NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)– In his initial meeting in six months, disgraced country star Morgan Wallen stated it was oblivious of him to utilize a racial slur.

Throughout with Michael Strahan on ABC’s “Greetings America” on Friday, Wallen said he really did not use it in a demeaning manner, however it was still wrong.

Wallen was already among the genre’s most significant stars, with crossover hits like “Whiskey Glasses,” when the video was in February. Wallen previously apologized for using the slur and also radio terminals and streaming solutions briefly dropped him from playlists, yet his album.

He was disqualified from the Academy of Nation Music Honors, however continues to be qualified for numerous awards at the upcoming Country Songs Organization Honors. He has because returned to Signboard’s nation airplay graph with his initial single since the incident and his album, “Dangerous: The Dual Album,” stays the most preferred cd released this year throughout all genres.

Wallen informed Strahan that he had actually been consuming alcohol all weekend leading up to the evening in February.

“I was around some of my friends, and also we say dumb stuff with each other,” stated Wallen. “In our minds, it’s playful. That’s audios oblivious yet that’s really where it came from. As well as it’s incorrect.”

He denied using the term regularly and stated he only used it around a specific group of friends.

After Strahan clarified some of the historic context behind the term, Strahan asked Wallen directly whether he comprehended why it makes Black people so distressed.

“I don’t recognize exactly how to place myself in their shoes due to the fact that I’m not, you understand, however I do recognize,” Wallen said. “Specifically when I claim that I’m using it playfully, or whatever, ignorantly, I comprehend that should seem like ‘He does not understand.'”

Wallen claimed considering that the case he required time off and also mosted likely to rehab. When cd sales increased complying with the industry’s condemnation of him, he decided to give away around $500,000 to organizations consisting of Black Music Action Union.

C and w has been coming to grips with attending to variety in a genre that has long been dominated by white male musicians, but Wallen’s actions have actually brought the problem to the leading edge. This year, another leading nation star Luke Combs for his past use the Confederate flag.

When asked if c and w overall had a trouble with race, Wallen responded, “It would certainly appear this way, yeah. I haven’t actually sat and thought regarding that.”

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