The Grand Ole Opry was criticized after a tweet about a surprise weekend performance by Morgan Wallen, a country singer who was caught on camera with racist comments.
Known as a predominantly white institution, The Opry was criticized by musicians on social media after Wallen’s performance, according to The Associated Press.
“Morgan Wallen’s mindless redemption tour is the nail in my coffin to realize these systems, and this city is really not for us,” Joy Oladokun tweeted on the significance of the Opry’s decision for black artists.
Others based their comments on issues with the Opry more generally, as opposed to Wallen’s performance with his label mate ERNEST.
“What really upsets me is bigger than one person’s words. It’s the idea of a young black performer walking into that room and wondering if EVERYONE is on their side,” said Jason Isbell. tweeted. “What many of us consider a great honor can be terrifying to some.”
Last year, Wallen used a racist slur in front of the camera. Despite some temporary bans from certain locations following his actions, Wallen later resumed his tour, ending 2021 with the best country album of the year and the most popular album across all genres, the AP reported.
In June 2020, around the time Black Lives Matter protests swept the nation after the murder of George Floyd, the Opry said in a statement. tweet, “Racism is real. It’s unacceptable. And it has no place in The Grand Ole Opry.”
The Hill has reached out to a representative from Wallen and the Opry for comment.