Brittany Aldean’s comments on gender are praised and bashed by stars

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Country music and famous political commentators are embroiled in a battle of words in the aftermath of Brittany Aldean's message in which she thanked her parents for "not changing" her gender when she enjoyed a "tomboy phase" in her youth.

The controversy, which predominantly surrounded what some believe to be hateful and transphobic comments by Aldean, caught the attention of two female country music stars, Marren Morris and Cassadee Pope.

Aldean, who is married to Grammy-nominated singer Jason Aldean, doubled down when she was met with criticism from Pope, sharing to her Instagram story, "Advocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise 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 do protect their innocence."

Originally, Pope and Morris took to their Twitter's to share their distaste of Aldean's comments. Pope questioned why a beauty-owner, such as Aldean, would alienate or exclude a certain group of people with her words.

As a result, a slew of other famous faces, including the woman at the forefront's husbands, shared their hot-takes on the comments made by Aldean.

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Cassadee Pope immediately inserted herself into the conversation after Brittany Aldean's comments were made, and even shared to her Instagram a pointed caption about the feud. <span class="copyright">Michael Loccisano/Instagram</span>
Cassadee Pope immediately inserted herself into the conversation after Brittany Aldean's comments were made, and even shared to her Instagram a pointed caption about the feud. Michael Loccisano/Instagram

It was really Pope's tweet after Aldean's comments that began to get traction and got the feud brewing.

"The Voice" singer took to her Instagram to share a cheeky post addressing getting underneath the skin of someone "you don't like in the first place." This was seemingly a jab at Aldean.

Marren Morris was quick to support Cassadee Pope. <span class="copyright">John Shearer/ACMA2021/Getty Images for ACM</span>
Marren Morris was quick to support Cassadee Pope. John Shearer/ACMA2021/Getty Images for ACM

Beneath that Instagram post shared by Pope, Morris wrote, "You know, I'm glad she didn't become a boy either because we really don't need another a-----e dude in the world. Sucks when Karens try to hide their homophobia/transphobia behind their ‘protectiveness of the children.’"

Additionally, Morris shared another Instagram post with the caption, "Burn it the f*** down. What a loving, inclusive crowd," seemingly referencing the exclusivity she believed Aldean's comments carried.

Kristin Chenoweth seemingly shared her two cents with simple "Yup." under Marren Morris' Instagram. <span class="copyright">Kevin Winter/Instagram</span>
Kristin Chenoweth seemingly shared her two cents with simple "Yup." under Marren Morris' Instagram. Kevin Winter/Instagram

Underneath the Instagram post shared by Morris, actress Kristin Chenoweth chimed in, simply stating, "Yup."

Chenoweth has been a long-time supporter of LGBTQ rights.

Ryan Hurd, a country musician just like his wife Marren Morris, championed her for speaking up for trans kids. <span class="copyright">Jeff Kravitz/Twitter</span>
Ryan Hurd, a country musician just like his wife Marren Morris, championed her for speaking up for trans kids. Jeff Kravitz/Twitter

Ryan Hurd, Morris' husband, an accomplished musician and songwriter in his own right, spoke out on Twitter following the feud, and applauded his wife for sticking up for trans kids.

He wrote, "Shut up and sign only applies to those who you disagree with."

Brittany Aldean shared her appreciation for her fans with a simple Instagram post, saying "I love y'all, that's all." <span class="copyright">Jason Kempin</span>
Brittany Aldean shared her appreciation for her fans with a simple Instagram post, saying "I love y'all, that's all." Jason Kempin

In the wake of what turned out to be very contentious remarks, Aldean posted a photo of herself to her own Instagram, writing, "I love y'all, that's all," adding three red heart emojis.

Aldean has never shied away in the past from speaking out on her beliefs, no matter the backlash she may face.

Jason Aldean commented on his wife's post, writing, "MY Barbie!!" which was likely referencing Marren Morris' Twitter insult calling Aldean an "Insurrection Barbie." <span class="copyright">Mickey Bernal/Instagram</span>
Jason Aldean commented on his wife's post, writing, "MY Barbie!!" which was likely referencing Marren Morris' Twitter insult calling Aldean an "Insurrection Barbie." Mickey Bernal/Instagram

Jason Aldean vehemently defended his wife, even calling her his own "Barbie."

This was likely in reference to the tweet Morris wrote about his wife, where she called the "American Idol" alumna an "Insurrection Barbie."

Candace Owens expressed her thoughts on the comments made by Brittany Aldean, which some took to be transphobic. <span class="copyright">Jason Davis</span>
Candace Owens expressed her thoughts on the comments made by Brittany Aldean, which some took to be transphobic. Jason Davis

Candace Owens initially inserted herself into the Pope and Morris tweet conversation, where Morris called Aldean an "Insurrection Barbie."

The talk-show host blasted both artists, writing, "It's easier to not castrate your children. But I guess whatever helps sell bad records."

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Raeylnn then shared a photo of herself with Brittany and Owens, captioning the post: 'Mama bears for life.' <span class="copyright">Taylor Hill/Getty Images</span>
Raeylnn then shared a photo of herself with Brittany and Owens, captioning the post: 'Mama bears for life.' Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Raeylnn then shared a photo of herself with Brittany and Owens, captioning the post: "Mama bears for life."

Brittany then shared Raelynn's Instagram Story on her social media, along with the caption, "For life" and strong arm emojis.

"Queer Eye's" Jonathan Van Ness applauded Marren Morris for being an ally. <span class="copyright">Roy Rochlin/Twitter</span>
"Queer Eye's" Jonathan Van Ness applauded Marren Morris for being an ally. Roy Rochlin/Twitter

"Queer Eye" star Jonathan Van Ness responded to an article written and shared on Twitter about Morris and Pope addressing Aldean's comments. Van Ness, who considers themself to be non-binary, wrote they "love to see allies (sic)."

Kacey Musgraves subtly shared her opinions on the Brittany Aldean comments, by liking a single tweet. <span class="copyright">Joseph Okpako/WireImage</span>
Kacey Musgraves subtly shared her opinions on the Brittany Aldean comments, by liking a single tweet. Joseph Okpako/WireImage

Singer and Grammy Award-winner Kacey Musgraves was much more covert with her opinion on the Aldean comments, simply liking a tweet that most-likely was criticizing the appearance of Aldean in conjunction with her comments about trans children and their bodies.