The fallout for country star Morgan Wallen has been swift and severe. Radio has pulled his music from rotation, and while his streaming numbers have managed to balloon in the few days since the musician uttered the n-word on camera, he’s already lost support from much of the music industry. In fact, his record label suspended him for the comments. Whether this is a death knell for Wallen’s career is unknown at this time, but the repercussions of Wallen’s language are already being felt.
Now, his sister has taken to social media to defend Morgan’s use of said racial slur. First reported on by our friends at Music Mayhem, Ashlyne Wallen posted on Instagram to defend her brother.
Wallen’s sister also had this to say about the situation:
“I know my brother. He is my best friend, and I know in my heart that it did not come from a place of hate or malicious intent. Should he have said it? No. But should he be given the opportunity to correct his mistake and learn from it? Yes. Morgan has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, he will welcome you with open arms and show you kindness. He is not the kind of person who would ever want to hurt anyone, but contrary to popular belief, he’s also human. And sometimes, human make big mistakes.”
As Music Mayhem also notes, Wallen was swiftly dropped from all CMA and CMT platforms, and has lost basically all radio support. This despite being one of the biggest country stars to arrive in some time. He’s also been deplatformed by his booking agency. This also isn’t the first time the musician has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Just last year, he was booted from his Saturday Night Live performance for partying maskless. And as Inside Hook notes, the musician at this point has issued more apologies than albums in the last 12 months.