'American Idol': Mike Parker slammed for promoting 'racist' country musician Morgan Wallen

'American Idol' fans slammed Mike Parker for performing one of the songs by 'racist' Morgan Wallen


                            'American Idol': Mike Parker slammed for promoting 'racist' country musician Morgan Wallen
Mike Parker and Morgan Wallen (ABC/ Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMA)
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'American Idol' fans were left fuming after watching the recently aired episode of the ABC singing competition show. The Top 11 contestants of the season were given three song choices by the judges, and they could pick any one of them and perform to it, in a bid to secure a spot amongst the Top 10. Mike Parker, an aspiring country musician, immediately picked Morgan Wallen's 'Chasin' You'.

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While Mike's pick might seem fairly innocent, what triggered the fans was the fact that just moments before his performance he praised Luke Bryan for addressing the issue of racism in the country music industry. So, fans found it very ironic that after giving a passionate speech on racism, Mike decided to perform disgraced country singer Morgan Wallen's song. Morgan made headlines last year after he was filmed saying the 'N- word' casually. Fans were also upset with Luke for assigning the 'racist' musician's song to Mike, and with the showrunners for continuing to promote Morgan's music on the show.

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A fan tweeted, "Why is #americanidol promoting racist Morgan Wallen? That is disgusting @ABCNetwork @AmericanIdol." "Who gave the green light on the judges choice for Mike Parker of a Morgan Wallen song…. #AmericanIdol," questioned a fan. Another fan wondered, "Luke, how are you going to advocate for racism and discrimination in the industry, then choose a morgan wallen song. and for a black contestant. #AmericanIdol." "#AmericanIdol is hell for making Mike P sing a Morgan Wallen song ," observed a fan.

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'American Idol' judge Luke Bryan (ABC)

 

Another fan shared, "#Americanidol Was anyone else shocked, that after the blurb about "racism in country music", Mike Parker sings a Morgan Wallen song, who got in big trouble after using the N word after a night of hard drinking?" "Why as a black man did mike think it was okay to sing a song by a racist …#americanidol," pointed out a fan. "Mike just lost me by picking a Morgan Wallen song on #AmericanIdol," declared a fan. "Mike talking about racism and then proceeds to choose a song by racist morgan wallen something ain’t adding up #AmericanIdol," expressed a fan. "Did Mike Parker really just have a segment about “addressing racism in country music” right before he sang a Morgan Wallen song?? Dafuq #americanidol," echoed a fan. "Mike spoke about racism in country music & sang a song by a guy outed for being a racist. That's like saying you don't support the KKK but will iron their robes. Do better @AmericanIdol #AmericanIdol," suggested a fan.

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'American Idol' Season 20 airs every Sunday and Monday at 8/7c on ABC.

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