Justin Bieber Apologizes For Endorsing Morgan Wallen’s Music Following Racial Slur Scandal
WASHINGTON — Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber, on Aug. 4, 2021, shared a social media apology for his endorsement of country music star Morgan Wallen’s song, six months after a video was leaked of Wallen drunkenly using the N-word with his friends.
In a now-deleted post, Bieber had shared a screenshot of Wallen’s “Sand In My Boots” from “Dangerous: The Double Album,” writing “Love this album” alongside it. Not long after, the “Sorry” singer deleted the post and penned an apology on his Instagram stories.
“I had no idea that the guy’s music I posted was recently found saying racist comments,” said Bieber, apologizing to the people he unknowingly hurt due to the incident.
“As you know, I don’t support or tolerate any sort of racism or discrimination. I had no idea, and I sincerely apologize to anyone I offended (sic).”
The “Peaches” singer nodded to his own past with the slur.
“When I was a kid, I was incredibly ignorant and said some very hurtful racist jokes that were not funny,” he said.
“I hurt a lot of people, especially the Black people in my life but was fortunate enough to have had them educate me on the horrifying origin of the n-word. This brings those painful memories back up; I will always take ownership for my ignorance and my past because I know I am not that person.”
In March, Bieber had revealed that he doesn’t own a cell phone and instead opts to use an iPad. Hence, it’s at least somewhat plausible that he missed the controversy surrounding the country star.
Wallen was on “Good Morning America” in July 2021, talking about the incident. He faced enormous social media backlash after a media outlet published a video of him telling a friend to “take care of this p — y-ass n — a” when they returned home from a night out in Nashville, Tennessee, United States.
He immediately issued an apology, saying he was “embarrassed and sorry,” but months later, he revealed it wasn’t the first time he’s used the word. Big Loud, Wallen’s record label, suspended him in February 2021 but has since reinstated him. At Luke Bryan’s July 20, 2021 concert in Nashville, Morgan Wallen made his first major concert appearance since being filmed using a racial slur in February 2021.
The 28-year-old sang his “Whiskey Glasses” and “More Than My Hometown” songs. The crowd cheered for a full minute as Wallen came down the catwalk, gave high-fives to fans, and handed shot glasses to Bryan.
The controversy hasn’t dented his album sales. Wallen’s “Dangerous” album has been No. 1 on the Billboard country album chart for 26 weeks.
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil