Country star Luke Combs this week apologized for appearing with Confederate flags in past performances.
The story: Combs made the comments during a Wednesday conversation with moderator Ann Powers and singer Maren Morris on “accountability and the future of country music” for the annual Country Radio Seminar.
The three were discussing a recent controversy surrounding country music singer Morgan Wallen. Earlier this month, TMZ published a video of him using a racial slur and other expletives during a night out with friends. Walled apologized for his behavior.
Meanwhile, pictures of Coms resurfaced on social media showing him alongside Confederate imagery. One picture, taken in 2015, showed him performing in the music video for Ryan Upchurch’s “Can I Get Outlaw,” where his acoustic guitar had a sticker with a Confederate flag image. He was also in front of a Confederate flag.
Any @lukecombs fans out there? Anybody care that he has multiple pics with confederate flags on his guitar and in his press photos? Why is this not a topic of discussion? We all knew he couldn’t write a song and Walmart was his fashion designer but guess what? He’s racist too. pic.twitter.com/vvolPR2CDw
— Jeremy Ivey (@JeremyBlainIvey) February 2, 2021
Comb’s apology: Combs explained that he is not trying to justify his past use of Confederate imagery but that he no longer supports it.
“There is no excuse for those images,” Luke shared. “I think, as a younger man, that was an image that I associated to mean something else. And as I’ve grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically in the last five to seven years [when the images were created], I am now aware how painful that image can be to someone else. … I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else.”
“I apologize for being associated with that. Hate is not a part of my core values, and it’s not something I consider a part of myself at all,” he added.
“I know that I’m a very highly visible member of the country-music community right now,” Combs said. “And I want to use that position for good, and to say that people can change and people do want to change, and I’m one of those people trying.”
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