Luke Combs apologizes for Confederate flag imagery

Combs mentioned the photographs had been from seven or eight years in the past and as a youthful man, he didn’t perceive what that flag meant.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country star Luke Combs has apologized for showing with Confederate flags, saying he’s now conscious of how painful that flag is.

Combs addressed the photographs throughout a dialog with singer Maren Morris on Wednesday throughout a panel for radio broadcasters about accountability in nation music. It got here weeks after one other high nation star Morgan Wallen was removed from radio stations and suspended by his label after being caught on video utilizing a racial slur.

Panel moderator and NPR music critic Ann Powers requested Combs about these photos throughout a Q&A for the Country Radio Seminar, an annual nation radio broadcasters convention, that was held on-line this 12 months.

“There’s no excuse for those images,” mentioned Combs, a 30-year-old North Carolina singer-songwriter who has had two multiplatinum albums and several other hit nation songs.

Combs mentioned the photographs had been from seven or eight years in the past and as a youthful man, he didn’t perceive what that flag meant.

“And as I have grown in my time as an artist and as the world has changed drastically in the last five to seven years, I am now aware of how painful that image can be to someone else,” Combs mentioned. “I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else.”

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He mentioned he was addressing the outdated photos now as a result of he needed to indicate as a extremely seen nation artist that individuals can change and be taught from their errors. He additionally needed to encourage extra individuals within the nation music business to have these laborious conversations.

The style has been having a racial reckoning even earlier than Wallen’s actions, however high artists have typically been reluctant speak about race, each within the style’s current and its previous.

“I am trying to learn. I am trying to get better,” Combs mentioned.

Morris additionally spoke in regards to the Confederate flag, saying that as a local Texan, she additionally did not absolutely perceive the historical past and context of the flag outdoors of simply “Southern satisfaction” till she was a teen.

She mentioned that seeing that flag being flown at nation music festivals makes her not need to play these festivals and urged nation artists to demand these flags be eliminated.

She additionally is without doubt one of the few nation artists to publicly criticize Wallen’s actions on social media and mentioned that she’s had some backlash, but it surely was minimal in comparison with what Black individuals face usually.

“I appreciate Morgan saying ‘quit defending me’ to his fans, because it’s indefensible. He knows that. We know that,” Morris mentioned. “All we are able to do, so there is not an elephant within the room, is say that out loud, maintain our friends accountable. I do not care whether it is awkward sitting down the row from you on the subsequent awards present.”

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