by Jordan Whittington
February 10th 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Morgan Wallen's sister is speaking out after a video surfaced of her brother using a racial slur.
The controversy prompted the indefinite suspension from his record label, his world-renowned talent agency to drop him, and numerous country music organizations to halt his participation in any upcoming events.
But Ashlyne Wallen doesn't agree with the backlash, saying "cancel culture is the worst thing to come out of our digital world."
Her Instagram post defending her brother suggests the world should forgive the country star for his direct use of a racial slur.
"There are three things you should ever do about a mistake: admit it, learn from it, and don't repeat it," she posted. "Cancel culture is the worst thing that has come out of our digital world. It leaves no room for forgiveness and growth, in turn, leaving no opportunity for individuals who have made mistakes to learn from them.
“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. 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,” his statement said.
Since the story broke, sales of Wallen's music are spiking as fans eagerly buy his latest album: "Dangerous: The Double Album."
Billboard reports that his latest album sold 25,000 copies during the week ending Feb. 4, an increase of 102%, according to MRC Data. Billboard reported that that the album's streaming numbers slightly increased by 3%, representing roughly 160 million on-demand streams. Song downloads from the album also went up by 67%.