Morgan Wallen on first tour since racial slur incident

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The Nashville musician has apologised for his encounter in a grocery store with an African American man

Morgan Wallen on first tour since racial slur incident

Country singer Morgan Wallen has postponed the start of his US tour following a racial slur incident in a grocery store in which he was confronted by an African American man.

At least 15 African American men were arrested during the march by a largely white rightwing organisation dubbed the “March for Life” in Washington on Saturday.

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An advocacy group called Agenda 2020 said in a statement it would hold a Black Lives Matter protest at the same location later this month.

But this doesn’t appear to have bothered Wallen, who has postponed his tour start in New York because “recent media coverage has caused unnecessary stress and anxiety”.

Morgan Wallen (@MorganWallen) Hey everyone in my New York and New Jersey tours dates for April! We’re postponing the start of the tour due to recent media coverage. This week I have been granted time to focus on healing and getting my life back on track. Wishing you all the best.

The singer, who won best new artist at the Academy of Country Music awards in April, posted an apology on his Twitter page.

Morgan Wallen (@MorganWallen) Just want to apologize to anyone that has taken this so personally. I want to live in a world where all people feel safe, and are accepted for who they are. We need to do better.

Actor Taariq Muhammad, a co-founder of the National Action Network, was the man who confronted Wallen in a grocery store in Nashville, which the singer said he understood.

“Thanks to him for making me sit down and think about my actions,” Wallen posted on Twitter. “I love this country, and this was a lesson learned that I have to be more mindful and respectful of others.”

Morgan Wallen (@MorganWallen) Like everyone else, I was made aware of what happened in Nashville yesterday. Thanks to him for making me sit down and think about my actions. I love this country, and this was a lesson learned that I have to be more mindful and respectful of others.

Wallen’s representative, Mark Byington, told the Guardian he was still speaking with Wallen and his family about the tour postponement.

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