For those who don’t, here’s what happened… from the beginning:
Brittany posted a video to her Instagram of her putting on makeup, thanking her parents for not changing her gender when she went through her “tomboy phase” as a kid:
“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”
Country singer Cassadee Pope tweeted out in response to Aldean’s post, saying:
“You’d think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging.
But instead here we are, hearing someone compare their ‘tomboy phase’ to someone wanting to transition. Real nice.”
And then Maren Morris responded to the tweet:
“It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ons and zip it, insurrection Barbie.”
Aldean then retaliated to the “insurrection Barbie” comments by releasing a clothes line with the line, “Don’t Tread On Our Kids,” in an effort to raise money for the nonprofit Operation Light Shine that helps fight against child exploitation and human trafficking:
Aldean also went on Tucker Carlson’s show on FOX, where he called Maren Morris a “lunatic country music person,” so Morris had a clothes line created with that saying, and the proceeds went to a couple of transgender nonprofits:
Needless to say, it was interesting watching both sides go at it… to say the least. It just doesn’t happen that much in country music.
Which is actually kind of refreshing to see the whole “country music is one big, happy family” façade get dropped on its head.. because it’s completely untrue, no matter how much the awards shows love to push that narrative.
However yesterday, Morris told the LA Times that she probably wouldn’t be attending this year’s CMA Awards, because she feels too “uncomfortable” being there after the feud with Brittany Aldean, saying:
“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 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.
I think I was more sad going last year. Some nights are fun. Others I’m just crawling out of my skin. I’m not good at those events because I’m awkward. But this time I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going.”
She also added that she was tired of defending country music, likening it to an abusive relationship, and noted that she feels like the country music community is split into two different teams (much like the political world).
“Sometimes I 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 out for what it is.”
Needless to say, her comments drew a multitude of comments from the Twitter world.
And naturally, it was a mixed bag: