A new report claims the infamous country star has so far only reached one group
Two months after Morgan Wallen first promised to donate “about $500,000” (£366,000) to Black-led organizations, the disgraced country star reportedly pledged a total of $165,000 (£121,000). which was given to a group.
Wallen sparked controversy in February after a video surfaced of him using a racial slur. He was later dropped by several radio stations as well as his record label, Big Loud. Despite this high, sales for her recent album “Dangerous” soared, and Wallen held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for a record-breaking ten weeks.
His return to the limelight came in May, when he made an appearance at Kid Rock’s Big Honky Tonk & Steakhouse bar in his hometown of Nashville, performing for the first time since the leaking of the offensive video. He returned to country radio in June, and the following month, appeared on good Morning America To discuss your dispute.
During the interview, Wallen committed to making amends, telling host Michael Strahan: “My team and I noticed that whenever this whole event happened, my sales went up. So we tried to calculate… How big was this event. We got a figure of about $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations, BMAC. [the Black Music Action Coalition] Being the first. “
In a new report by Rolling stone, it alleges that BMAC—”an advocacy organization formed to address systemic racism within the music business”—is the only organization Wallen and his team raised for $165,000 (or about a third of their promised amount). along with them.
Rolling stone said it contacted 56 other state, regional and national black-led or black-founded charities in Tennessee, none of which were able to confirm that they had received any donations in Wallen’s name.
According to the publication, the list of organizations that were contacted was gathered from several sources, including “Charity Navigator’s Directory of Black-Founded Nonprofits, several roundups of Tennessee charities that majored in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder.” Were, and a collection of, was collected by Tennessee Charities Give Blake, an organization that has compiled more than 700 Black-founded nonprofits nationwide.
BMAC representatives issued a statement Rolling stone, saying that the organization is “disappointed that” [Wallen] has not used his platform to support any anti-racism efforts”, and called Wallen’s claims that he would split a total of $500,000 among several charities “extraordinarily misleading”.
BMAC organizers are said to have held several meetings with Wallen and his team during February and March this year, during which they ” [Wallen] Used his platform to do more than just apologise, but to strongly condemn racism and support anti-racism efforts and initiatives.
statement of organization Rolling stone Continued: “We started our conversation [Wallen] And management was very direct about our feelings on what they did, and making sure it was clear that the n-word wasn’t some innocuous slang for his use. sometimes. That behind this word was hatred and violence and blood.
“We shared with him through personal stories how the N-word had affected black people. We clarified that if he is open to learning, open to education, open to speaking, and most Importantly, open to helping educate her fans and followers, BMAC will be open to working with her to create awareness campaigns and initiatives around racism. But commit to making her work first. had to happen.”
Rolling stone It also pointed out that although it is possible that Wallen made further donations anonymously, it is unlikely, given the singer-songwriter’s history of publicizing his charitable efforts. For example, in July, she launched the More Than My Hometown Foundation, which reportedly aims to “help children, teens, and teens find families that can provide warm, loving homes that support their self-confidence, To rebuild self-confidence. Feel love forever, with family forever”.
Earlier this month, Wallen performed at a benefit concert called Morgan Wallen & Friends to raise money for those affected by the Humphries County floods in Tennessee. A press release stated that the effort generated over $725,000 (£530,000).
in a statement made to Rolling stone After the initial report was published, Big Loud CEO Seth England claimed that the $500,000 donation came from the label itself, not Wallen directly.
England stated that the amount included “a $100,000 locally earmarked and promised for charities by the end of the year”, as well as $100,000 (£73,000) to Rock Against Racism, which is funded by Slipknot and Megadeth agency 5B Artists + is a non-profit organization led by the media.
For the remaining $300,000 (£220,000), England reported Rolling stone That Big Loud Supplies Money to “BMAC and Other Black Leaders” [sic] Organization of choice” through the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit.