Five months after the footage was leaked where Morgan Wallen was caught using a racial slur, the country music star confesses ‘wrong’ to use the word and had to undergo therapy.
Morgan Wallen said in the Friday episode of Good Morning America, “I was around some of my friends, and we just … we say dumb stuff together,” referring to the video of him where he was seen using a racial slur that got leaked in February. “And it was — in our minds, it’s playful…that sounds ignorant, but if — that’s really where it came from– and it’s wrong.” Morgan, also said the footage was taken when he was on “hour 72 of a 72-hour bender” and that he checked himself into a rehab facility after the scandal. He said, “For 30 days, I spent some time out in San Diego, California — you know, just tryin’ to figure it out, ‘why am I acting this way? Do I have an alcohol problem? Do I have a deeper issue?’”
Morgan said during the GMA interview that he did not use the slur ‘frequently’ but in the past but when he did, it was used around a “certain group of friends” of his.
He also confessed he didn’t mean it any, in any derogatory manner at all. “It’s one of my best friends — he was, we were all clearly drunk — I was asking his girlfriend to take care of him because he was drunk and he was leaving.” The singer said he was “not sure” what made him think he could use that slur and blamed it on his ignorance. “I think I was just ignorant about it,” he said. “I don’t think I sat down and was, like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?’”
Morgan learned that it was clearly wrong to use it after the video got leaked. He was even dropped by his record label and talent agency, deemed ineligible for many prestigious music award shows, and his music was removed from multiple radio companies’ stations. Morgan also apologised, but the damage was already done. So, he attempted to make amends. He told GMA that while attempting to correct his wrongdoings, he spoke with many prominent figures and agencies — the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), record executive Kevin Liles, Universal Music Group’s chief inclusion officer and executive vice president Eric Hutcherson, and gospel singer BeBe Winans – to get a better perspective on why what he did was wrong.