Maren Morris Doesn’t Feel ‘Comfortable’ Attending CMA Awards After Aldean Clash

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There is no meeting in the middle for singer Maren Morris and Brittany Aldean, the wife of country star Jason Alden who sparked controversy with recent transphobic comments on social media.

After swapping barbs with the conservative couple in recent weeks and brilliantly using an insult from Tucker Carlson to raise money for transgender advocacy groups, Morris plans to skip the upcoming Country Music Awards.

Despite being nominated for Album of the Year for her latest record ‘Humble Quest’, the singer said she’s not sure I [at] home” at next month’s ceremony.

“There will be so many people I love in that room, and maybe I’ll make a decision during the game and go,” Morris told The Los Angeles Times in an interview published Monday. “But right now I don’t feel comfortable going.”

“I think I was more sad to go last year. Some evenings are fun. Others I just crawl out of my skin,’ she continued. “I’m not good at those events because I’m clumsy. But this time I feel a little peaceful at the idea of ​​not going.”

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The clash started after Morris called Brittany Aldean via an Instagram post that read: “I would really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender as I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life.”

Aldean directly attacked transgender youth in a follow-up post, calling gender-affirming health care “one of the worst evils” and rejecting “child genital mutilation.”

Morris addressed the comments in a now viral response on Twitter: “It’s so easy to, like, not be an asshole? Sell your clip-ins and zip them up, Insurrection Barbie.”

Morris explained to the LA Times that she was “just shot” before anyone spread her message.

Morris said she is behind Aldean calling “Insurrection Barbie” for spreading conspiracy theories after the January 6, 2021 riots in the Capitol.

Jason Aldean and Brittany Aldean attend the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 22, 2022.

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“I have no feelings of kindness when it comes to people being fooled into questioning their identity, especially children,” Morris explained. “The whole ‘When they go low, we go high’ thing doesn’t work for these people. Any resistance movement is not done with kind words. And there are much worse things I could have called her.”

“It’s not, ‘Oh, this is bad, and this is good, and we can agree to disagree.’ No, we can’t, and you’re getting information that’s inaccurate,” she continued. “Your words matter. Your misinformation matters.”

Citing the response The Chicks infamously received years ago for comments about the Iraq war, Morris said “everything got worse” in the country music world after Donald Trump’s election in 2016.

Through the gap, Morris, one of the genre’s rising stars, feels increasingly confident in her own musical perspective while at the same time being isolated from many of her peers.

However, Morris has heavy hitters in her corner, including Kacey Musgraves and the Brothers Osborne, who she says have guided her through the feud, as well as Brandi Carlile.

“There are people in country music who want it to be a niche. They don’t want it to expand,” she said. “They don’t care about it becoming more inclusive. It’s theirs, and everyone else is another, or awake, or whatever. That’s sad for me because I feel like country music is, at its core, people’s real stories.”

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