Country stars cheer after singer’s wife makes transphobic comments

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Country music stars have applauded transphobic comments from Brittany Kerr Aldean, a beauty lifestyle influencer married to Grammy-nominated country music artist Jason Aldean.

In an Aug. 24 video shared with her 2.2 million Instagram followers, Brittany Kerr Aldean wrote, “I would really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girl life. The accompanying video showed a before and after of her in make-up, hairstyle and a sparkling blouse.

Her husband commented on her post with a laughing emoji, writing, “Lmao!! I’m glad they didn’t too, because you and I wouldn’t have worked.

Also, trans kids don’t just go through a “tomboy phase.” Trans children often identify as another gender “persistently, insistently and consistently” for years in their early youth.

Brittany Kerr Aldean’s comment ignorantly repeats the right-wing claim that trans kids only exist because adults coercively “change” their gender identity. The right uses this argument to claim that LGBTQ people and their allies are “preparing” children for queer identities and sexual abuse. As such, right-wingers argue, we are “protecting the kids” by banning LGBTQ content from public schools.

Although there is no evidence that parents are transitioning children – if anything, authority figures in the lives of trans children often strongly object to their children living authentically. – the law has come to believe that there are parents and teachers who force children to change sex for selfish reasons. the reasons. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) even accused parents of wanting a trans kid because trans kids are fashionable “like a purse.”

While Brittany Kerr Aldean’s comment may seem innocuous to some, she and her husband have become “increasingly outspoken as conservative activists, without too much comment or denial from more centrist or liberal country stars.” . Variety reported.

In an overly long follow-up comment she posted on Instagram, she compared identifying as transgender to identifying as a cat or as a dinosaur. She added: “Advocating for child genital mutilation under the guise of love and calling it ‘gender-affirming care’ is one of the worst evils…. Love protects your child until he is mature enough as an adult to make his own life decisions.

Gender affirmation care for minors does not include surgery. The myth that it does has become a popular belief on the right, leading to death threats against children’s hospitals.

His comments repeat far-right transphobic talking points, as explained below.

Thankfully, several county music stars cheered on his clueless comment.

“You’d think celebrities with cutie marks would see the benefits of including LGBTQ+ people in their posts,” Grammy-nominated country singer Cassadee Pope tweeted in a post that didn’t name Brittany Kerr. Aldean. “But instead, we hear someone compare their ‘tomboy phase’ to someone wanting to transition. Really nice.

Country musician Maren Morris, whose music has earned her more than 30 awards and 90 nominations, also responded.

Initially responding in the Instagram comments section of Brittany Kerr Aldean’s video, she wrote, “You know I’m glad she didn’t become a boy either because we really don’t need a other guy *** the world. It sucks when the Karens try to hide their homophobia/transphobia behind their “child protection”. »

Then, on Pope’s Twitter comment, Morris replied, “Is it so easy, like, not to be a human bastard? Sell ​​your clips and zip them up, Barbie Insurrection.

Morris’ response caught the eye of transphobic conservative scholar Candace Owens. Owens tagged her in a post on Twitter, writing, “It’s easier not to neuter your kids. But I guess anything that helps sell bad records.

Morris responded to Owens, writing, “Oh my god, not you. My Grammy is positively sobbing right now. Also, why do you always go to “castration” and “pedophiles” to try to end an argument? This is honestly concerning and worth looking into.

Owens replied, “When you cut off a penis, that’s the literal definition of castration. So yes, I always go to basic English definitions. Also, I said groomers, not pedophiles. Do you have anything else in mind that you want to share with the class, sick? »

A groomer is someone who befriends and establishes an emotional bond with a minor, and sometimes the child’s family, to lower the child’s inhibitions for the purpose of sexual abuse, according to one definition provided by anti-sex abuse organization The Pandora Project.

In response to Pope’s initial tweet, queer musician Joy Oladokun wrote, “Waking up glad my parents didn’t raise me to be as rude and mean as @brittanyaldean.”

Lesbian musician Brandi Carlile also posted a Twitter message, thanking Morris.

“Well done @MarenMorris,” she wrote. “It is when you bear another’s burden selflessly that you truly reflect the love of the gods. A way of not tolerating disgusting behavior. It’s hard…but good to see that hidden divide exposed in country music – let your little light shine.

Toya J. Bell