Alabama grandmother behind mysterious billboards that pop up around Los Angeles and Nashville, which supports country singer Morgan Wallen, told the Daily Wire she has a message about cancellation culture. And it’s simple: “Everyone has to work together to stop it.”
In April, 6 billboards appear in areas with heavy traffic around nashville city Ahead of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards show, Wallen’s face outlined with this message: “His Fan’s Choice, Entertainer of the Year. Support that kid from ̵6;East Tennessee!” Another appeared in Los Angeles. Angels, ahead of the Billboard Music Awards, the superstar was banned from both ceremonies after he was caught in a video calling a white friend the n-word while intoxicated.
Wallen immediately apologized, saying “I’m embarrassed and sorry. I use unacceptable and inappropriate racist remarks that I hope to get back. no excuses to use this type of language at all I sincerely apologize for using the word I promise to make it better.” But that’s not enough for his industry. his music label suspended His contract, a group of radio station owners and streaming platforms, removed his music from rotation. Nashville’s Broadway street clubs banned performers from playing his songs. Eventually, several major country music organizations stated that Wallen was ineligible for the award and announced he would not be welcomed in. join
That’s when Darlene Ingram and friends In a group of fans, Facebook said “enough” and planned to send a message to the music industry: “It’s time for you to accept [Wallen’s] apologize”
“It came to me because our group on the fan page started talking about the overreaction,” she told the Daily Wire. “Someone secretly filmed him at his stadium and released the video to TMZ knowing it would ruin his life.”
Their attention-seeking plan seemed to work. as well as billboards built many headline in leading media around the world So it’s less likely that country music executives will never hear about them.
Ingram said there was no question that what Wallen said was wrong, but she believed the punishment was disproportionate to the crime. “We recognize that there must be repercussions. Something came out,” she said, “but to move on and take everything he could find without spending time evaluating who he was or doing anything to make himself better. It’s not right.”
That’s why her group bought the latest billboards — seven ads in densely populated parts of Nashville before the CMT award — including a reference to the Bible verse of Mark 11:25: “and when he stood praying If you have anything with anyone forgive him that your Father in Heaven may forgive your sins.”
“That’s something I talk about a lot in my life and it fits the situation,” said 54-year-old Ingram. “We have to have a way to forgive someone when they apologize and let it pass so that They will move . [Wallen] I’m not the only person in the music industry who says or does anything wrong. If we were to cancel one of them for saying ugly things. We have to cancel everyone who has said anything inappropriate.”
Ingram says that when she first came up with the idea, She imagined buying a billboard. But many people in her Facebook group responded to her call to action. In a matter of days, she had enough to buy a package of six. “It felt like a great achievement,” she told the Daily Wire. For the third round of billboards, the group could buy seven.
Ingram explains why fans like her feel so connected to Wallen. So he describes the poem: “His music is like sugar rolling from his lips. If you listen to all his songs You will find songs that speak to your soul. He has the voice of that country. He has a rural lifestyle. he is one of us His music speaks to what people know – tailgates, bonfires and red dirt roads.”
As a small-town resident, it’s also a lifestyle that Ingram understands. And she said the values of unity, forgiveness, and grace she and her neighbors were worthy of fighting for. “We are fed up with abolishing culture. We are all human and make mistakes. So we tell ourselves that ‘We cannot let them continue like this. Just punish people relentlessly. As long as we sit still nothing will change We have to stand up.’ This is our way of doing it.”
For those who follow her billboard story Ingram wants them to know that cancellation culture is bigger than politics. “We just want our voices to be heard and the industry to know it’s not political. but about wanting to end the division in the country. We want to be able to listen to those who want to listen and we want the music industry to play fair.”
Daily Wire contacted ViacomCBS, the parent company of CMT, for comment on Darleen Ingram’s messages, but did not receive a response.
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