“#NewProfilePic,” the country star captioned Carlson’s interview with Brittany Aldean. While the headline did not appear on the screen, Carlson called Morris a “lunatic” and a “fake country music singer” during the interview.
“omgahhh the highest honor,” replied Chrissy Teigen, with Cassadee Pope — who was also involved in the online spat — added, “[laughing emojis] definitely a framer.”
omgahhh the highest honor
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) 2 September 2022
😂😂😂😂 definitely a framer
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) 2 September 2022
On August 23, Brittany came under fire for a makeup video she posted with the caption, “I really want to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girl life.”
In statement via Instagram stories on Friday (August 26), Brittany elaborated on her thoughts on transgender youth and their rights to gender-affirming care: “Advocating child genital mutilation under the guise 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,” she wrote. “Yesterday Memphis would be a dinosaur and tomorrow Navy will be a cat. They are children. Some parents want to be accepted by society so much that they are willing to make life-changing decisions for their children who are not old enough to fully understand the consequences of those actions. Love is protecting your child until they are mature enough as an adult to make their own life decisions. Grateful that my parents allowed me to go through my tom boy phase without changing my gender.”
Aldean’s comments on social media were considered transphobic by many and also drew backlash from some in the country music community, including Morris and Pope.
In response, Pope wrote on Twitter: “You’d think celebrities with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging. But instead, here we are, hearing someone compare their ‘tomboy phase’ to someone, who want to change. Really nice.”
Morris responded in agreement to Pope’s tweet, writing: “It’s that easy not to be a scumbag? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Resurrection Barbie.”
She added: “I think children shouldn’t be allowed to make these life-changing decisions at such a young age. They’re not mature enough; they should have parents who love them and advocate for them regardless. We have ages on everything . We have it for cigarettes, driving, military, voting…yet for some reason people think we can let a child choose their gender at such a young age? It’s very confusing to me.”
Transgender is a term for anyone whose gender does not match their gender assigned at birth. Gender identity is also not the same as gender expression, i.e. being a “tomboy”.
Pre-adolescent transgender children may often begin a social transition, changing one’s name and pronouns or wearing a style that best suits their identity. Legal changes to names and genders given in identification documents are also possible. Transgender children are not offered puberty blockers or hormone treatments until they reach puberty, and medical guidelines generally do not recommend genital sex-affirmation surgery until a child turns 18.
See GLAAD’s site here for more transgender information and resources.