Music news outlet Consequence of Sound launched a story headline on Tuesday that reads, “Country Fans, People Who Love N-Word, Are Buying Unholy Amount of Morgan Wallen Tickets.”

And if the title isn’t inflammatory enough, a sentence from the first paragraph of Wren Graves’ story gets more specific: “Country fans and various other racial slur supporters have bought over 700,000 tickets to Wallen since the announcement of the tour three weeks ago. since.”

“Country fans, and various other racial slur supporters: what do you think of this, country music fans?

What is the background?

Wallen made headlines earlier this year after a video of him using the N-word emerged – then his label, Big Loud Records, suspended him indefinitely and radio stations dropped his music.

But less than a week later – similar to an “Oh, Yeah?” – it was reported that Wallen’s second album, “Dangerous: The Double Album”, was skyrocketing in sales.

In fact, just a month later, the ‘Dangerous’ album shattered a 64-year-old music record as it spent its eighth consecutive week in the top spot on the Billboard 200.

Wallen, as you’d expect, apologized for his use of the N-word: “The video you saw was me at hour 72 of a 72-hour bend, and it’s not something I’m proud of either. Obviously the natural thing to do is to apologize more and keep apologizing, because you got caught, and that’s not what I wanted to do … I’ve let down so many people who mean a lot to me, who’ve given me so much. just not fair. I’ve let my parents down, and they’re the furthest thing from the person in this video. I let my son down, and I’m not okay with that.

Now what?

And after all that, Consequence of Sound seem puzzled and distraught, noting in their story that “Wallen’s massive arena tour became the hottest ticket of 2021” – and then seeming to stick it to country music fans for having contributed to Wallen’s success.

COS added that nearly all of their tour dates were sold out and that Billboard declared “Dangerous” the best-selling album of the year. The outlet also said that while Wallen had pledged $500,000 to black-led organizations in response to his N-words controversy, a September COS article said he was several hundred thousand dollars short. this promise.

What did the observers say?

Commenters on the COS Facebook page seemed mixed in their reactions to the outlet’s “People Who Love N-Word” story.

Some seemed to align with the outlet’s take, with one commenter responding “good title” and another saying “Lol @ the title. That’s right.” Another ally said “the country has been and continues to be the low end of popular music.”

But others were annoyed and took COS to task:

  • “Or…I don’t know…judging someone for a drunken mistake is stupid…But go ahead and smack it and listen to Chris Brown or other artists who have done much much worse.” a user replied.
  • “Country fans aren’t the only ones who love this word or use it daily…or in songs,” another commenter offered.
  • “People who love the N-word buy ungodly amounts of rap,” another commenter said.
  • “You’re all racing bait; kinda screwed up,” another user said.
  • “It’s like a**tty take LMAO this post is a joke,” another commenter wrote.
  • “Unfollow this ridiculous post,” another user decided. “Valueless.”