Maren Morris is on the fence about attending the CMA Awards in November following a spat with Brittany and Jason Aldean over gender-affirming care for trans youth.
Morris, 32, is nominated for album of the year for “Humble Quest.” She is up against artists Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Lainey Wilson.
The country singer told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that she’s “very honored” to be nominated, but doesn’t “feel (at) home” at the award’s ceremony. “Maybe I’ll make a game-time decision and go. But as of right now, I don’t feel comfortable going.”
The “Make You Say” singer called out country music culture and how that’s affected her amid the feud with her and the Aldeans. “I hate feeling like I need to be the hall monitor of treating people like human beings in country music. It’s exhausting,” she said.
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“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,” Morris said.
Morris made waves last month after publicly criticizing Brittany Aldean. The social media influencer posted a video of her before and after makeup, captioned, “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.”
On Twitter, Morris wrote, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Barbie Uprising.”
“I don’t have feelings of kindness when it comes to humans being made fun of for questioning their identity, especially kids,” Morris told the LA Times of the feud. “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.”
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson branded Morris as a “lunatic,” and she quickly turned his words around for positive change.
The country star reported that she raised more than $100,000 for transgender-supporting organizations through sales of her latest shirt, emblazoned with the words “Maren Morris, lunatic country music person” along with the telephone number for the Peer Support & Crisis Hotline for trans youth .
Proceeds from Morris’ shirt will be split between GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program and Trans Lifeline.
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“Suicide rates are so high because of hateful (expletive) like that. I don’t care if it’s a joke,” Morris continued. “But they don’t want to talk about that part because it’s too real.”
She also noted that she was never worried about losing fans because her social and political viewpoints have always been out there.
“I sleep pretty good at night knowing that people feel safer in my crowd,” Morris said.
The Trevor Project helps LGBTQ+ people struggling with thoughts of suicide at 866-488-7386 or text 678-678.
The LGBT National Help Center National Hotline can be reached at 1-888-843-4564.
Contributing: Dave Paulson, The Tennessean