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Carrie Underwood Responds to Her SOUND OF MUSIC Critics: 'Mean People Need Jesus'

Carrie Underwood Responds to Her SOUND OF MUSIC Critics: 'Mean People Need Jesus'
Carrie Underwood as 'Maria' in THE SOUND OF MUSIC on NBC.
Photo by Will Hart/NBC.

Carrie Underwood took to Twitter on December 6, the day after NBC's live SOUND OF MUSIC broadcast in which she starred as Maria, to respond to her critics.

"Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus," the singer wrote. "They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25."

The Bible verse Underwood is referring to tells people to "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."

This isn't Underwood's first run-in with the "mean" crowd. Before the broadcast on NBC, Underwood told Entertainment Weekly that social media had not been kind to her leading up to the live filming. "I get hate Tweets and stuff like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!' I know I'm not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was ... I know my place," she said.

Still, despite some negative feedback, NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC was a huge ratings winner for the network. You can read BWW's round-up of the reviews here.

The presentation starred Grammy winner Carrie Underwood as 'Maria,' Audra McDonald ("Private Practice"), who has won five Tony Awards and two Grammys, as Mother Abbess; Stephen Moyer ("True Blood"), as Capt. Georg von Trapp; Tony Award winner Christian Borle ("Smash"), who portrayed von Trapp family friend Max Detweiler; and Tony winner Laura Benanti ("Go On"), who took on the role of Elsa Schrader, the captain's one-time fiancee.

The NBC television event, included studio recordings for all of the musical numbers that were performed by the cast members in the live broadcast, including Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," among others.

Executive producers for the telecast were Neil Meron and Craig Zadan ("Smash," "The Academy Awards"). Directors are Rob Ashford ("Evita") and Beth McCarthy-Miller ("30 Rock"). David Chase ("Cinderella") served as musical director.

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