Luke Combs has apologized for his prior Confederate Flag use saying that there is “no excuse for those images.”
During Combs’ appearance at Country Music Seminar (CRS) on Wednesday (Feb. 17), he and Maren Morris discussed “accountability and the future of Country music,” alongside moderator Ann Powers. And according to The Tennessean, during their discussion, the “Better Together” singer addressed and apologized his prior use of Confederate Flag memorabilia.
“There is no excuse for those images. I’m not trying to say, ‘This is why they were there and it’s OK that they were there.’ It’s not OK. As a younger man, that was an image I associated to mean something else,” Combs explained. “As I’ve grown in my time as an artist, and as the world has changed drastically in the last five to seven years, I am now aware how painful that image can be…I would never want to be associated with something that brings so much hurt to someone else.”
“I am trying to learn. I am trying to get better,” Combs added.
Earlier this month, when Combs released his latest track, “The Great Divide,” Margo Price brought Combs use of the aforementioned flag to the forefront on Twitter. Calling him out for saying that his new song “isn’t meant to be political.”
“I thought now was a good time to put this song out with everything that has been and is going on in the world.” Combs shared in a tweet explaining “The Great Divide.” “It isn’t meant to be political or try and tell you what to think or believe; that’s not my job.”
“When people say ‘they don’t want to be political’… smdh,” Price said in a quoted Tweet in response to Combs’ new song explanation back in early February.
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) February 2, 2021
Price reposted The Tennessean’s article on Wednesday (Feb. 17) with the caption, “no excuse, glad he cleared that up.”
no 👏🏽 excuse 👏🏽 glad he cleared that up https://t.co/oQG5PvEDPb
— Margo Price (@MissMargoPrice) February 17, 2021
According to photos shared by Price in early February, Combs’ prior use of Confederate Flag memorabilia, stems back to televised appearances, live shows, promo images and his appearance in Ryan UpChurch’s “Can I Get An Outlaw” music video back in 2015.
Additionally, Combs recently spoke on diversity in Country music and it’s something that the singer says “needs to be addressed.”