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Is It Time to Forgive Morgan Wallen for His Racist Slur?

Darius Rucker believes it’s time to forgive Morgan Wallen for the racist slur he used back in 2021.

“I think Morgan’s become a better person since that. I’ve known Morgan a long time. Since all that happened Morgan’s tried to really better himself and become a better person,” Rucker shared on the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast.

While Rucker, known for his hit “Wagon Wheel,” is personally ready to forgive Wallen for the incident, he acknowledges that the music industry hasn’t done the same.

“He’s still not considered for CMAs and ACMs. They can say what they want, but the fact that Morgan Wallen is not up for Entertainer of the Year and those things is crazy. No one’s selling more tickets than Morgan,” Rucker explained.

In 2021, Wallen was caught on camera using a string of profanities, including the N-word.

Following the release of the footage, Wallen issued an apology, expressing his embarrassment and remorse.

“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. 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,” the country superstar said.

After the incident, Rucker admitted he was initially “shocked” to hear Wallen use the N-word.

“I know Morgan and I like Morgan. It’s one of those things where you know that all over the country, there’s a lot of people who use that word just flippantly,” said the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman on the People in the ’90s podcast.

“And even if they say they don’t mean it in a derogatory way, you just don’t use it. You don’t say it. It’s shocking how prevalent it is. Racism still lives. It lives strong in some people and it’s sad. It should be getting better and it’s getting worse,” Rucker added.

Source: Rolling Stone Music Now, People in the ’90s