"I'd really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase. I love this girly life," Aldean, 34, captioned a makeup reveal video. The comment comes amid ongoing debate and efforts to restrict access to gender-affirming care.
Without tagging her, Pope, 32, shared her response to Aldean, who has a line of hair extensions, Xo Britt, on Friday on Twitter and Instagram.
"You'd think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging," The Voice winner and country artist wrote. "But instead here we are, hearing someone compare their 'tomboy phase' to someone wanting to transition. Real nice."
You’d think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging. But instead here we are, hearing someone compare their “tomboy phase” to someone wanting to transition. Real nice.
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) August 26, 2022
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Oladokun, 30, who identifies as LGBTQ, quote tweeted Pope's statement with a selfie in which she gave the peace sign, captioned with: "Waking up happy that my parents didn't raise me to be as rude and nasty as @brittanyaldean."
"I also would like to say the LGBTQs have clearer skin without whatever she pushin'," she added.
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Morris, 32, chimed in with a response to Pope's tweet: "It's so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human? Sell your clip-ins and zip it, Insurrection Barbie."
The Grammy-winner's comment sparked a back-and-forth with conservative pundit and Aldean's friend Candace Owens. "It's easier to not castrate your children. But I guess whatever helps sell bad records," Owens, 33, wrote.
— joy oladokun is sweet but will fight you. (@joyoladokun) August 26, 2022
"Oh my god, not you. My Grammy is positively sobbing right now," Morris responded. "Also, why do y'all always go to 'castration' and 'pedophiles' to try and shut an argument down? It's honestly concerning and worth looking into."
Oh my god, not you. My Grammy is positively sobbing right now. Also, why do y’all always go to “castration” and “pedophiles” to try and shut an argument down? It’s honestly concerning and worth looking into.
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) August 26, 2022
Aldean, 34, later shared a response to Pope on her Instagram Story, after sharing a screenshot of the Thrive artist's tweet.
"Advocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it 'gender affirming care' is one of the worst evils," she wrote in part.
"Some parents want to be accepted by society so badly, that they're willing to make life-altering decisions for their children who aren't old enough to fully comprehend the consequences of those actions," Aldean added. "Love is protecting your child until they are mature enough as an adult to make their own life decisions."
Meanwhile, Ryan Hurd backed up his wife Morris, writing, "Scoring quick points by picking on trans kids isn't something that is brave at all. And I'm proud of Maren for sticking up for them. Badge of honor to have [Owens] engage in completely normal discourse, too. Shut up and sing only applies to those who you disagree with. Getting a lot of people telling me our career is over, as if the last time she spoke up about something it disappeared. Honestly, we're pretty ok over here. Tours are good, got a 2 year old we love, we're f—ing fine, and I promise she isn't going to shut up now."
He added, "And on another note, I always support and love Maren, I know I'm sparse in the internet but I am proud of her and always will be. For everything she stands for, I do too. Ready to get some rest together and enjoy our little kid. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend."
Getting a lot of people telling me our career is over, as if the last time she spoke up about something it disappeared. Honestly, we’re pretty ok over here. Tours are good, got a 2 year old we love, we’re fucking fine, and I promise she isn’t going to shut up now.
— Ryan Hurd (@RyanHurd) August 27, 2022
At least 13 U.S. states have signed anti-LGBTQ legislation into law and another 23 states have introduced such bills in 2022 alone, according to HRC, with many of those laws targeting transgender youth and gender-affirming care.
Last week, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals published an opinion that 1990's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extends to those suffering from gender dysphoria, a potential landmark ruling that could guarantee access to gender-affirming care.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ramped up attacks on trans youth, directing the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate parents for child abuse after they provided gender-affirming care for their children. Florida and Alabama have since adopted similar policies.