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Carrie Underwood Tells ‘Sound of Music’ Haters: ‘Mean People Need Jesus’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Country music singer Carrie Underwood responded to critics of her TV special “The Sound of Music Live!” on Friday by telling them she would pray for them.

Viewers took to Twitter to live-tweet the special and many gave scathing reviews of Underwood’s acting.

“The hills need to come alive with the sound of acting lessons. #TheSoundOfMusicLive” tweeted one man.

“That's not acting, that's real awe in Carrie's eye watching Audra nail the holy crap out of everything. #TheSoundOfMusicLive” wrote another.

Even Kym Karath, who played Gretl Von Trapp in the 1965 musical, tweeted, “Must admit some scenes are actually painful to watch.”

“Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her,” Karath added. “She is lovely her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong.”

Underwood, 30, responded with prayers.

"Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus," Underwood tweeted on Friday. "They will be in my prayers tonight ...1 Peter 2:1-25."

The Bible verse she cited calls for people to "rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."

Kareth tweeted a friendlier comment on Friday.

“To be clear I love Carrie Underwood. Just not as Maria. She was brave to take it on. And this doesn't lessen my respect for her talent,” she wrote.

"Wish press didn't twist words & that people could read accurately," she added on Saturday. "Yesterday reminded me of bullying in 1st grade (SOM related as well!)."

The live special pulled in 18.47 million viewers for NBC.

“People criticized @carrieunderwood for #TheSoundOfMusicLive, but it dominated TV ratings. In. Your. Face. You go, Carrie!” one fan tweeted on Monday.

Sources: US Weekly, New York Daily News