Last week, Country music trio Lady Antebellum revealed that they had changed their name amid the Black Lives Matter protests.
But, the band unexpectedly faced intense backlash after the move, and now they've finally broken their silence...
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
A whole host of celebrities are now using their platform to speak up...
via: Getty ImagesAnd last week, country music trio, Lady Antebellum took 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 last week they 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 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 praised the band for growing and educating themselves.Some acknowledged that while we've still got 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
The backlash didn't end there.
Seattle-based blues singer Anita White, was alerted to the news by friends and family.
She has used the name for over 2 decades...
White went on to call out the country trio for how long it took them to acknowledge the slavery reference behind their original name.George Floyd to die for them to realize that their name had a slave reference to it."
She also revealed that no one from the band contacted her to check if they could use the name Lady A.
"How can you say Black Lives Matter and put your knee on the neck of another Black artist? I'm not mad. I am however not giving up my name, my brand I worked hard for."
Now, Lady Antebellum have responded to the backlash.
via: Getty ImagesThe band said in a new post that they reached out to the singer privately, according to USA Today.