Even in the face of increasingly intense and hateful backlash, Carrie Underwood remains the essence of poise and humility after coming out in favor of marriage equality earlier this month. For the first time since the "controversy" inflamed some of her Christian fan-base, Carrie is speaking out about the unfair retaliation.
A few weeks back, Carrie told the Independent:
"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," Carrie said. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
Since her statement reverberated across the blogosphere, she's been targeted by a hellstorm of fury from some extremist "Christians," including this scathing recent statement from World Nutjob Net Daily founder Joseph Farah:
"Carrie Underwood suggests God did not set rules. Yes, He did. The Ten Commandments are not suggestions. They represent the difference between life and death. He didn’t mean we aren’t supposed to confront people with their sin so they could be brought to repentance, because He Himself commanded us to do just that. God did warn us not to profane His holy name. I don’t think that just means misusing His name as a curse word. I think we do that when we represent ourselves as followers of God but betray His Word. That’s blasphemy – and there’s just too much of it coming from people claiming to be Christians."
But speaking on Wednesday with the Associated Press while in London, Carrie said that she's trying to tune out the noise.
Reports the AP:
Underwood was uncomfortable revisiting the subject and said she was staying away from reading the reactions.
"I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how, and after that I do what I do and I love making music and I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy," she told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.
That said, Underwood is a former "American Idol" and Grammy winner who knows what she says will be heard.
"The role-model word is really scary to me, because no matter what happens in your life, something you do, wear, say, sing, whatever—somebody somewhere is probably not going to like it too well," she said. "I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that's wonderful. If not, that's OK too."
This is grace under fire in action, folks.