While she feels ‘very honored’ to be nominated for Album of the Year at the upcoming awards show, the ‘My Church’ singer admits she doesn’t ‘feel comfortable’ going to the ceremony after dispute with Brittany Aldean over her transphobic post.
AceShowbiz –Maren Morris may skip this year’s CMA Awards despite being one of the nominees. The country music star says that she’s unsure if she will attend the upcoming award event that will take place on November 9 in the wake of her dispute with Jason Aldean‘s wife Brittany Aldean (Brittany Kerr) over her transphobic post.
In an interview with Los Angeles Times, the 32-year-old says she feels “very honored that my record [‘Humble Quest’] is nominated” for Album of the Year. She, however, adds, “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 game-time decision and go. But as of right now, I don’t feel comfortable going.”
Feeling the need to stand against bigotry in the country music community, Maren wasn’t hesitant to call out Brittany for making the controversial comment on transgender. When asked if she ran her tweet by anyone before she posted it, the wife of Ryan Hurd responds, “No, I just shot it off.”
“I hate feeling like I need to be the hall monitor of treating people like human beings in country music,” Maren goes on explaining. “It’s exhausting. But there’s a very insidious culture of people feeling very comfortable being transphobic and homophobic and racist, and that they can wrap it in a joke and no one will ever call them out for it. It just becomes normal for people to behave like that.”
Maren thinks that showing kindness to transphobic people won’t ever help to change them. “Look, I’m not a victim in this and neither is she. But I don’t have feelings of kindness when it comes to humans being made fun of for questioning their identity, especially kids,” she shares. “The whole ‘When they go low, we go high’ thing doesn’t work with these people. Any resistance movement is not done with kind words. And there’s a lot worse things I could’ve called her.”
The “80s Mercedes” songstress believes that the root of transphobia was coming from “misinformation.” She elaborates, “I think just the culture of misinformation that goes along with trans youth is where I was coming from. It’s not, ‘Oh, this is bad, and this is good, and we can agree to disagree.’ No, we can’t, and you are being fed information that is false. And even though you’re not the one with the bullet in the gun, your words matter. Your disinformation matters.”
Maren came to a clash with Brittany after the latter posted a video showing her before and after glam-up. In the accompanying message, she penned, “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life.”
Agreeing with his wife, Jason commented on her post, “Lmao!! Im glad they didn’t too, cause you and I wouldn’t have worked out.”
The message didn’t sit well with Maren, who quickly wrote, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie,” without naming Brittany. She also traded shots on Twitter with Candace Owens, who apparently took Brittany’s side.
Later, Maren and Brittany’s husbands showed their support for their respective wives. “Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids isn’t something that is brave at all,” Ryan posted on Twitter. “And I’m proud of Maren for sticking up for them. Badge of honor to have CO engage in completely normal discourse, too. Shut up and sing only applies to those who you disagree with.”
Meanwhile, Jason stood by his wife Brittany as he commented on her Instagram post by writing, “MY Barbie!!” alluding to Maren’s diss. In the post, the former “American Idol” contestant shared a picture of her with a caption that read, “I love y’all, that’s all.”
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