Country singer Maren Morris leaving the industry because of Trump and 'racist' listeners

 September 18, 2023

Singer Maren Morris is leaving country music in protest of the genre's "racist" listeners.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she blamed Donald Trump and the industry in Nashville for supposedly catering to a reactionary audience.

Morris "acknowledges that, as a white woman, she’s benefited from the system as it is," the Times notes.

“I’ve said everything I can say,” she said.

Country singer calls it quits

She told the Times that Donald Trump revealed many Americans to be bigots, and country music has fueled the problem.

"After the Trump years, people’s biases were on full display. It just revealed who people really were and that they were proud to be misogynistic and racist and homophobic and transphobic," she said.

"All these things were being celebrated, and it was weirdly dovetailing with this hyper-masculine branch of country music. I call it butt rock."

She also said she wants to destroy the country music industry, but "it's burning itself down without my help."

She wasn't aiming for subtlety with her new song "The Tree," in which she describes country music as decayed and rotting from the inside.

In the music video, Morris walks through a desolate small town with signs featuring the Gadsden flag and messages like "go woke, go broke" and "I believe in God and guns."

Culture war

The video is an obvious parody of small-town America and the Jason Aldean song "Try That In a Small Town."

Morris - who entered a public spat over so-called "gender-affirming care" last year with Aldean and his wife Brittany - dismissed Aldean's song as rooted in "spite" and people refusing to accept change.

"It’s not out of true joy or love of the music. It’s to own the libs. And that’s so not what music is intended for. Music is supposed to be the voice of the oppressed — the actual oppressed. And now it’s being used as this really toxic weapon in culture wars," she told the Los Angeles Times. 

She discussed her friendship with Taylor Swift and being inspired by the massively successful pop star - who started out in country and has become known for promoting progressive causes.

"It was so inspiring," she said of a recent performance with Swift. "Performing for 3½ hours, three days in a row — no one can do that but her. And it’s such a supportive crowd: 90% women and 10% gays and dads. I’ve never felt so safe at a live show before."

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