'Exceptionally Misleading': Morgan Wallen Pledged $500K to Black-Led Groups, But the Money Seems Largely M.I.A.

'Exceptionally misleading': Morgan Wallen pledged $500k to Black-led groups, but the money seems largely M.I.A.

Morgan Wallen

9/21/2021 4:35:00 AM

'Exceptionally misleading': Morgan Wallen pledged $500k to Black-led groups, but the money seems largely M.I.A.

Rolling Stone reached out to dozens of state, regional and national Black-led or Black-founded charities. Only one reported receiving any money from Wallen, and it wasn’t nearly half a mil

to “help children, adolescents, and teenagers find families that can provide warm, loving homes that can rebuild their confidence, self-belief, and to feel forever loved, with a forever family.”Two weeks ago, Wallen performed at a benefit concert with Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, and Breland. As a press release disseminated by his publicist noted the next day, the event, billed as Morgan Wallen & Friends,

for victims of the devastating Humphreys County flood in Tennessee.In its statement toRolling Stone, the BMAC also chastised Wallen for his response to Strahan’s question on if he believed there was a “race problem in country music, overall.”“It would seem that way, yeah,” Wallen replied. “I haven’t really sat and thought about that.”

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More Than My Hometown Foundation to “help children, adolescents, and teenagers find families that can provide warm, loving homes that can rebuild their confidence, self-belief, and to feel forever loved, with a forever family.” Two weeks ago, Wallen performed at a benefit concert with Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, and Breland. As a press release disseminated by his publicist noted the next day, the event, billed as Morgan Wallen & Friends, for victims of the devastating Humphreys County flood in Tennessee. In its statement to Rolling Stone , the BMAC also chastised Wallen for his response to Strahan’s question on if he believed there was a “race problem in country music, overall.” “It would seem that way, yeah,” Wallen replied. “I haven’t really sat and thought about that.” “We are confused as to how Morgan has not given any thought as to whether there is a race problem in country music,” BMAC organizers say, “given the amount of time and energy we have specifically spent with him discussing this very issue. We would like to be clear: as our recent Report Card illustrates , there absolutely is a race problem in country music.” “We began our interactions with Morgan and management being very direct about our feelings on what he had done, and making sure he was crystal clear that the n-word wasn’t some innocuous slang for him to use. Ever,” a member of the BMAC board tells Rolling Stone . “That the word had hatred and violence and blood behind it. We also shared with him, through personal stories, how the n-word had impacted Black people. We made clear that if he was open to learning, open to education, open to speaking up, and most importantly, open to helping educate his fans and followers, BMAC would be open to working with him to create awareness campaigns and initiatives around anti-racism. But that he first had to commit to doing the work.” Wallen’s reckoning in the music industry appeared to be short-lived, with his label seemingly ready to return the singer to terrestrial radio, which remains the biggest barometer of mainstream success in the genre. Last month, Big Loud delivered “Sand in My Boots,” the third single from Dangerous and Wallen’s first in more than a year, to radio, ostensibly kick-starting Wallen’s full-throated comeback. (Several country radio stations started to add Wallen’s music back in June.) “Sand in My Boots” is currently at Number 28 on — one of the biggest movers week over week — and is expected to swiftly rise. UPDATE 6:53PM