The Nashville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has extended an invitation to Morgan Wallen to join them for a conversation about his use of the N-word.
Nashville NAACP President Sheryl Guinn told Nashville’s WSMV that they are willing to discuss the situation with Wallen and educate him on why the word is so offensive.
“Even when you look at the other words that were spoken, that one has a certain venom to it that the words just don’t have,” Guinn told WSMV. “Because he was such a prominent celebrity and an artist here in Nashville – I mean he’s living here – we would love for him to have that conversation with us. I mean we invite him to come and have that conversation with us – the NAACP – as to why that word is so hurtful.”
Guinn’s statement comes as Wallen faces major backlash from the music industry in the wake of his use of the racial slur. On Wednesday (Feb. 3), his label, Big Loud, revealed that his recording contact 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.
This all came after Wallen was seen on video shouting profanities and using a racial slur outside of his Nashville-area home.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen shared in a statement to TMZ. “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.”
Wallen has yet to respond to the NAACP’s invitation or release any additional statements.