Starting off this year the same way she finished 2022, country music singer Maren Morris is once again making headlines for trashing the community responsible for launching her career.
During her recent appearance as a featured celebrity guest on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” the “My Church” singer went out of her way to smear the country music world as anti-LGBT and took it upon herself to apologize on its behalf.
“Coming from country music and its relationship with LGBTQ+ members, I just want to say I’m sorry,” an emotional Morris said to a group of drag queens. “And I love you guys for making me feel like a brave voice in country music. So, I just thank you guys so much for inspiring me.”
“I’ve done some cool sh-t. #DragRace is rivaling it all,” she added in Jan. 13 tweet.
Try as she may to cast herself as a tolerant person, the incident was hardly the first time Morris openly smeared country music and its millions of adoring fans. During a September interview with the Los Angeles Times, the “Rich” singer accused the industry of being “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 Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. The interview was largely based on Morris’ August feud with Brittany Aldean, the wife of country performer Jason Aldean who took a public stand against the trans-ing of vulnerable children.
After posting 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,” Morris attacked Brittany Aldean, calling her “a scumbag human” and “Insurrection Barbie.” The latter insult was in reference to the Aldean couple’s previously expressed support for Trump.
Not backing down in the face of adversity, Aldean responded in kind on Instagram, saying that advocation “for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it ‘gender affirming care,’ is one of the worst evils.”
“Some parents want to be accepted by society so badly that they’re willing to make life-altering decisions for their children who aren’t old enough to fully comprehend the consequences of those actions,” Aldean wrote. “Love is protecting your child until they are mature enough as an adult to make their own life decisions.”
Morris Is a Hollywood Elitist in Country Drag
Morris’ specific comments during her “RuPaul” appearance are not surprising. In recent years, the singer has revealed herself to be another Hollywood-minded elitist who regularly looks down upon and chastises Americans who choose to follow God’s Word and scientific evidence. And just like her L.A. counterparts, Morris makes no concrete effort to understand them or their beliefs.
Of course, Morris had no problem with the people she now calls “racist” and “transphobic” when she needed their help to jump-start her career. During her early years as a songwriter and artist, Morris made a living off the backs of the God-loving country fans she now denigrates. It was these people who requested that radio stations play her music and helped launch her into stardom.
Now that she’s made a big enough name for herself, however, Morris can let her true feelings fly. Thanks to streaming platforms — which younger artists such as Morris have used to cultivate audiences of young, upper-class listeners — she doesn’t need country radio or the community who helped build her career, and will happily slander either at any available opportunity.
While she’s certainly entitled to her opinions, Morris’ bid to portray herself as a person of virtue is fooling no one. Her routine demonization of those who dare to think differently than she does has shown us exactly who she is.
If she finds the industry that put her on the map so repulsive, perhaps Morris should do country music a favor by packing up her “’80s Mercedes” and hitting the road.
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
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