Nashville Council Denies Morgan Wallen's Bar Sign Over 'Harmful' Behavior

Morgan Wallen confronts legal issues and public backlash.

by Nouman Rasool
Nashville Council Denies Morgan Wallen's Bar Sign Over 'Harmful' Behavior
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Country music star Morgan Wallen's latest venture in Nashville faced a significant setback as the Nashville Metropolitan Council voted overwhelmingly to reject a 20-foot neon sign promoting his new establishment, Morgan Wallen's This Bar and Tennessee Kitchen.

The decision, which came ahead of the bar's grand opening this weekend, was influenced by Wallen's previous controversies, including his use of a racial slur and an incident where he allegedly threw a chair off a Nashville rooftop.

The council's 30-3 vote against the sign highlights a broader concern among Nashville officials about promoting figures who have engaged in harmful behavior. Council member Delishia Porterfield expressed her disapproval, stating, "I don't want to see a billboard up with the name of a person who's throwing chairs off of balconies and who is saying racial slurs," as reported by The Tennessean.

Wallen Faces Legal Troubles

This decision comes amidst other troubling news for Wallen, including a recent charge of three felony counts by the Metro Nashville Police Department. This followed an incident where a chair he allegedly threw from the rooftop of Chief's bar nearly hit two police officers.

Although Wallen's lawyer, Worrick Robinson, described the legal proceedings as complicated and ongoing, Wallen has expressed remorse, particularly on social media where he acknowledged the need to make amends. Despite his controversial past, including a well-publicized use of a racial epithet three years ago, Wallen's popularity remains high.

His continued presence in the music scene and his recent actions suggest a complex public figure grappling with the consequences of his actions. Interestingly, some industry experts believe that Wallen's notoriety could paradoxically boost his new business.

Public relations specialist Doug Eldridge suggested that Wallen's "rowdy" image might attract more visitors to his bar, especially in the lively atmosphere of Nashville. Similarly, Ted Jenkin of Exit Stage Left Advisors noted that Wallen's recent troubles could potentially enhance his bar's appeal to his loyal fan base.

As Wallen prepares for his upcoming court date and continues his tour, the Nashville community and his fans are left to weigh his musical talents against his off-stage controversies. Wallen's establishment, featuring six bars, a rooftop, and three live music stages, promises to be a major attraction in Nashville's vibrant nightlife scene, regardless of the council's recent decision.