Maren Morris has been making headlines over the past few days, after she was a guest judge on the most recent episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
She appeared on the show this past Friday, fulfilling what she called “a decade-long dream” with her judging duties, in addition to participating in a chat with the 15 contestants left who are fighting for their spot to be named America’s Next Drag Superstar.
During a conversation that took place in the Werk Room on MTV’s official after show Untucked, she got pretty candid, sharing some of her personal struggles in what it’s taken her to make it as one of mainstream country’s biggest stars, saying:
“I’m 32, but I’ve been performing since I was 10. American Idol, I tried out for. America’s Got Talent, The Voice — they all said no.
I was devastated, obviously. And now I’m so glad I took the long way… because now people audition with my songs on those shows!”
But the part that has rubbed some people the wrong way came when Maren took time to apologizeto members of the LGBTQ+ community on behalf of the entire country music community:
“Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ members, I just want to say I’m sorry.
And I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music. I just thank you guys so much for inspiring me. I’m gonna cry! I gotta go!”
If you do a quick search on Twitter, you’ll find people supporting Maren, criticizing her, and just about everything in between.
We have yet to hear from any big country artists specifically, though, but duo Thompson Square (who had a #1 country radio hit back in 2011 with “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”) seemingly fired back at Maren in a tweet of their own earlier this afternoon, sarcastically saying they didn’t realize there was a spokesperson “for all of country music these days”:
“Didn’t realize there was a spoke person for all of country music these days.#curious”
Of course, they didn’t tag Maren or explicitly name any names, but it’s hard to imagine they would be referring to anything else, especially because of how big this story has become over the last few days:
Didn’t realize there was a spoke person for all of country music these days.🤔🤔🤔 #curious
It’s no secret that Maren is very outspoken about her political beliefs on social media, as she recently got into a huge social media fight with Brittany Aldean a short while back, after Brittany posted a video of herself putting on makeup on Instagram, saying she was thankful her parents never “changed her gender when I went through my tomboy phase.”
You can read more about in in-depth HERE, but basically, the two went back and forth on transgender rights and larger gender rolls in society. Maren even skipped most of the CMA Awards because of it, which you can read about HERE.
Maren has yet to make any further public statements about the story, but stay tuned, because there’s likely more to come on that front…