Carrie Underwood is most likely one of many who would have never thought that a modern remake of "The Sound of Music" could -- or would -- spark hate-filled vitriol directed at the star of that production. After all, it is just a role in a play -- literally. And yet, for Underwood, the hills have come alive with the sound of hatred. She has suffered remarks ranging from ad hominem attacks to unfair comparisons to Julie Andrews (prior to the show's airing) to death threats simply because she took on the lead role in the live NBC Television production of "The Sound Of Music." And although she addressed the issue before the live broadcast, admitting that she was not attempting to replace Andrews, it would appear that continued acidic bombardment via social media has touched a nerve. The country music star herself took to Twitter to comment on just what "mean people" need.
She thinks they need Jesus, as it turns out.
"Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus," she tweeted Dec. 6, the day after the historic live broadcast. "They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25".
It is as yet uncertain exactly when the tipping point was reached, since Underwood has been receiving criticism about the Maria Von Trapp role since she accepted it. She told Entertainment Weekly last week that she had received "hate tweets." But one thing is clear: Carrie Underwood had finally had enough of the mean-spirited verbiage being spewed about and toward her.
The biblical passage she posted is from a letter believed written by St. Peter the apostle (one of the dozen immediate followers of the Christian messiah, Jesus) to the persecuted in churches in Asia Minor. The epistle beseeches them to be respectful and to not harbor malicious, envious, slanderous, or deceitful thoughts. It also implores them not to be hypocritical and to strive for spiritual purity.
And even that tweet has become the source of debate, as commenters have taken to wondering whether Carrie Underwood is an arrogant Christian assuming she's above the "mean people" in some way or a kind-hearted singer that simply got her feelings hurt and wants to do the right thing. At MJsbigblog.com, MJ suggested that Underwood probably has never received such negativity in her career and was just trying to deal with it in a manner in which she was accustomed: With prayer and hope that said mean people learn to be a little more Christ-like.
Nothing wrong with a little less meanness in the world. And one could do far worse than emulating the acts and lifestyle of Jesus Christ, regardless of one's religious affiliations -- or lack thereof.
But it has been suggested that Carrie Underwood may have been better served to just ignore the Twitter (and other social media) haters that have taken the time to condemn her and her "The Sound Of Music" role and/or performance. Reacting to the barbs and jabs of the mean people, some note, only lends them affirmation they don't truly deserve, reinforcing their desire to gain a response. Not reacting gives them nothing with which to fuel their attacks and, eventually, will see them dropping the behavior altogether.
That, or finding another target.
So, do these mean people hating on Facebook and in 140 characters or less need Jesus or some type of spiritual guidance? Or do they simply need to get a life?