Country music star Maren Morris dared the state of Tennessee to arrest her for recently bringing her 2-year-old son to meet a room full of drag queens. The defiant action was in response to new legislation in Tennessee that bans drag shows near schools and public property.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed Senate Bill 3 into law earlier this month. The legislation protects children from "adult cabaret performances," which includes drag shows. The new law bans adult cabaret performances from being conducted on public property, near schools, or in any location that could be viewed by children.
Morris lashed out at the new Tennessee law by daring the state to arrest her.
On Monday, Morris and other musicians, such as Hayley Williams, Sheryl Crow, and Hozier, performed with Tennessee drag queens to protest the new law protecting children from adult-themed shows.
During the "Love Rising" event earlier this week, Morris talked about introducing her then-2-year-old son to drag queens.
"I brought my son here earlier today for sound check, and he’s turning 3 this week, and we got to go in the room where all the queens were getting ready and doing their makeup," Morris told the audience on Monday.
"And he freaked out when he went in there because it’s just magic what drag queens do," Morris added. "There’s wigs everywhere, and the smell of hairspray and wig glue; there’s glitter; everyone’s in a good mood. It’s just like a room of love."
Morris claimed, "And we went back to my dressing room and my son is like, 'I need the queens!' I'm like, 'Uh, you’re looking at her?'"
"Yes, I introduced my son to some drag queens today, so Tennessee, f***ing arrest me," Morris declared.
Fox News reported, "The country singer, famous for songs like 'The Middle,' also revealed in an Instagram story from Tuesday that she asked her stylist to put her in a suit on purpose 'to demonstrate the subjectivity of drag and gender expression.' 'There’s a reason we feel powerful in a suit, but why? Is it our tinges of both the feminine and masculine being on public display? Is it just more comfortable than a dress? Or is it just hot and makes you feel like a damn superhero?'"
Morris – who rose to country music stardom with her Grammy-winning song "My Church" – shared photos and videos of the event on Instagram. She thanked Nashville, the "gorgeous queens," and the LGBTQ+ community for attending the event.
Morris is originally from Texas, but has been living in Nashville for more than 10 years. She is married to fellow country singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd.
Morris made headlines last September when she attacked the wife of country music star Jason Aldean for showing concern about children getting life-altering transgender surgeries.
Brittany Aldean shared an Instagram video of 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 hinted that Brittany Aldean was a "scumbag human" and "insurrection Barbie" for the comment that some deemed to be "transphobic."
Aldean said her words were "taken out of context," then fired back, "Advocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it ‘gender-affirming care’ is one of the worst evils. I will always support my children and do what I can to protect their innocence."
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