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Country singer quitting genre due to effect of ‘Trump years’ will have no impact on industry: Music critic

Singer Maren Morris claimed the “Trump years” exposed the bigoted views of people in the country music industry which led to her giving up on the genre.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday, the “Get the Hell Out of Here” singer spoke about her transition from country music over the last year. She primarily blamed what she called “the Trump years” for allowing people to feel “proud” for being “misogynistic and racist” in their music.

“After the Trump years, people’s biases were on full display. It just revealed who people really were and that they were proud to be misogynistic and racist and homophobic and transphobic. All these things were being celebrated, and it was weirdly dovetailing with this hyper-masculine branch of country music. I call it butt rock,” Morris said.

She also dismissed the rise of songs like “Try That in a Small Town” insisting, “People are streaming these songs out of spite. It’s not out of true joy or love of the music. It’s to own the libs. And that’s so not what music is intended for. Music is supposed to be the voice of the oppressed — the actual oppressed. And now it’s being used as this really toxic weapon in culture wars.”

Maren Morris poses for a photo

Singer Maren Morris claimed that “the Trump years” exposed people’s bigoted views in the country music industry. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Coroneos added that he doesn’t think her leave will impact country music, claiming that Morris has more of “an outsized footprint in the media.”

“I think if it has any effect, it’ll have kind of a deleterious effect for the causes that she’s espousing, because I think, if anything, it will help lend to country music being more of a right leaning format in regards to politics, which is kind of where the momentum and the trend is taking it,” Coroneos said.

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Lindsay Kornick is an associate editor for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to lindsay.kornick@fox.com and on Twitter: @lmkornick.

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