Diddy is facing backlash for “lifting” Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen at the Billboard Music Awards

During today’s Billboard Music Awards, first-time host Diddy made it unmistakably clear that the televised show was more his production than anyone else’s by dropping the N-word during his opening monologue, promoting Ciroc and his own REVOLT Black Excellence Award awarded.

He also decided to use his powers as host and executive producer to officially “cancel” some of the night’s more controversial cast members – namely rapper Travis Scott and country singer Morgan Wallen.

“We’re canceling the canceled ones,” Diddy said about an hour and a half into the show. “[Brother] Love doesn’t rock like that. I’ve looked at Morgan’s situation. I looked into Travis’ situation. And I said man I have some power to do something about it because we can’t do that in the music industry or even in life, period. So I am here to forgive, unite, celebrate and make all free.”

Scott has been out of the spotlight since the deadly crowd rush at his annual Astroworld festival last year, which killed 10 people. Fans have since accused the Houston rapper of causing the tragedy, and he is currently facing a number of civil lawsuits from the victims’ families.

Wallen, on the other hand, faced scrutiny and industry-wide backlash after a video leaked in February 2021 in which he called a man the N-word music. He was also suspended from his record label, Big Loud, before being quietly reinstated in the months following the leak. Despite the controversy and Wallen’s apparent lack of remorse, Wallen’s album sales continued to skyrocket. Since then he has been nominated for several industry awards.

While it seemed Diddy’s hilarious host antics were going well early in the ceremony, his needless attempt to exonerate both Scott and Wallen — but Wallen in particular — didn’t go down well on Twitter.

“Diddy ‘uncancelled’ Morgan Wallen and had him perform on the show while presenting Tamika Mallory with an award for her dedication to activism makes no sense.” called a user.

“It was almost two decades before Hollywood let go of Janet’s Superbowl incident.” wrote Another. “You still condemn Britney Spears for being herself, but P. Diddy asked us to forgive Travis Scott after he facilitated a tragedy on his show Morgan Wallen after using the n-word. Crazy, right?”

“A yt man went into a supermarket to kill black people with n*gger written on the gun.” wrote someone else, “Meanwhile, Diddy Morgan Wallen, who had the same word on his lips, just ‘uncancelled’…it’s getting weird.”

Ultimately, the most confusing part of the endorsement was how unnecessary it was. Aside from the initial backlash over their scandals, there wasn’t a major drop in Scott and Wallen’s public approval ratings — Scott returned to Instagram to find plenty of love in his mentions, and Wallen practically received a slap in the hand for his racism. In interviews, Diddy has long promoted principles of unconditional love, forgiveness and positivity, like most celebrities whose wealth protects them from having to think critically about things that don’t directly concern them. While he could have blamed the artists’ performances on NBC, Billboard, or their relentless fanbases, he had to make a public statement to defend the two musicians because it ultimately protects rich people like him. Diddy is facing backlash for “lifting” Travis Scott and Morgan Wallen at the Billboard Music Awards


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