Brittany Aldean, the wife of country music singer Jason Aldean, is not backing down from comments she made opposing gender transitions for children. “I’d really like to thank my parents for not changing my gender when I went through my tomboy phase,” she said on social media, “I love this girly life.”
The message ignited a firestorm that continues a week after she shared her views publicly. But instead of also coming out against children receiving elective therapy or surgery to remove breasts and penises, many entertainers have chimed in to support the controversial surgeries.
“You’d think celebs with beauty brands would see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging,” singer Cassadee Pope tweeted.
Pope’s comments defending transitioning procedures for children were supported by Marren Morris, Broadway star and Kristen Chenoweth, country singer Ryan Hurd, Kacey Musgraves, and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness.
But many others jumped in to like or support the message. Brittany Aldean’s husband, singer Jason Aldean, jokingly responded on Instagram, “I’m glad they didn’t too, cause you and I wouldn’t have worked out.”
Candace Owens replied to Pope and Morris by tweeting: “It’s easier to not castrate your children. But I guess whatever helps sell bad records.”
Brittany Aldean issued a lengthy statement pushing back on these critiques, specifically when it comes to the transitioning of children. “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. “I will always support my children and do what I can do protect their innocence.”
She went on to lament the state of culture today and parents who fear others so much they sign on to the whims of the day.
“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 said. “Love is protecting your child until they are mature enough as an adult to make their own life decisions. … Until then, leave children alone.”
Aldean also shared another message on her Instagram stories about the importance of standing up and being unafraid to express one’s views.
“If you are silent about your beliefs because you are worried someone will be offended, then your beliefs are not that important to you, but rather what people think about you is,” she said, “When you stand up for what’s right and true, you will receive both hate and love, but everyone will know what you are fighting for.”
There is growing criticism, even among some in the LGBTQ community, of parents allowing children to be medically mutilated in the false belief it alters the child’s gender. Several states have responded by banning elective hysterectomies, mastectomies and penectomies – the surgical removal of the penis – in children. Many in the medical and psychiatric fields have called it child abuse and medical malpractice for surgeons to participate in such operations.
Jason Aldean’s PR firm has since dropped him as a client.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice