Singer-songwriter Maren Morris recently announced it Departure from country music and cited the impact of the “Trump years” on the genre as the reason for her departure. “After the Trump years, people’s prejudices were clear to see,” Grammy winner Morris said during a press conference interview with the Los Angeles Times, published Friday. “It just showed who people really are and that they pride themselves on being misogynistic, racist, homophobic and transphobic.” Morris also alluded to Jason Aldean’s controversial hit “Try That in a Small Town,” saying that she doesn’t like the way music is used as a “poisonous weapon in culture wars”.
“People are streaming these songs out of spite,” Morris said, adding, “It’s not out of genuine joy or love for the music. It’s about owning the libraries. And that’s not what music is meant for. It should be music.” the voice of the oppressed – the actual oppressed. And now it’s being used as a really toxic weapon in culture wars.”
In the past, Morris has criticized Brittany Aldean, Jason Aldean’s wife, for her comments last year about gender-inclusive child care, according to The Hill. Shortly after, former Fox News host Tucker Carlson described Morris as a “crazy country person,” and Morris – best known for her hit “The Bones” – responded by raising $100,000 for pro-trans groups, by selling T-shirts with Carlson’s nickname.