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Singer Maren Morris doesn't 'feel comfortable' attending CMAs after feud with Jason Aldean's wife, says country music has culture of transphobia and racism, addresses criticism from Tucker Carlson and Candace Owens
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Singer Maren Morris doesn't 'feel comfortable' attending CMAs after feud with Jason Aldean's wife, says country music has culture of transphobia and racism, addresses criticism from Tucker Carlson and Candace Owens

Singer Maren Morris is nominated for the coveted album of the year award, but she may skip the Country Music Association Awards because of the ongoing feud with the wife of country music star Jason Aldean .

The situation began on Aug. 23, when Brittany Aldean shared an Instagram video of her 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."

The wife of Jason Aldean is seen laughing in the video.

Some people – including Maren Morris – believed the comment was transphobic.

Morris reacted by saying , "It's so easy to like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie."

Brittany retorted, "Per usual, my words have been taken out of context over the last week."

Brittany Aldean railed against transgender surgeries and treatments that are called "gender-affirming care."

"Advocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it ‘gender-affirming care’ is one of the worst evils," she wrote on Instagram. "I will always support my children and do what I can to protect their innocence."

Morris – who is nominated for album of the year for her "Humble Quest" album – said she may skip the CMAs because she doesn't "feel comfortable" attending the award show.

"Honestly, I haven’t decided if I’m gonna go," Morris told the Los Angeles Times . "I’m very honored that my record is nominated. But I don’t know if I feel [at] 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," she added. "But as of right now, I don’t feel comfortable going."

Morris said, "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."

Morris explained that she maligned Brittany Aldean as "Insurrection Barbie" because the "whole conspiracy theory peddling of Jan. 6, they totally partook in that."

"I don’t have feelings of kindness when it comes to humans being made fun of for questioning their identity, especially kids," she continued.

Morris referenced Michelle Obama's famous "when they go low, we go high" quote from the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and said that philosophy "doesn’t work with these people."

"Any resistance movement is not done with kind words," Morris declared. "And there’s a lot worse things I could’ve called her."

Regarding the tweet attacking Aldean, Morris said, "I hate feeling like I need to be the hall monitor of treating people like human beings in country music. It’s exhausting."

Morris said country music has 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." She tacked on, "It just becomes normal for people to behave like that."

Morris felt as though the transphobia, homophobia, and racism "got worse" when Donald Trump was president. She claimed that since 2016, "That’s when everything got worse — irreparable, almost."

"I think there are people in country music that want it to be niche," she stated. "They don’t want it to expand. They don’t care about it becoming more inclusive. It’s theirs, and everyone else is an other, or woke, or whatever. That’s sad to me, because I feel like country music at its core is people’s real stories."

Brittany Aldean appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" earlier this month. Host Tucker Carlson called Morris a "lunatic country music person."

When asked about Carlson's comment, Morris said she hadn't seen the video clip. She said Kacey Musgraves sent the video to her, and she reacted by saying, "And I was like, 'Oh, here we go.'"

Morris began selling t-shirts that read: "Lunatic country music person."

Morris claimed to have raised over $150,000 for GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program and Trans Lifeline by selling the t-shirts.

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Conservative commentator Candace Owens blasted Morris and Cassadee Pope.

"It's easier to not castrate your children," Owens wrote on Twitter . "But I guess whatever helps sell bad records."

Morris was asked about the criticism from Owens and Carlson, and she replied, "I’m from Texas. I have a ton of family and people I’ve grown up with who are conservative and watch Tucker and probably follow Candace. But even they all have reached out to say, 'We’re on your side.'"

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