My VIP for this week is Brittany Aldean, wife of country music Jason Aldean. According to Tracy Wright, Brittany has two million followers on her Instagram account, and she recently posted a video of her transforming from relatively little makeup to full makeup. In the background, viewers could hear “Upgrade U” by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. She put the following caption on the post: “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.”
In other words, Brittany was happy being a woman even though she had at once time enjoyed doing boy things. According to Wright, there were “many” people who chose to criticize Brittany’s video. Among them were country music singers Cassadee Pope and Maren Morris. Pope tweeted that celebrities could “see the positives in including LGBTQ+ people in their messaging,” and Morris added, “it’s so easy to, like, not be a scumbag human?"
Brittany responded to Pope’s message on Instagram: “Advocating for the genital mutilation of children under the disguise of love and calling it ‘gender affirming care,’ is one of the worst evils. I will always support my children and do what I can do protect their innocence.” She added, “The other day Memphis wanted to be a dinosaur and tomorrow Navy will want to be a cat. They’re children,” she said of her two kids with Jason.
Brittany continued, “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. Love is protecting your child until they are mature enough as an adult to make their own life decisions.” She ended her response with, “Until then, leave children alone.”
The 137,000 “likes” on Brittaney’s post show that there are many people who agree that children should be allowed to be children for as long as they are children. Parents should love and teach their children how to become loving, accepting, and productive adults, but they should not expect their children to make decisions that should not be made until at least adulthood.