Country music trio Lady Antebellum have revealed that they have changed their name amid the Black Lives Matter protests, but it seems not everyone is happy with the move.
Keep scrolling to find out why the band's name was so harmful and what they are changing it to...
The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.
via: Getty ImagesSince the death of George Floyd, protests for the movement have been happening across the globe in volumes we've never seen before.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Many protests turned violent...
via: GettyBut change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
Remarkably, however, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
It has also taken over our streets...
Ahead of a planned protest this weekend, the road to the White House was painted with a giant "Black Lives Matter"… https://t.co/6M3H6ehuNs— David Luganda🇺🇬 (@David Luganda🇺🇬)1591398030.0
Protests have been happening across the pond too...
via: GettyHundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
We are witnessing history in the making...
via: GettyAnd people are continuing to demand justice.
One of the most recent events is the tearing down of statues of slave traders and other controversial figures by protesters.
Historic scenes in Bristol as protesters kneel on the neck of the toppled statue of Edward Colston for eight minute… https://t.co/p7VVmxHW7n— Martin Booth (@Martin Booth)1591539194.0
Colston was a slave trader.
The moment a statue of slave trader Edward Colston toppled into Bristol’s harbour. ‘It’s what he deserves. I’ve bee… https://t.co/xzJLp90l6r— Sarah Turnnidge (@Sarah Turnnidge)1591542295.0
A statue of Christopher Columbus in Virginia was another of those torn down and defaced.
via: Getty ImagesThe statue was ninety-three-years-old and had been standing there to commemorate the Italian explorer.
Controversy has surrounded Columbus' name for many years now...
via: TwitterHis transatlantic voyages unlocked an entire continent for European colonization and turned the Italian explorer into a modern symbol of conquest and violence for native Americans.
It didn't take long for the protesters to completely dislodge the statue...
via: GettyAnd this is when things turned ugly.
The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...
via: Getty ImagesAnd protesters then dumped it in Richmond's Fountain lake as a final demand for justice.
Many agreed with the protestors' actions...
@YourAnonCentral Christopher Columbus killed many Native Americans, enslaved them and took away all their wealth su… https://t.co/IIaiQEOw4j— Kilobyte_ex (@Kilobyte_ex)1591770739.0
Many celebrities are using their platform to speak up...
via: Getty ImagesAnd now it seems country music trio, Lady Antebellum are taking a stand.
The band formed nearly fourteen years ago...
via: Getty ImagesAnd they've enjoyed huge success - bagging Record and Song of the Year Grammys for the 2009 hit “Need You Now."
But this week they have announced they have changed their name...
via: Getty ImagesThe band took to Twitter to make the announcement, in which they told fans that they will be ditching their current name due to the the slavery reference.
They penned a lengthy tweet about the decision.
via: Getty ImagesAnd addressed both the slavery reference and the reason why they have been so late in changing their name.
"When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the Southern ‘Antebellum’ style where we took our first photos."
via: Getty Images"But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the Civil War, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused," they wrote.
They also went on to say there is no excuse for their lateness.
Dear fans... https://t.co/7JlcH2NMl6— Lady A (@Lady A)1591887622.0
Some people praise the band for growing and educating themselves.Some acknowledged that while we've still go far to go, that this was a step in the right direction.
Others weren't so forgiving, however.
@ladya This name change to appease a race of people who by and large do not listen to country music , attend conce… https://t.co/P9nqzsopqE— priscilla schwarzman (@priscilla schwarzman)1591893214.0
Many were saying they were no longer a fan of the country trio.
@ladya So you would forsake your Southern heritage to appease a mob making fake claims of racism? Good luck with t… https://t.co/Fo5LwhXEUe— AeroNut (@AeroNut)1591894653.0
Looks like the name change has infuriated some fans.
@ladya Truly disappointing that you would cave to this ridiculousness!— Kim Arledge (@Kim Arledge)1591927533.0