Country singer Luke Combs apologizes for waving Confederate flag in past music video and says 'there's no excuse'February 18, 2021
LUKE Combs has asked for forgiveness and said he's "trying to get better" after a 2015 music video filled with confederate flags resurfaced.
The country music singer has apologized for his actions which he deems as "inexcusable."
Luke, 30, admitted he was "now aware how painful that image can be to someone else" while taking part in a live stream Q&A on Wednesday.
The North Carolina native showed remorse after a six-year-old old music video resurfaced where the confederate flag appeared several times among the set and background actors.
In speaking with the annual Country Radio Seminar, the singer confessed: "I apologize for being associated with that.
"Hate is not a part of my core values, and it's not something that I consider a part of myself at all. I'm just looking … not to say, 'I'm so sorry, please forgive me.'
"I'm here to say, 'I'm trying to learn. I'm trying to get better.' I know that I'm a very highly visible member of the country music community right now, 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."
The music video, which features performer Ryan Upchurch, displayed the controversial flag on a stand, tee-shirts, hats, and a sticker on Luke's guitar.
The CMA award winner added: "I'm from the South and I'm proud of that," sharing that while growing up, that "was an image that I associated to mean something else."
Throughout the diversity discussion the country star explained how his views have evolved over the past few years.
"I've grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically … I am now aware how painful that image can be to someone else.
"And no matter what I thought at the time … I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else."
Other notable figures have faced backlash over previous association with the confederate flag, including two contestants of The Bachelor.
Demi Burnett, who appeared on season 23 of the ABC show, has declared herself as "ignorant" as she apologized for wearing a jacket with the flag.
After explaining that she didn't realize the significance of the symbol, the reality star asked for forgiveness as she voiced: "I royally f***ed up wearing that. And I am so f***king sorry."
Current Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell was faced with retaliation after a photo was found of her attending an Old South Antebellum plantation-themed party.
Later the host of the franchise, Chris Harrison, took to defend the Georgia native, which led many to believe he was "defending racism."
The Bachelor host has since stepped away from the show after nearly 20 years, with the intent of educating himself on a "more profound and productive level than ever before."
Rachael also apologized, noting: "I was wrong. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.
"Racial progress and unity are impossible without (white) accountability, and I deserve to be held accountable for my actions."
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