Country music singer Maren Morris has been popping up in the news quite a bit recently, and as is the case with most celebrities, the reason has zero to do with entertaining people.
Following her recent feud with Brittany Aldean, wherein the “My Church” singer attacked the wife of fellow country singer Jason Aldean for opposing the chemical and surgical mutilation of children’s bodies, Morris is making headlines yet again for saying that she may skip the upcoming Country Music Association Awards because she wouldn’t “feel comfortable going.”
“Honestly, I haven’t decided if I’m gonna go. I’m very honored that my record is nominated. But I don’t know if I feel [at] home there right now,” Morris said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “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.”
The controversy between Morris and Aldean started after the latter posted a video reel on Instagram in late August showing herself putting on makeup with the caption, “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.”
The innocent comments evoked the ire of Morris, who in a tweet called Aldean “a scumbag human” and “Insurrection Barbie,” referencing the Aldean couple’s previously expressed support for former President Donald Trump.
Not backing down in the face of an unhinged, left-wing mob, Aldean has since doubled down on her defense of minors, saying that “[a]dvocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it ‘gender affirming care,’ is one of the worst evils” and “children should not be allowed to make these life-changing decisions at such a young age.”
During her interview with the L.A. Times, Morris went on to defend her labeling of Aldean as “Insurrection Barbie,” claiming that the nickname is justified because the Aldeans “totally partook” in the “whole conspiracy theory peddling of Jan. 6.”
“I don’t have feelings of kindness when it comes to humans being made fun of for questioning their identity, especially kids,” she said. “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.”
But the “Circles Around This Town” singer didn’t just limit her belligerent remarks to the Aldean family. Within the same interview, Morris also went out of her way to trash the country music industry as a whole, asserting that it’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.”
“I hate feeling like I need to be the hall monitor of treating people like human beings in country music,” she whined, adding that it all “got worse — irreparable, almost” after Trump got elected in 2016.
“I think there are people in country music that want it to be niche,” Morris continued. “They don’t want it to expand. They don’t care about it becoming more inclusive. It’s theirs, and everyone else is an other, or woke, or whatever. That’s sad to me, because I feel like country music at its core is people’s real stories.”
Morris Can’t See Past Her Elitism
The most revealing aspect of Morris’s interview isn’t necessarily her feelings of discomfort with attending an upcoming awards show, but her slander of the country music industry and assertion that she sees herself as its “hall monitor.”
Similar to how Hollywood celebrities look down on middle America with utter disdain, Morris’s elitist mindset doesn’t allow her to comprehend how people could possibly see issues differently than she does, and ultimately, the idea that “they all must be evil” becomes the only logical explanation. Yes, the country music world encapsulates a different culture than those found in other genres and Hollywood. But it’s all for the better.
Country music is a realm filled with people who embrace traditional American values, such as a love for God and country. The human beings that fill the rows of George Strait and Miranda Lambert concerts are the same ones who would pull over on the side of the road to help you change a flat tire or ask how you’re doing when passing you on the sidewalk.
For many in the fandom, country music remains one of the last places to go to escape the secular, neo-Marxist rot plaguing so many other facets of American culture. But just like any other leftist, Morris can’t leave well enough alone.
To her, country music is simply a piece on a chessboard that needs to be ideologically conquered. In this view, it’s nothing but a backward, hillbilly-infested community that should be reprogrammed and perfected to suit the very pagan religion that convinces her chemically and surgically mutilating the bodies of minors is an act of kindness to be celebrated and encouraged.
Perhaps if Morris actually bothered to listen instead of demonize, she’d understand that many within the country music community whom she openly scorns actually sympathize with these children and pray that their parents get them the mental help they so clearly need rather than having their bodies destroyed beyond repair. But as is the case with most out-of-touch elitists, I wouldn’t hold my breath for her.
Shawn Fleetwood is a Staff Writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He also serves as a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood