Memphis May Fire vocalist Matty Mullins has issued an apology after audio of him using the n-word in a voicemail recently surfaced online. According to The PRP, the racial slur “appeared to be used in context of shameful cultural appropriation and not in reference to a particular person.”
Mullins said the following:
“10 years ago, before the band had any real traction, I spoke with my manager at the time on the phone every day. Aside from talking about business, we also joked around a lot. I was young, excited, stupid, and always hyper. Anytime he didn’t answer a call I would leave a ridiculously exaggerated or vulgar voicemail for him to chuckle at before calling me back.
A couple years later after the band had seen some success, he took some bits & pieces from the voicemails & made a song with them. His intention was for us to listen, laugh & look back on how far we had come since those ridiculous days. All this time later, that song fell into the hands of some people that do not know me.
Naturally I have seen a burst of angry social media comments from those people who do not know the context or timeframe of what was said and want to expose me in light of everything happening in the world right now, and to be honest, I get it! I would never sit here and try to defend ignorant things that came out of my mouth when I was young and immature. I’m addressing this because those who have heard about it deserve to have the whole story.
Over the last 10 years my life has changed drastically, from both experiences I’ve had and the maturity that comes with getting older. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned so much from all of them. I’ve learned just how powerful words can be, from the stage and interviews all the way to a private or light hearted conversation.
My choice of language back then showed a lack of judgement and understanding of how hurtful words can truly be, and for that I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart. You rarely get an opportunity to explain yourself to everyone that sees something on the internet, so I am grateful for anyone taking the time to read this.
With a career in music comes a platform and ability to reach countless people. I want nothing more than to use my platform to spread love, hope, joy, and any knowledge I might again along the way.
I am forever grateful to everyone that has been with me on this journey of life. I’m learning & growing every day and will be util the day I die. Thank you for taking the time to hear from my heart.”