In September, Stapleton said he supported the BLM movement during an interview on “CBS This Morning.” As civil unrest and protests over racial inequality swept the nation in 2020, Stapleton chimed in on the matter. The singer felt that as a white man, he should pay attention to the experiences of others.
“Do I think Black lives matter? Absolutely … I don’t know how you could think they don’t,” Stapleton explained. “There’s a very broad awakening that I guess has come about, and it’s time for me to listen. And it’s time for other folks to listen.”
Stapleton’s comments followed months of protests and marches over the summer. The protests spread across America after multiple killings of Black citizens by white police, including the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The musician said that he’s found 2020 to be a year of reflection, especially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, he’s reflected on the systemic racism in America in a way he never has before.
“You know, I thought we were living in a different country. And that’s 100-percent real,” Stapleton admitted. “I feel like the country that I thought that we were living in was a myth.”
Stapleton Supporting BLM Caused Backlash From Some Fans
Subsequently, Stapleton’s comments received some backlash from fans and social media users. Numerous people on social media lashed out at the country singer saying they would not be listening to his music anymore. Some fans mentioned throwing his albums in the trash, while others claimed his career was over after he announced his support for BLM.
During his L.A. Times interview for his new studio album, “Starting Over,” Stapleton said he had no regrets. However, he also confessed that he’s only human, so some of the negative comments stung.
“I don’t have any regrets about saying anything that I said. But I’m a human being,” Stapleton said honestly. “It hurts if somebody wants me to go to hell.”
Yet, Stapleton also said he tries not to pay too much attention to negative comments online. He says he “feels sorry” for those that disagreed with his comments.
“I think it’s important that we live in reality and not in that social-media space, where the most hateful voices get the loudest megaphone,” said Stapleton. “I feel sorry for people that think anything I said was offensive. I’m sorry they lack the capacity to approach things as human beings.”
[H/T Taste of Country]