"Put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander." That's essentially what Carrie Underwood tweeted Friday (Dec. 6), the day after herperformance in The Sound of Music Live!.
Her performance that was as perfect as it was polarizing. Underwood's fans and friends obviously loved it, but her critics did not. So she took to Twitter after all the cruel comments started piling up, saying, "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight ... 1 Peter 2:1-25."
Who were these mean people? Anyone and everyone who has some kind of hate in their heart or an axe to grind. With more than 18.7 million viewers, I guess the show was bound to have some naysayers. But I didn't expect it from Gretl.
Kim Karath, who played Gretl in the The Sound of Music film, took to Twitter to say, "Love Carrie Underwood, but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong. Must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch."
Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the real-life great grandson of Maria von Trapp, told ABC News he didn't think Underwood was right to play his great grandmother.
"It's just upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story," he said. "And although her voice is amazing, she doesn't have acting experience. ... It's just the overall image. She's a country star, she won American Idol. She's very public in kind of a tabloid way."
A tabloid way"? As much as any other country star, Underwood seems to do everything possible to avoid becoming tabloid fodder.
Nonetheless, the von Trapp family reportedly wanted Ann Hathaway to play Maria. She was good in Les Miserables, but that was filmed, so there's really no comparison. Nobody really knows what Hathaway would have been like in a live TV broadcast.
TV personality Cat Deeley felt it necessary to express her displeasure during the show, too.
"It's controversial, but I don't know how OK I am with this NBC version of Sound of Music ... Slightly troubled ... OK ... I hate it ... Awful," she tweeted.
So should we take Underwood's tweet as the gospel it is? Yes. A hundred times, yes. We should all strive to be kind and loving and stop all the hate.
"Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood," the gospel says.
And to that end, Underwood's fans banded together to get a new Twitter hashtag trending -- #WeLoveYouCarrie.
Three members of Willie Nelson's touring ensemble were injured following a bus crash early Saturday morning (Nov. 23) near Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Nelson was traveling in his own bus and not on board at the time of the accident.
Among Nelson's band members, Paul English hurt his ankle and Billy English sustained a bruised hip. The brothers both play drums in the band. Meanwhile, crew member Tom Hawkins' rib was cracked. The remaining passengers are sore, but everyone is expected to fully recover, according to Nelson's website.
The bus was trying to navigate through heavy rains and winds, according to a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety. The representative stated that the bus crashed into a bridge pillar after being swept off the road. The crash took place on Interstate 30, about 80 miles east of Dallas.
Nelson has postponed the remaining four tour dates in November, which were scheduled in Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. The tour is expected to resume as scheduled in December.
According to Nelson's website, the band's next tour dates will be Dec. 10-11 in Las Vegas.
Taylor Swift has always maintained that she doesn't Google herself, she doesn't Wikipedia herself and she doesn't read stories that people wrote about her. It's a pretty good rule. But the New York magazine storyseems to be the exception.
Swift is the cover story of this month's issue, and once it hit newsstands, she posted a picture of the magazine with this tweet: "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
That's 21 exclamation points and no words. Clearly, this is one story she did read and did love.
The story is long -- almost 5,700 words long. But the gist -- if I had to sum it up -- is that Swift is nice. She's normal. She's real. She's self-deprecating. She's an oddball. She's a "hippie arts-camp counselor." And she's so far from being a diva that she will even blow her nose in the middle of a concert and admit it to her audience.
But again, the "she's nice" theme is what carries you through the entire length of this long read. The only time Swift ever shows signs that maybe she has a sarcastic semi-evil wit is when the writer describes the man who sat next to him at her concert. Early 40s, covered in Taylor Swift merch, filming the show on his phone and singing along with every word.
"He's probably in a file somewhere," Swift said.
What I love about Swift's lack of attitude is her shrewd way of looking at the future. Other stars as big as Swift may not be looking beyond their next album or their next tour, but she already has an idea for her early retirement.
"When I'm 40 and nobody wants to see me in a sparkly dress anymore, I'll be, like, 'Cool, I'll just go in the studio and write songs for kids.' It's looking like a good pension plan," Swift told the magazine.
That's 16 years off, though, so she still has time to keep being nice.