Brittany Aldean makes a high-profile complaint amid the recent controversy

The following article contains language and claims about transphobia and discussions about homophobia, human trafficking and pedophilia.

Brittany Aldean, wife of country musician Jason Aldean, has found herself in hot water with another country star, “The Middle” singer Maren Morris. The online feud between the two women has gotten pretty ugly, but Aldean has chosen not to back down in the face of allegations of transphobia stemming from comments she made about her gender in an Instagram role.

To recap, the feud began when Aldean shared an Instagram post (via Variety) with a caption that read, “I really want to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I got my tomboy- went through. I love this girl’s life.” In response, Morris clapped back, calling Aldean a “scumbag man” and telling her, “Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie.”

Aldean doubled down on her controversial comments, posting a quote from Republican personality Robby Starbuck, which reads: “If you’re silent about your beliefs because you’re afraid someone will be offended, then you don’t really care about your beliefs, you care more about what people think about them.” think you” (via Page Six). Now Aldean is back and she sets the record straight regarding previous comments.

Brittany Aldean says her comments were “taken out of context”.

Adding fuel to the fire, Brittany Aldean is back to defend herself against the allegations against her. “As usual, my words have been taken out of context over the past week,” Aldean wrote in the caption of her Instagram post, with the comment followed by an eye-rolling emoji. Curiously, Aldean doesn’t provide any further information on exactly how her words were misunderstood. However, she added, “Rather than getting upset about the twisting of my words, I’ve decided to make something good out of it” — promptly announcing the launch of her new Barbie-inspired clothing line with sister-in-law Kasi Rosa Wick.

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The brand supports Operation Light Shine with the slogan “Don’t Tread On Our Kids”. Operation Light Shine is not an LGBTQ+-oriented charity, but the Nashville, Tennessee-based organization’s website reveals that it “[use] a task force concept to unite organizations in the fight against human trafficking and child exploitation.”

Importantly, child trafficking has been singled out as a cause by opponents of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States — usually in the context of far-right conspiracy theories like QAnon, as detailed in articles from publications like The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Some members of the LGBTQ+ community have been assailed by allegations that they are “groomers” (or child abductors), once a common line of homophobic rhetoric that has seen a resurgence online (via NPR).