“Crazy country music guy.”
These four little words have helped country musician Maren Morris put her money where her mouth is when it comes to supporting the trans community.
Over the weekend, the “Middle” singer raised more than $100,000 for GLAAD and Trans Lifeline’s Transgender Media Program by donating T-shirts that read “Lunatic Country Music Person” along with her name and phone number to a helpline for Selling transgender youth.
Morris was inspired and cheered after Fox News host Tucker Carlson criticized her for calling Brittany Aldean, wife of country music star Jason Aldean. On August 23, Brittany Aldean posted a makeup transformation video on Instagram with a transphobic caption.
“I really want to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I was going through my tomboy phase,” Aldean wrote. “I love this girl life.”
On Aug. 26, Morris shared her outrage at Aldean’s caption on twitter, Write: “It’s so easy not to be a scumbag? Sell your clip-ins and zip it up, Insurrection Barbie.”
During his “Tucker Carlson Tonight” segment on Sept. 1, the host highlighted Aldean’s post and interviewed her about the backlash. Carlson also lashed out at Morris and country artist Cassadee Pope, who also spoke out against Aldean’s comment.
“No sane society would have a problem with such words or even notice them, but in 2022 this is a time when you will be led to believe that minors should be castrated by their parents,” Carlson said, referring to gender-affirming ones operations and treatment.
Then Carlson called Morris “a maniac” and a “fake country singer.” However, Morris did not take Carlson’s dig personally. Instead, she owned it.
“#NewProfilePic,” she joked captioned a tweet on Friday, which featured a Chyron reading “Lunatic Country Music Person” under a photo of her.
Later that day, she revealed the black “Insane Country Music Person” shirt., which retails for $35, noting that all proceeds would go to the organizations mentioned above. By Friday night, Morris said fans were standing up $63,000 in two hours. The next day Sales reached more than $100,000.
In addition to t-shirts supporting the trans community, the Carlson insult gave Morris’ fanbase a cheeky new name.
“Have a great Labor Day weekend lunatics,” Morris wrote to her nearly 850,000 Twitter followers.
The “Make You Say” singer is up for Album of the Year (for “Humble Quest”) at this year’s CMA Awards, which announced their nominations on Wednesday.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-09-07/maren-morris-raises-funds-transgender-community-tucker-carlson-insult Maren Morris milks Tucker Carlson insult to help trans youth