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Maren Morris talks about sparring with Jason Aldean and Brittany Aldean.  (Images: Getty Images)

Maren Morris talks about sparring with Jason Aldean and Brittany Aldean. (Images: Getty Images)

Maren Morris doesn’t regret calling Jason and Brittany Aldean on social media – but that doesn’t mean she wants to sit next to them at the awards show.

Morris, 32, spoke to Los Angeles Times About her online feud with the conservative couple over anti-transgender comments, and how she fits into the bigger picture of what country music stands for right now. Morris said she has not yet decided if she will attend the Country Music Awards on November 9 humble questionst was nominated for album of the year.

“I am honored to have my record nominated. But I don’t know if I feel it [at] The house is there now. Lots of people I love will be in that room, and I’ll probably make a decision about playtime and go. But so far, I don’t feel comfortable going,” Morris explained, adding, “I feel kind of at peace with the idea of ​​not going. “

Morris and singer Cassady Pope sparred with Brittany after a post on August 23 that read, “I really want to thank my dad for not changing my gender when I went through a tomboy. I love this feminine life.” (Jason commented on the post, “Lmao!! I’m glad they didn’t do that either, because we wouldn’t have made it.”)

The “The Bones” singer told times The message was not played by anyone before you hit send.

“I just filmed it,” Morris said. “I hate feeling like I need to be the auditorium to treat people like humans in country music. It’s exhausting.” “But there is a very pernicious culture of people who are so comfortable being transphobic, homophobic and racist, and they can wrap it up in a joke and no one will ever call them. It just becomes normal for people to act that way.”

Related video: Maren Morris and Cassady Bob call out Brittany Aldean over a controversial post

The fact that Morris called Brittany the “rebellious Barbie” has lit up social media, the nickname the singer is behind.

“Well, that’s kind of true,” Morris said of Al Diane, “because the whole conspiracy theory that was peddled on January 6th, they were totally involved in it.” “Look, I’m not a victim in this and neither is she. But I don’t have good feelings when it comes to human beings who are ridiculed for questioning who they are, especially children. All “when they back off, we rise” thing doesn’t work with these people. Any resistance movement It’s not done with kind words. There are so many worse things I could have called.”

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Morris, who shares a two-year-old son with husband Ryan Heard, said she felt the need to hit back at Brittany because of the “culture of misinformation that goes along with transgender youth.”

“This whole thing got really ugly quickly because the worst they could say to me is, ‘Oh, you should be a nanny then.’ That’s literally their favorite word. I have a son, and I think all of us – especially all parents – are just trying to do our best and take care of our kids and make sure they’re happy,” Morris continued. “You don’t know if one day they will come home crying because they don’t feel well in their bodies. And that’s too cool for dads who are going through this now to make a joke out of it. Suicide rates are so high because of hateful bulls *** like that. I don’t care if it’s a joke. But they don’t want to talk about this part because it’s so real.”

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

“I’ve been very clear right from the start. It’s annoying when artists stay calm, keep quiet, keep quiet, and then finally reach their breaking point, and they have to say something because something is unfair or disgusting. They lost half of their audience because they kept quiet.” I’m trying to tell my husband this, because he’s still building: Let people know where you stand,” Morris shared. “Those who do not understand it will fall, but those who cling to you will know what they are contributing to.”

Jason, who had not previously talked about politics for years, threw this exclusion out the window. He is an outspoken critic of President Joe Biden. Morris said it was his “right.”

And Morris noted, “And he might know, ‘OK, I’m going to lose my Liberal fans,’ if he’s got any. But the folks who stay, I’m sure they feel very close to him through all of this.” “And that is the time when I have to take a step back and say, What am I actually doing? Is it self-serving? Is it my business? All the things a nervous person thinks about. But I sleep well at night knowing that people feel safer in my republic.

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

“I’m always like, ‘It’s less than you think.’ I sometimes 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.”

“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 about it getting more inclusive. It’s theirs, and everybody else, wake up, or whatever,” Morris continued. “This is sad to me, because I feel that at heart country music is people’s true stories. And because I believe there is only one kind of person that can live and celebrate, that is not why I chose to live there or make music within those walls” .

Brandy Carlyle Morris recently told what it’s like to be “two kinds of country music.”

“I don’t know, it was heartbreaking to hear that. But I was actually relieved and encouraged to hear it. It made me feel like, OK, country music at such a mainstream level can be two things, and I’ve been trying to make it one, and maybe I should,” she said. to stop.” “I don’t know if Brandy meant it to be a positive, but I considered it as one. It was a pressure release.”

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