Maren Morris Recalls the Public Fight with Tucker Carlson over LGBTQ Rights


maren morris He made history in New York on Saturday night when GLAAD became the first country music artist to receive the award for excellence in media.

in the 34th year GLAAD Media AwardsThe Grammy-winning artist was honored by Cynthia Lee Fontaine and Alyssa Edwards.

“I felt some trouble Tucker Carlson “For calling me crazy for opposing transphobia,” Morris told the crowd as he held his mug.

The New York Hilton Midtown ballroom exploded with boos and loud applause that caused the “My Church” singer to pause and smile.

The LGBTQ+ supporter had a notorious war of words with the recently defunct Fox News personality when she called him “crazy” and a “fake country music singer” in an interview with Brittany Aldean in August.

Country music singer Jason Aldean’s wife openly voiced her opinion against gender-affirming caregiving parents in a social media post, “I really want to thank my parents for not changing my gender while I was going through my tomboy period. . I love life like this girl.

Morris responded with a comment thread on Instagram. “Is it that easy not to be a scumbag? Sell ​​and zip up your clip-ins, Rebellion Barbie,” Morris wrote.

The conflict was just a memory of Morris’ continued support for the LGBTQ+ community. Continuing his speech at the annual ceremony, Morris urged “friends of country music artists to understand the power of inclusivity”.

“Even if you lose a little along the way, you’re opening yourself up and your music to a much wider audience,” he said. “The crowds at my shows are a sea of ​​diversity, from race, identity to age. It’s a loving, safe space for my band, my crew, the venue crew, and most importantly, my fans. This community stood up for me and made me feel safe when I felt lonely and I will never be able to repay it, but I hope I spend the rest of my life and career getting it in order.”

Karine Jean-Pierre and Harvey Guillén at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at the New York Hilton Midtown on May 13, 2023, in New York City.
Nina Westervelt for diversity

Other outstanding awards were also celebrated at the dinner gala organized by the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer media advocacy organization.

Harvey Guillén, the star of “What We Do in the Shadows”, hosted the night. Jonathan Van Ness also took the title as the first non-dual recipient of GLAAD’s Vito Russo award.

The impressive event featured a special performance as well as empowering speeches by Idina Menzel, who voiced her worldwide debut “Move” in front of key presenters and attendees such as GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, Bob the Drag Queen, Brooke Eden, James. . T. Lane, Frankie Grande, Bowen Yang, Joel Kim Booster, Christian Siriano, Trixie Mattel, Tamron Hall, Chris Perfett, and Montana State Representative Zooey Zephyr.

Idina Menzel at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held May 13, 2023, at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.
Nina Westervelt for diversity

“Island of Fire”, “Everything Is Possible”, “Heartstopper” and “We’re Here” took home the biggest awards of the night in film and television. “The Problem With Jon Stewart” took the award for outstanding variety or talk show episode, but Stewart was conspicuously absent during the ceremony.

“Jon is a member of the WGA. Alex Schmider, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Representation, accepts the award on his behalf, while he would be here otherwise. “GLAAD, of course, stands with Jon and all the WGA writers. Fair pay, fair working conditions and queer representation in writers’ rooms are urgent and necessary issues facing this industry.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was also in solidarity with the Hollywood workers: “Nights like these remind us of the importance of giving stories and storytellers dignity, respect, and the value they deserve. I sincerely hope that the writers’ strike is resolved and the writers are given the fair deal they deserve.”

Joel Kim Booster and the cast and creators of “Fire Island” at the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at the New York Hilton Midtown on May 13, 2023, in New York City.
Nina Westervelt for diversity

The importance of mutual respect shared between various industries was the theme of the night at the GLAAD Media Awards.

“I keep smiling because there is so much joy and love here. I think we have to overcome a lot to get this joy that comes out,” said actor Colman Domingo. Variation on the red carpet in the early evening. “It’s like 1000 disco balls. That’s how it feels tonight.”

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