Last week, Country music trio Lady Antebellum revealed that they had changed their name amid the Black Lives Matter protests. But, it seems they have been called out for the decision from a fellow singer - who took to Instagram to post about the band's name change.
Keep scrolling to find out why the band's original name was so harmful and why a fellow singer is less than impressed...
The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining traction like never before.Since 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...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And 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...But 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...Hundreds 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...And 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.The 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...His 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...And this is when things turned ugly.
The statue was set on fire and covered in graffiti...And 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
A whole host of celebrities are now using their platform to speak up...And last week, country music trio, Lady Antebellum took a stand.
The band formed nearly fourteen years ago...And they've enjoyed huge success - bagging Record and Song of the Year Grammys for the 2009 hit “Need You Now."
But last week they announced they have changed their name...The 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.And 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.""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.
@ladyantebellum I am so incredibly glad this was finally acknowledged. So much needs to change still, and especiall… https://t.co/7ByrEAYev8— Bethania Rodriguez (@Bethania Rodriguez)1591888616.0
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