Maren Morris was one of the biggest stars to criticize Brittany Aldean’s transphobic rhetoric on social media in August, and she’s not going to back down.
In fact, the country music singer embraced her transgender ally after Aldean’s part with Tucker Carlson aired on his Fox News show, during which the host called Morris “a crazy person doing country music.” In the cult sequel Morris created t-shirts with the phrase printed on the chest and sells them to raise funds for the GLAAD Transgender Media Program and Trans Lifeline. She said Los Angeles Times“I will wear this [label] as a badge of honour.
During her interview with Los Angeles TimesMorris explained why she felt, and still feels, the need to counter the transphobic remarks made by her colleagues in the country music industry following her feud with Aldian. She shared, “There is a very insidious culture of people who feel very comfortable being transphobic, homophobic and racist and that they can turn it into a joke and no one will ever call them out for it. It just becomes normal for people to behave in this way.”
Morris clarified that her criticism of Aldean was not a personal attack, but was motivated by “the culture of misinformation that accompanies trans youth” that is rampant in the country music demographic. She emphasized: “Your words matter. Your misinformation matters… The suicide rate is so high because of the hated bull… like that.”
The Grammy-nominated singer reflected on the division in the country music industry: the side that wants country music only for cisgender, white, and straight listeners, and the side that wants to expand its audience. Speaking of artists such as Jason Aldean and his like-minded supporters, Morris said: “[Country music is] them, and everyone else is different, or woke up, or something. It makes me sad.”
While Morris does not regret her actions in response to Brittany Aldean’s comments and the ensuing feud, saying “I sleep well at night knowing people feel safer in my crowd”, she shared that she wasn’t sure she will attend this year’s Country Music Association Awards, although her entry humble quest nominated for album of the year.
“I’m honored that my album has been nominated,” she said, “but I don’t know if I feel [at] home right now.”
Morris’ hesitation to attend CMA and every move she’s made since she first called Aldine are perfect examples of how to be a trans ally. Even as it opened her up to vitriol from Tucker Carlson, Fox News friends, and transphobic country music fans, she didn’t hesitate to speak up for the transgender community. Her devoted ally is an example of the chef’s kiss as she defends a marginalized community, regardless of the criticism she may face, because equal human rights are much more important than any individual’s career or perceived public reputation.
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