Just a few months later, much of that money has yet to surface, with one of the only groups he mentioned by name accusing him of being “misleading.”
In the original clip that leaked online in February, the drunken country star yelled the racial slur as he came home from a night out. “Take care of this pussy-ass n***a,” said Wallen in the clip. He apologized for his comments, and asked his fans to stop defending his usage of the word.
During his GMA appearance over the summer, he said he had been “ignorant” and “wrong,” and suggested he had donated a portion of his album sales to groups that support Black people, including Black musicians.
“Before this incident, my album was already doing well. It was already being well-received by critics and by fans. Me and my team noticed that whenever this whole incident happened that there was a spike in my sales. So we tried to calculate what the number of–how much it actually spiked from this incident,” he said at the time. “We got to a number somewhere around $500,000, and we decided to donate that money to some organizations—BMAC [the Black Music Action Coalition] being the first one.”
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