Country singer Maren Morris announced she will be leaving the genre and music industry due to the after effects of Donald Trump’s years as president.
The Grammy award-winning singer shared her thoughts on transitioning out of the music industry over the last year in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday. Morris primarily blamed what she called the Trump years, allowing people to feel “proud” for being misogynistic and racist in their music.
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“After the Trump years, people’s biases were on full display,” “The Bones” singer said. “It just revealed who people really were and that they were proud to be misogynistic and racist and homophobic and transphobic.”
Morris, who praised herself as an advocate for Black and LGBTQ artists in the genre, said her reasoning for leaving included its failure to become more accessible to these minorities as well as address its apparent history of racism and misogyny. “All these things were being celebrated, and it was weirdly dovetailing with this hyper-masculine branch of country music. I call it butt rock,” Morris added. The 33-year-old claimed that as a white woman, she’s benefited from the system, preaching that “Allyship begins with waking up from something really comfortable.”
These comments and decision came shortly after her feud with “Try that in a Small Town” singer Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany last year. Brittany wrote a social media post thanking her parents for not changing her gender as a kid.
“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,” Brittany Aldean wrote. Morris responded, “It’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie.”