Carrie Underwood’s Message to the Mean: “Find Jesus”

“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 her performance 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.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.