Brittany Aldean got into a heated feud with country stars Maren Morris and Cassady Bob over the weekend, after Jason Aldean’s wife posted a joke on Instagram.
After the backlash, Brittany took to Instagram on Wednesday (August 31) to share her new merchandise, which features the phrase “Don’t Step On Our Kids” in classic Barbie font. painting I reached out to Mattel for comment on the line. “Usually, my words have been taken out of context for the past week,” she commented on the post. “Instead of getting around twisting my words, I choose to take some good out of it. Introducing the new Barbie-inspired LIVE collection** Through this launch, we will be bringing back and supporting operationlightshine in an effort to help combat child exploitation and human trafficking.”
On August 23, Brittany was criticized 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 a tomboy. I love this feminine life.”
In a word-of-mouth statement via Instagram Stories on Friday (August 26), Brittany expanded her thoughts on transgender youth and their rights to care gender assertion: Affirmation care is ‘one of the worst evils’. I will always support my children and do whatever I can to protect their innocence.” “The other day, Memphis wanted to be a dinosaur and tomorrow the Navy will want to be a cat. They are children. Some parents want to be accepted by society so deeply that they are willing to make life-changing decisions for their children who are not yet old enough to fully understand the consequences of those actions. Love protects your child until he is mature enough as an adult to make his own life decisions. Thanking my parents for allowing me to go through the Tom Boy phase without changing my gender.”
In response to the anti-transgender comments, Cassadee Pope wrote on Twitter, “You’d think celebrities with beauty brands would see the pros of including LGBTQ+ people in their messages. But instead, here we go, we hear someone compare it to a “tomboy phase” With someone who wants to move in. Really nice.”
Maren Morris responded to Bob’s tweet in agreement, writing, “Too easy not to be a bad guy? Sell your videos and hit it up, Insurrection Barbie.”
It’s so easy not to be a stupid human being? Sell and compress your videos, Insurrection Barbie.
– Maren Morris 26 August 2022
On Instagram, Morris went on to talk about Brittany Aldean with Bob: “You know, I’m glad she didn’t become a boy either because we really don’t need another man in the world. It sucks when Karen’s tries to hide their homophobia behind their ‘protection of children.’ Didn’t they put Their kids in ‘Biden Biddo’ T-shirts on social media? Sounds like a real safe way to protect them from millions of eyes! F – All the way to Insurrection Barbie and fellow international mediator trolling this comment section with their hypocritical and hateful style.”
Transgender is a term for any person whose gender does not correspond to the gender identified at birth. Gender identity is not the same as sexual expression, i.e. to be a “tomboy”. According to the Human Rights Campaign, which provides information and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community, “At some point, nearly all children will engage in gender-related behavior — girls will play with trucks, boys will play with dolls, and girls will hate wearing them. Dresses and boys will insist on wearing them — and the behavior does not mean inappropriate behavior.” Gender-conforming is necessarily that a child is transgender. However, sometimes these behaviors can tell us what a child might feel about their gender—with some children identifying as a gender other than the gender they were assigned at the time they were children.”
The HRC adds, “The general rule for determining whether a child is transgender or nonbinary (rather than gender mismatch or heterosexual) is whether the child is consistent, assertive, and persistent about his or her transgender identity.
Transgender children before puberty can often begin to socialize, change name and pronouns, or wear a style that best aligns with their identity. It is also possible to make legal changes to the names and genders listed in identification documents. Transgender children are not offered puberty blockers or hormonal therapies until they reach puberty, and medical guidelines generally do not recommend sex-confirming surgeries before the child reaches 18 years of age.
See the GLAAD page here for more transgender information and resources.
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