Morgan Wallen sparks backlash at Grand Ole Opry with ERNEST

Morgan Wallen appeared alongside fellow Big Loud, ERNEST, on Saturday night as the emerging country singer made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. The synonymous band recently collaborated on a new song, “Flower Shops,” which they sang together during the group ERNEST.

The look was first reported via the Grand Ole Opry’s Twitter feed with a tweet at 8:41 PM CST reading “Surprise! @MorganWallen joins @ernest615 to perform the new duo ‘Flower Shops’.”

Almost immediately, the Grand Ole Opry’s Twitter feed was inundated with backlash over Wallen’s appearance due to the perception that the best-selling artist had yet to largely atone for the perception that he was racist, following the controversy in February 2021 over his use of racial slur.

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