Carrie Underwood had a short but sweet response to those who weren't feeling her performance as Maria von Trapp in last week's live broadcast of "The Sound Of Music", and it's gone viral.
Underwood, a country star who made it big on "American Idol", was an odd choice for many, including the real von Trapp family, who said they wanted another actress to portray Maria.
“Carrie Underwood as Maria? Seriously?” Francoise von Trapp wrote in a blog post. “I mean, I have nothing against her personally – she’s an extremely talented country singer, but I’m pretty sure my father is repeatedly rolling over in his grave. Since the movie version of SOM won an Academy Award the year I was born, it’s always been easy to identify with Julie Andrews’ portrayal of my grandmother. It’s a little harder to envision Carrie that way. (But I do realize that’s what happens when Hollywood freezes time.) And while the girl can sing (although her voice lacks the Soprano purity of Julie Andrews) can she act? I’d like to know who else was in the running. Personally, I’d have put my money on Ann Hathaway, who in her upcoming role as Fantine in Les Miserable, proves that she can act and sing.”
After the broadcast on December 5, the internet pretty much blew up with comments about Underwood's acting, singing, costumes, and anything else viewers could think of. And although she received quite a few compliments, most headlines are focusing on the negativity. Underwood addressed it in a Twitter post
Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) December 7, 2013
So far Carrie Underwood isn't as British as I'd hoped. #SoundOfMusic
— Josh Hara (@yoyoha) December 6, 2013
moment of silence for the children whose first sound of music experience is this carrie underwood situation
— holly beachey (@dayonthebeachey) December 6, 2013
Carrie Underwood has a great voice, but she can't act her way out of a brown paper package tied up with string. #soundofmusic
— Erin McCarthy (@erincmccarthy) December 6, 2013
— Tom Fitzgerald (@tomfitzDC) December 6, 2013
— Zap2it (@Zap2it) December 6, 2013
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