Jimmie Allen Speaks Out After Morgan Wallen’s Use Of Racial Slur: ‘Forgiveness is More Powerful Than Abandonment’

Days after Morgan Wallen was caught on camera using the N-word outside of his Nashville-area home, fellow country artist Jimmie…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 6, 2021


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Jimmie Allen; Photo by Dustin Haney

Days after Morgan Wallen was caught on camera using the N-word outside of his Nashville-area home, fellow country artist Jimmie Allen is sharing his thoughts on the situation. 

After receiving Tweets urging him to respond earlier in the week, Allen shared that he was still collecting his thoughts before he addressed everything on social media. 

“I take a few days to process before I reply or speak on anything,” the “Best Shot” singer explained via Twitter on Friday (Feb. 5). “Logical thoughts for me takes time.” 

The following day, Allen took to the social media platform to share a message about forgiveness. While he did not directly mention Morgan Wallen, it’s clear that his Tweets were in reference to him. 

“Forgiveness is more powerful than abandonment. Our job as humans is to help each other be the best version of themselves,” Allen wrote. “It’s not about what is easiest….it’s about what is right. In order to receive forgiveness, we must give forgiveness.”

Two hours later, he returned to Twitter with another message about facing consequences in the aftermath of mistakes. 

“Accountability is very important..we all must be held accountable for our actions,” he wrote. “Looking over my life and my mistakes I remember the consequences I had to face, but I also remember the people that didnt give up me and were willing to help me DO better. Thankful for those people.” 

For the most part (and at the time of the publication of this article), Twitter users applauded Allen for his stance on the situation.

“Jimmie this is why you are such an amazing artist and a great guy. Keep being a role model,” one user wrote. 

“This. This is what we need more of in the world. I’m glad you took your time to collect your thoughts. Because this is really powerful. Thank you for sharing,” another added. 

Others disagreed. 

“If he was actively trying to be better it’d be a different story, but he doesn’t care,” one Twiter user wrote. 

While another added, “It’s fine you feel that way, but I won’t forgive him.” 

Wallen has faced extensive backlash following his use of the racial slur. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), his label, Big Loud, revealed that his recording contract has been suspended indefinitely. Additionally, his music was pulled from hundreds of radio stations across the country and removed from major playlists across various DSPs. The Academy of Country Music revealed that he is ineligible for the upcoming ACM Awards and will not be invited to participate in the show. His content and appearances were also removed from CMT and the Country Music Association and on Thursday, Wallen was dropped by his booking agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME).

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.