'I don't feel comfortable going'

‘I don’t feel comfortable going’

Maren Morris doesn’t regret 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 the Los Angeles Times about his online feud with the conservative couple over transphobic comments they made, and how it fits into a larger picture of what country music stands for right now. Morris said that he has not decided whether he will attend the Country Music Awards on November 9, where humble questionIt is nominated for Album of the Year.

“I feel very honored that my album is nominated. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there right now. So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I’ll make a decision at game time and walk away. But as of now, I don’t feel comfortable going,” Morris explained, adding: “I feel comfortable not going.”

Morris and singer Cassadee Pope got into an argument with Brittany after an August 23 post that said, “I would really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life.” (Jason commented on the post, “Lmao!! I’m glad they didn’t too, because you and I wouldn’t have worked out.”)

The singer of “The Bones” told the Times she didn’t pass the message on to anyone before hitting send.

“I just shot it. I hate feeling like I need to be the 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 are very comfortable being transphobic, homophobic and racist, and they can wrap it up in a joke and no one will criticize them for it. It just becomes normal for people to behave like that.” “

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The fact that Morris dubbed Brittany “Insurrection Barbie” set social media on fire, a nickname behind the singer.

“Well, it’s kind of true, because in the whole conspiracy theory sale on January 6, they totally participated in it,” Morris said of the Aldeans. “Look, I’m not a victim in this and neither is she. But I don’t have any kind feelings when it comes to humans being mocked for questioning their identity, especially children. The whole ‘When they go down, we go up’ thing doesn’t work.” with these people. Any resistance movement is not done with kind words. And there are much worse things I could have called her.”

Morris, who shares a 2-year-old son with husband Ryan Hurd, said she felt the need to respond to Brittany because of “the culture of misinformation that comes with trans youth.”

“This whole thing got so ugly so fast because the worst thing they can say to me is, ‘Oh, so you must be a hairdresser.’ That is literally his favorite word. I have a son, and I think everyone, especially all parents, are trying to do our best and take care of our children and make sure they are happy,” Morris continued. “You don’t know if one day they’re going to come home crying because they don’t feel good in their body. And it sucks for parents who are going through that right now to make a joke. Suicide rates are so high because of hateful nonsense like that. I don’t care if it’s a joke. But they don’t want to talk about that part because it’s too real.”

Morris doesn’t think he’s lost any fans over the ordeal. (Hey, those Tucker Carlson-inspired t-shirts have raised over $150,000 for Trans Lifeline and GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program.)

“I’ve been very clear from the beginning. It sucks when artists go quiet, quiet, quiet, and then they finally get to their breaking point and have to say something because something is so unfair or disgusting. And then lose half their crowd because they stayed quiet. I try to say this to my husband, because he’s still building: Let people know where you stand,” Morris shared. “Those who don’t get it will walk away, but those who stay with you will know what they’re contributing to.”

Jason, who previously hadn’t talked about politics for years, threw that rule out the window. He is a vocal critic of President Joe Biden. Morris said that is “his prerogative of him” of him.

“And he probably knows, ‘Okay, I’m going to lose my liberal fans,’ if he had any. But I’m sure those who stay feel very close to him through all of this,” Morris said. “And that’s when I have to step back and say: What am I actually doing? Is it selfish? Is it performative? All the things a neurotic will think about. But I sleep pretty well at night knowing that people feel safer in my group.

Morris said friends who aren’t into country music ask him, “What the hell is going on in Nashville right now with these people?”

“I’m always like, ‘It’s less than you think.’ Sometimes I feel like I’m in this abusive relationship and I keep defending her: ‘It’s not all bad!’ But sometimes you have to call it what it is,” she said.

“I think there are people in country music who want it to be niche. They don’t want it to expand. They don’t care if it becomes more inclusive. It’s theirs, and everyone else is other, or woke up, or whatever.” Morris continued. “That’s sad to me, because I feel like country music at its core is people’s real stories. And to think that there’s only one type of person who can live them and celebrate them is not why I chose to live there or make music.” inside those walls.

Brandi Carlile recently told Morris how she feels “there are two country musicians.”

“I don’t know, it should have been heartbreaking to hear that. But I was actually very relieved and uplifted to hear it. It made me feel like, okay, country music on this mainstream level could absolutely be two things, and I’ve been trying to turn it into one, and maybe it should stop,” he said. “I don’t know if Brandi intended it to be positive, but I took it as such. It was like a pressure release.”

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