Anti-Trans Post From Brittany Aldean Leads To War Of Words Between LGBTQ+ Advocate Maren Morris And Candace Owen

Finally, there’s clearly one thing you’re even less likely to ever see at a country superstar Jason Aldean show than a mask: a rainbow flag.

The country superstar and his wife Brittany Aldean have become increasingly outspoken as conservative activists, without over-the-top comments or backlash from more centrist or liberal country stars. But when Brittany Aldean posted what was widely seen as a transphobic joke on her Instagram account, Cassadee Pope and then Maren Morris stood up for the LGBTQ+ community — which then led to a war of words with another conservative Nashville celebrity, Candace Owens.

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The exchanges became controversial enough that Morris said, apparently directed at Brittany Aldean: “Is it so easy to not be, like not just a human being? Sell ​​your clip-ins and zip it up, Insurrection Barbie.” Brittany replied, “Karen Morris, thanks for calling me Barbie,” which she sealed with a kiss emoji.

The row started when Brittany Aldean posted a video on Instagram of herself fondling herself in the makeup chair, laughing, with a supposedly funny caption: “I’d really like to thank my parents for not transitioning when I went through my phase my baby boy I love this girl life.” (The video’s soundtrack, ironically, was “Upgrade U,” a song by the highly supportive Beyonce.)

Although the comment was quickly picked up and tweeted by some more liberal country fans as offensive, on Aldean’s IG account, where comments are limited, it garnered many positive comments from supporters who clearly saw the joke as political, such as the daughter of Donald Trump – mother-in-law Lara Trump, as well as right-wing beauty influencer Amanda Ensing, country singers RaeLyn and Whitney Duncan, the wives of country singers Jon Pardi, Chuck Wicks and Granger Smith. Jason Aldean also responded to his wife: “Lmao!! I’m glad they didn’t, because you and I wouldn’t have made it.”

But Pope wasn’t having it. Without naming or singling out Aldei, she tweeted: “You’d think celebrities with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging. But instead here we are, hearing someone compare the “tomboy phase” to someone wanting to transition. Really nice.”

Morris then responded with her support for Pope’s views. That’s when Owens, the conservative activist and talk show host who moved to Nashville a few years ago, jumped in, writing to Morris: “It’s easier not to castrate your kids. But I guess anything helps sell bad records.”

“God, not you,” Morris replied to Owens. “My Grammy is positively crying right now. Also, why do you always go to “castration” and “pedophiles” to try to close an argument? It’s frankly worrying and worth looking into.” Owens stepped up her counterattack, citing the Grammy remark and responding, “You sound like a 15-year-old girl on Tik-Tok. You are in your 30s. I’m growing.” And: “When you cut off a penis, it’s the literal definition of castration…Also, I said beautifiers — not pedophiles. Got anything else in mind that you want to share with the class, sicko?”

The Aldeans aren’t active on Twitter, but Brittany posted a picture of Morris and Pope’s takedowns of her Twitter comment on Instagram with the caption, “Karen Morris, thanks for calling me Barbie.”

Although most mainstream country artists stayed out of the argument, artists from other genres also spoke out, including Joy Oladokun, a black, gay Americana artist who has performed on the Grand Ole Opry. “Waking up glad my parents didn’t raise me to be as rude and ugly as Brittany Aldean,” Oladokun posted, flashing a peace sign and adding, “I’d also like to say that LGBTQ people have clearer skin without anything pushing it.” . .”

This is not the first time the Aldaeans have angered sections of the province’s non-right-leaning community. Beyond his support for Trump, Jason Aldean declared his concerts mask-free zones as the pandemic began to wane, and the couple developed a clothing line that had their young children model “Hidin’ From Biden” shirts.

Morris referenced the Aldeans’ politicized children’s clothing line in a response to an IG post by Pope. “You know, I’m glad it didn’t turn out to be a boy because we really don’t need another dumb dude in the world,” Morris wrote. It sucks when Karens try to hide their homophobia/transphobia behind their “protectiveness of children”. Weren’t they putting their kids in “Biden-is-a-pedo” shirts on social media? Sounds like a really safe way to protect them from millions of eyes! Fuck riot Barbie and fellow IBs trolling this comment section with their hypocritical, hateful asses.”

Other country stars lined up to add their likes or supportive comments to Pope and Morris’ posts, including Mickey Guyton, Meghan Linsey and top manager Jason Owen.

Pope’s latest IG post had her smiling in front of a London backdrop and writing: “POV: Knowing you got under the skin of someone you don’t like in the first place.”

On Saturday, Morris responded to a tweet that essentially told her and Pope to keep their noses out of politics. “Lots of messy, public spats and jabs in the CMA world right now between women over politics,” wrote the original commenter, tagging the two singers. “There are, as we’ve always known, quite a few obstacles for all the ladies in country music. Maybe put the phone down and focus on the guitar. Just sayin’.” Morris aptly responded: “If you’re confused, it’s because you think we’re ‘fighting’ about politics. We’re not. This isn’t political. We’re calling someone transphobic and they think it’s hilarious. It’s not.”

Morris’ husband Ryan Hurd, a fellow country singer-songwriter, took to his account to agree with her Saturday — and to say he has no regrets, which was honestly said.

“Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids is not brave at all,” Hurd wrote. “And I’m proud of Maren for standing up for them… Shut up and sing only applies to those who disagree… To be told by many who tell me our career is over, like the last time she spoke about something she disappeared. Honestly, we’re pretty good here. Touring is good, we have a 2-year-old who we love, we’re fine and I promise he won’t shut up now.”

Meanwhile, in response to Morris’ “Insurrection Barbie” jab, Jason Aldean commented on his wife’s IG page on Saturday: “MY Barbie.” RaeLynn also took up the mantle in favor of Barbie, writing, “BARBIES RULE.”

Another conservative activist, Tomi Lahren, posted on Brittany Aldean’s page Saturday: “These girls are hurt they woke up to ‘country’ never catching on and can’t fill an arena (let alone a restaurant) with fans . We got you.”

Morris is currently on tour through mid-October, with stops including an Oct. 13 show at the Hollywood Bowl.

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