Morgan Wallen won’t be following in the footsteps of country superstar’s like Garth Brooks with his name in neon lights outside his new Nashville bar, due to his “harmful actions.”

Wallen’s downtown bar on Broadway is scheduled to open this Memorial Day Weekend, but the Nashville City council has voted down plans for the 30-year-old country singer to have a 20-foot neon sign on the outside of his six-story bar advertising “Morgan Wallen’s This Bar,” the Tennessean reported.

The council members voted 30-3 against the proposed signage because of the country singer’s recent arrest for reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct for throwing a chair off the roof of Chief’s bar in downtown Nashville on April 7. The council also cited when Wallen was caught on video using the N-word after a drunken night in January 2021. The singer later apologized and said he was both “embarrassed and sorry.”

“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,” At-large Council member Delishia Porterfield said Tuesday.

The council members voted no Tuesday night to allowing Wallen’s very own neon sign to go up outside his bar. Thirty members voted against the signage while only three members voted in favor of it.

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Metro Councilmembers Jordan Huffman said Wallen’s actions and past comments should not be applauded, WZTV Fox 17 Nashville reported.

“He gives all of us a bad name,” Huffman said. “His comments are hateful, his actions are harmful and he [doesn’t] belong in this town as far as I’m concerned.”

“I’m tired of this city bending over to just make anybody happy that makes a comment that they want to,” he added. “We continue to go down this road.”


Councilwoman Antoinette Lee said she voted the proposed signage down because she said Wallen showed “harmful actions” when he allegedly threw the chair from the bar’s roof.

Another councilwoman, Sherri Weiner, said she voted no out of respect for everyone in the city of Nashville.

“I don’t know how we stand here and file resolutions that speak to inclusion and respect for other people,” Weiner said. “And out of respect for everyone in this room and for everybody in this city, I have to vote no.”

Weeks after the reports about the chair throwing incident, Wallen finally addressed being arrested and made it clear he wasn’t “proud” of what happened in April.

“I didn’t feel right publicly checking in until I made amends with some folks,” Wallen wrote. “I’ve touched base with Nashville law enforcement, my family, and the good people at Chief’s. I’m not proud of my behavior, and I accept responsibility.”

“I have the utmost respect for the officers working every day to keep us all safe,” he added. “Regarding my tour, there will be no change.”

Related: Morgan Wallen Addresses Thrown Chair Incident


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