Country singer Luke Combs issued an apology to followers after an outdated music video that includes the Confederate flag resurfaced on-line.
The “Better Together” singer, 30, addressed his use of the flag throughout the annual Country Radio Seminar on Wednesday, February 17, after a 2015 music video he did with nation rapper Ryan Upchurch.
“I apologize for being associated with that,” he stated. “Hate is not a part of my core values, and it’s not something that I consider a part of myself at all. I’m just looking … not to say, ‘I’m so sorry, please forgive me.’ I’m here to say, ‘I’m trying to learn. I’m trying to get better.’ I know that I’m a very highly visible member of the country music community right now, and I want to use that position for good and to say that people can change, and people do want to change, and I’m one of those people trying.”
Combs — a local of North Carolina — went on to elucidate that he’s “proud” of his Southern roots, including that the Confederate flag “was an image that I associated to mean something else” when he was rising up. The musician assured followers his views have modified, nonetheless.
“I’ve grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically … I am now aware how painful that image can be to someone else. And no matter what I thought at the time … I would ever want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else.”
Combs’ apology comes amid a time of controversy in nation music. Rising star Morgan Wallen just lately got here beneath fireplace after video surfaced of him utilizing the N-word after an evening out.
Wallen, 27, was dropped by his report label, Big Loud Records, and a number of other radio stations. The Academy of Country Music later introduced that his “potential involvement and eligibility” for the upcoming ACM Awards has been halted.
The “More Than My Hometown” singer revealed on February 10 that he was “nine days sober” following the incident. He additionally requested followers to cease defending him.
“I let so many people down,” Wallen stated. “I let my parents down and they’re the furthest thing from … the person in that video. I let my son down, and I’m not OK with that.”
Wallen continued: “It’s not all that long of a time, but it’s enough to know the man in that video is not the many that I’m trying to be.”
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