“I was around some of my friends, and we just … we say dumb stuff together,” Wallen informed Strahan. “And it was — in our minds, it’s playful … that sounds ignorant, but it — that’s really where it came from … and it’s wrong.”
The rising nation star instantly issued an apology after the video went public.
“I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back,” Wallen mentioned in an announcement on the time. “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.”
But there was nonetheless backlash, together with his label suspending his recording contract indefinitely, radio pulling his music, his disqualification from some music awards reveals and fellow artists like Maren Morris condemning the incident.
Wallen informed Strahan it’s not a phrase he is used steadily prior to now, but had used it round sure pals previous to that evening in January.
The artist mentioned he did not have a transparent understanding on the time.
“I think I was just ignorant about it,” he mentioned. “I don’t think I sat down and was, like, ‘Hey, is this right or is this wrong?'”
Since then, Wallen mentioned he is tried to higher educate himself and has had conversations with the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), a corporation created to battle racism within the music trade.
And he informed Strahan he understands why the phrase is so hurtful to Black folks.
“I don’t know how to put myself in their shoes because I’m not, but I do understand,” Wallen mentioned. “Especially when I say I’m using it playfully or whatever, ignorantly, I understand that that must sound, you know, like, ‘He doesn’t understand.'”