Country Music Group Lady Antebellum Changes Name Because of Reference to South Before Civil War

The group’s name was inspired by a house. In particular, an antebellum-style home in front of which the musical group took its first photos. Over the 14 years they’ve been together, the highly successful country music trio has not been involved in any social flaps over racial missteps. But there is the name.

The antebellum period refers to the years before the Civil War in the South when slavery was legal and a few homes were large and airy, with sizable verandas. With the current social uproar over George Floyd’s murder and the heightened sensitivity to anything that might cause offense, the members of Lady Antebellum have decided to change their name.

In an open letter about their name, the group said:

“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 and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued.”

“We’ve watched and listened more than ever these past few weeks, and our hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. Now, blind spots we didn’t even know existed have been revealed.”

To be sure, the group isn’t straying very far. They’re changing the name to Lady A, which was the shorthand many people used to refer to the group anyway. Besides, “Musical Group in Front of Cool Old House” was probably too long. Who knows if their change will make a difference, but they get props for being socially aware.

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  1. Mick Taylor

    Free advertising and fishing for dollars with political correctness covering the ploy and getting credibility and brownie points by those blinded by their own self -righteousness.

  2. Audrey saltsman

    Why are these musicians changing their name and apologizing for it? There is nothing wrong with the word antebellum. And another thing tearing down all these statues of these southern war hero’s. You can’t change history by tearing these statues down. It doesn’t make sense. They had slaves that’s the way it was. The blacks think they are the only people to be enslaved.No the Egyptians had slaves for centuries. Plus other countries did to. What about the indentured servants we had in this country a few hundred years ago. They were black and white. So I think people on both sides better grow up.

  3. Daniel S.

    Well I guess we better change the name of the country too; after all, it was back in that era as well. What do you think about that?

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