Maren Morris has no regrets about calling out Jason and Brittany Aldean on social media — but that doesn’t mean she wants to sit next to them at an awards show.
Morris, 32, spoke with Los Angeles Times About his online feud with the conservative couple over transphobic comments they made, and how it fits into a bigger picture of country music right now. Morris said she is undecided if she will attend the Country Music Awards on Nov. 9. Polite questionT is nominated for Album of the Year.
“I’m very honored that my record has been nominated. But I don’t know if I feel it or not [at] Home there at this time. A lot of people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But right now, I don’t feel comfortable going,” Morris explained. “I feel at peace with the notion of not going.”
Morris and singer Cassidy Pope feuded with Britney after an Aug. 23 post that read: “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girl. like life.” (Jason commented on the post, “Lmao!! I’m glad they didn’t either, because you and I wouldn’t have worked out.”)
“The Bones” singer explained time No one played the message before he hit send.
“I just put it off. I hate feeling like I need to be a hall monitor to treat people like human beings in country music. It’s exhausting,” Morris shared. “But there’s a very insidious culture of people who feel very comfortable being transphobic and homophobic and racist, and that they can wrap it up as a joke and no one will ever call them out on it. Such behavior for people Doing becomes normal.”
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The fact that Morris called Britney “Insurrection Barbie” sparked social media, a nickname the singer stands behind.
“Well, it’s kind of true, because the whole January 6th conspiracy theory, they totally participated in it,” Morris said of the Aldines. “Look, I’m not a victim of this and neither is he. But I don’t have the kindest feelings when it comes to being mocked for questioning the identity of humans, especially children. When they go low, we go high’ doesn’t work with these people. No protest movement is done with good words. And there are worse things I could have called him.”
Morris, who shares a 2-year-old son with husband Ryan Heard, said she felt the need to respond to Britney because of the “culture of misinformation that goes on with trans youth.”
“The whole thing turned ugly so quickly because the worst they could say to me was, ‘Oh, then you must be a foster.’ That’s literally their favorite word. I have a son, and I think we’re all — especially all parents — we’re just doing our best and taking care of our kids and making sure that We want them to be happy,” Morris added. “You don’t know if one day they’re going to come home in tears because they don’t feel right in their bodies. And it’s so important for parents who are going through this to make fun of that. Haters like that. The suicide rate because of stuffed bulls is so high. I don’t care if it’s a joke. But they don’t want to talk about that part because it’s so real.”
Morris doesn’t believe he’s lost any fans during the ordeal. (Hey, those Ticker Carlson-inspired shirts have raised more than $150,000 for Trans Lifeline and GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program.)
“I’ve been very clear from the get-go. It’s pointless when artists keep quiet, keep quiet, keep quiet, and then they finally reach their breaking point and have to say something because someone The thing is so unfair or disgusting and then they lose half their crowd because they kept quiet. I try to tell my husband, because he’s still making it: Tell people where you stand, Morris shared. “Those who don’t get it will drift away, but those who stick with you will know what they are contributing to.”
Jason, who hadn’t talked about politics in years before, threw that rule out the window. He is an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden. Morris said it was “his right”.
“And he probably knows, ‘Well, I’m going to lose my liberal fans,’ if he had any. But the people who stay, I’m sure feel very close to him through all of this,” Morris said. noted “And that’s when I have to take a step back and be like, what am I really doing? Is it self-serving? Is it functional? All the things that a neurotic thinks. . But I sleep very well at night knowing that people feel safe in my crowd.”
Morris said friends who aren’t into country music ask him, “What’s going on with these guys in Nashville right now?”
“I’m always like, ‘It’s less than you think.’ Sometimes I feel like I’m in this abusive relationship and I keep defending it: ‘It’s not all bad!’ But sometimes you have to call it what it is,” he said.
“I think there are people in country music who want it to be exclusive. They don’t want it to expand. They don’t care if it’s more inclusive. It’s theirs, and every There’s another one, or woke up, or whatever,” Morris continued. “It’s sad to me, because I feel like country music is about people’s real stories. And to think that there’s only one type of person who can live them and celebrate them, not that I’m there. Why chose to live or create. Music within those walls.”
Brandi Carlile recently told Morris how it feels like “there’s two country musics.”
“I don’t know, it should have been heartbreaking to hear. But I was really relieved and encouraged to hear it. It made me realize, OK, country music at this mainstream level can be two things. are, and I’m ‘trying to make it, and maybe I should stop,’ she said. “I don’t know if Brandi meant it to be a positive, but I took it as one. It was like a pressure release.”