ended up with enough money to purchase six.
Wallen did apologize in the wake of this incident. However, that did little to satisfy the bloodlust of the cancel culture mob that was coming for him.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry,” Wallen said at the time. “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.”
He also posted a video apology below:
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What Wallen did was wrong, but he has atoned for it and more than paid for his mistake.
We all have slip-ups in life as humans, and second chances are important.
We’re glad to see that these billboards are up, and we hope that they are indicative of Wallen being given a second chance in the future.