Fox’s Tucker Carlson called country star Maren Morris a “crazy” after she defended transgender children — so she used the insult to raise more than $150,000 for organizations that support transgender youth.
Morris partners with GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ Media Advocacy Organization and Trans Lifeline to drop a shirt decorated with the words “Lunatic Country Music Person”.
Proceeds from the shirt will go to GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program and Trans Lifeline, which operates a hotline for transgender youth in crisis and provides micro-grants and support to transgender people in need, according to a statement shared with CNN.
Carlson called Morris a “crazy country music person” after she responded to comments about transgender youth made by country singer Jason Aldean’s wife, Brittany Kerr Aldean.
“I want to say a big thank you to my parents for not changing my gender as I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life,” Aldean wrote in the caption of posted a makeup video on Instagram.
“I’m glad they didn’t either, because you and I wouldn’t make it,” her Grammy-winning husband replied.
Morris jumped in to support Pope, writing, “This is not political. We call on someone because he is transphobic and finds it hilarious. That’s not it.”
Aldean said her words were taken out of context and appeared to respond to the comment with a: sweatshirt of her own with the text: “Don’t catch our kids.” Proceeds go to Shine operation lightthat combats trafficking in human beings and the sexual exploitation of children.
The exchange was a clear reference to the ongoing battles over transgender youth’s ability to access gender affirming care. In August, the Boston Children’s Hospital reported that: it had received violent threats due to misinformation that it has performed genital surgeries on young children. Gender affirmative care — an umbrella term for treatments that help transgender people align their physical features with their personal gender identity — is approved by major medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the Children’s Hospital Association.
“By speaking out publicly to support trans youth, country music superstar, Maren Morris connects with an audience that may be less familiar with the transgender community and the current wave of attacks on their rights,” said Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD’s vice president. president of communications and talent, in the statement of the organization.
“Not only is she using her platform and influence to advance the conversation and likely change hearts and minds, she is also raising critical funds that go directly to the work of GLAAD and Trans Lifeline to support the trans community at a time when more than necessary. ever.”