Gospel music legend BeBe Winans has been asked by BMI to help country star Morgan Wallen understand the gravity and impact of his words. On February 2, 2021, TMZ posted a video clip (recorded on January 31) showing an inebriated Wallen telling an unspecified person to "...take care of this pussy-ass nigger" as he, along with some of his friends, were about to enter his Nashville home.
As a result, the rising star has quickly lost support from all sides of the country industry with his label, Big Loud Records, suspending his contract and Cumulus Media, the second-largest radio chain in the US, has removed all Wallen's music from their playlists.
Executives have revealed they can't expel Wallen after he was caught on camera uttering a racial slur, but they are hoping to educate him about the power of his language, and they've asked BMI Advisor Winans to help him see the error of his ways.
"BMI condemns the hateful and offensive racial slur recently used by Morgan Wallen," a statement from the organisation reads. "While unacceptable, under the terms of our consent decree, BMI is mandated to accept all songwriters who want to be a part of our organization."
"We have asked BMI's Advisor and Gospel legend, BeBe Winans, to reach out to Morgan to help him understand the gravity and impact of his words. Our hope is that BeBe's outreach can help Morgan become a more inclusive and empathetic person."
Wallen has apologised for using the N-word, stating, "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 star's music has also been dropped from more than 400 U.S. radio station playlists.