Texas-born country star Maren Morris asked the state of Tennessee to arrest her during a speech at a pro-gay gala concert just weeks after the state announced a ban on drag shows near schools.
“And yeah, I introduced my son to some drag queens today, so King Tennessee arrested me,” Morris said Tuesday in the headline-grabbing video, winning her praises from The Washington Post, Variety, and a host of other liberals. media outlets.
Morris said her son, who is only two years old, was excited to meet the drag queens.
“I brought my son here earlier today for a sound check, he’s going to be three this week, and we have to go into the room where all the queens were getting ready and doing their makeup. And he freaked out when he went in there because it’s just magic that drag queens do,” Morris explained, according to Morris. for Variety.
“There’s wigs everywhere, the smell of hairspray and wig glue; there’s glamor; everyone’s in a good mood,” Morris added.
“It’s like the love room. And we went back to my dressing room and my son was like, ‘I need queens!’ I’m like, ‘Uh, are you looking at it?’” the singer said.
Morris’ speech comes just weeks after Tennessee became the first state to pass legislation banning raffle shows on public property and near schools. The state previously had restrictions on “adult-oriented businesses”.
The country singer, known for songs like “The Middle,” revealed in an Instagram story from Tuesday that she asked a costume designer to put her in a bodysuit on purpose to “show her withdrawn self and sexual expression.”
“There’s a reason we feel powerful in a suit, but why? Is it our tints of both feminine and masculine presence in public? Is it just more comfortable than a dress? Or is it hot and makes you feel like an ad-superhero?” Morris asked.
Morris was performing at “Love Rising,” a star-studded LGBTQ benefit gala. It was “the country’s only prevailing law,” according to a Tennessee newspaper.
Other stars include singers and artists such as Hayley Williams, Hozier, Beka Mankari, and more.
Morris was one of several celebrities who spoke out in defense of drag shows after Tennessee banned such shows on public property and near schools.
Drag star RuPaul claimed drag queens are like “Marines” and on the front lines of the culture wars in a fiery video this month.
Actress Melissa McCarthy also stirred controversy on Instagram after she defended drag queens in a post that argued Americans have “enjoyed drag queens” their whole lives.
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