Maren Morris Says She’s Constantly Defending Country Music Like It’s An “Abusive Relationship”

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t pay any attention to pop culture drama, and then I commend you), you undoubtedly heard about the public beef between Maren Morris and Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany.

But just a quick recap… well, as quick as I can make it…

Brittany Aldean posted a video of her putting on makeup to Instagram, 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 post drew praise from the likes of RaeLynn, Lara Trump, the wife of Donald Trump’s son Eric, a number of other beauty influencers, and Jason himself.

However, a handful of country music artists took exception to the post, calling it “transphobic.”

Cassadee Pope tweeted out:

“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 Maren Morris responded:

“It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ons and zip it, insurrection Barbie.”

And long story short, Brittany and Jason both ended up responding to the “insurrection Barbie” comments, Candace Owens go involved, Ryan Hurd got involved, it was quite the public argument.

Brittany launched a shirt for charity, Maren launched a shirt for charity, Brittany went on Tucker Carlson, Tucker called Maren a lunatic fake country music person… it was a whole big thing.

And then Maren said that she probably wouldn’t attend the Country Music Awards this fall because she didn’t feel comfortable there in light of the Aldean spat.

This past week, Maren gave a handful of interviews explaining her side of the story, why she said what she did to Brittany, and why she feels like she has to defend country music like it’s an abusive relationship.

She also added that there is an “insidious

She told the LA Times:

“I hate feeling like I need to be the hall monitor of treating people like human beings in country music. It’s exhausting. But there’s a very insidious culture of people feeling very comfortable being transphobic and homophobic and racist.”

She also compared the country music to an abusive relationship that she constantly feels the need to defend:

“Friends that aren’t in country music, they ask me, ‘What the hell is going on in Nashville right now with these people?’ And I’m always like, ‘It’s fewer than you think.’

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.”

And then on Proud Radio with Hunter Kellyshe doubled down with the same analogy about country music feeling like an abusive relationship.

“I was talking to Brandi Carlile about this because she’s scratching her head, what the hell is going on over there? And I try to tell her and almost defend it, not defend it… but defend the country music family atmosphere.

But I sound like I’m in an abusive relationship when I say it like this, but she was like, ‘Maybe there are just two country musics.’

And for some reason, her saying that to me, really cut through all of the noise and made me feel like, I don’t know if she meant it as a peaceful offering, but the idea that there maybe are two country musics, for some reason, made me feel better because I hate to make it like, oh, we’re picking sides.”

I guess we’ll find out in November if she decides to attend the CMA Awards (I imagine she will), but nevertheless, if you’re a fan of country music, and especially a member of the industry in some capacity, you probably can’t help but feel a bit slighted by the “abusive relationship” comment?

So what do you think? Is Maren making a rash generalization about the entirety of country music or is it actually “a culture of people feeling very comfortable being transphobic and homophobic and racist?”

Let us know…

Maren wasn’t nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year for the first time in six years, however, her album Humble Quest was nominated for Album of the Year.

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