Nation music band Girl Antebellum is ditching their title because of the phrase “antebellum” and its affiliation with slavery. Going ahead, the Grammy Award profitable pop band can be known as Girl A. The band has performed underneath their unique title for the previous 14 years, however because of present occasions in america, they’ve seen “blind spots we did not even know existed.”
The Antebellum South was a interval in United States historical past from the late 18th century till the beginning of the American Civil Battle in 1861 within the South. There was great financial development throughout this time on account of slavery.
With protests happening all around the world in assist of the Black Lives Matter motion, Girl Antebellum began to obtain some commentary on their title. Band members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelley launched an announcement in regards to the title change that got here “after a lot private reflection, band dialogue, prayer and plenty of trustworthy conversations with a few of our closest black pals and colleagues.” You possibly can learn one other portion of the assertion beneath.
“Once we set out collectively virtually 14 years in the past, we named our band after the southern ‘antebellum’ type house the place we took our first images. As musicians, it reminded us of all of the music born within the south that influenced us… Southern Rock, Blues, R&B, Gospel and naturally Nation.”
When it comes all the way down to it, Girl Antebellum declare they have been unaware of the phrase antebellum’s historical past within the 14 years they have been utilizing it. It appears unusual that no person inside the band’s internal circle, followers, media, or others did not suppose to convey this up a minimum of as soon as in 14 years, however the band is saying that’s the case this time round. They’re extremely sorry for his or her title selection now. The assertion continues by stating this.
“However we’re regretful and embarrassed to say that we didn’t bear in mind the associations that overwhelm this phrase referring to the interval of historical past earlier than The Civil Battle, which incorporates slavery. We’re deeply sorry for the harm this has brought about and for anybody who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Inflicting ache was by no means our hearts’ intention, but it surely does not change the truth that certainly, it did simply that. So in the present day, we communicate up and make a change.”
Along with the title change and big apology, Girl Antebellum has donated to the Equal Justice Initiative, which is an Alabama-based non-profit that fights racial inequality, by way of the group’s charitable group, named LadyAID. In accordance with the group, that is solely the start of their work to assist struggle racism. As they transfer ahead, there can be extra charities and bulletins.
Girl A’s announcement has obtained combined responses after a cursory take a look at the unique publish’s feedback from this morning. There are many followers who’re upset in regards to the title change and are blaming “liberals” for the choice. Nonetheless, the response has principally been constructive with many praising the band for evolving and admitting they made a mistake. You possibly can learn the apology and title change announcement above, because of the Girl A Instagram account.