Carrie Underwood is facing backlash for liking a tweet by a conservative podcaster who spoke out against mask mandates for schoolchildren at a Nashville School Board meeting. In the tweets video, conservative podcaster Matt Walsh lashed out at authorities for what he said was their decision that kids should “go to school all day every day wearing muzzles like rabid dogs.”
The like for the tweet of a speech by Walsh — whose recent episodes have included “A Pandemic of Entitlement and Laziness,” “Famous Olympic Quitter Comes Out in Favor of Baby Murder” (about gymnast Simone Biles) and “Save Your Kids. Get Them Out of the Public School System” — resulted in many users questioning the singer’s choice to support the broadcaster who described the mask mandate as “cruel and indefensible.”
“The Legendary Dolly Parton helped to fund Moderna’s vaccine. Carrie Underwood liked a tweet by an anti-vaccine MAGA propagandist. Always be a Dolly,” wrote one commenter. Added another: “Carrie Underwood please listen to Dolly Parton on this one & put a mask on your child !!!!!!!!!!”
A Twitter user who uses the handle “Covid Underwood” wrote, “So Carrie Underwood is an anti-masker? Jesus take the wheel indeed.” Meanwhile, author and Unitarian pastor John Pavlovitz tweeted, “Carrie Underwood being a God-over-Science person is the least surprising thing I’ve heard today. Delta take the wheel…”
Jeremy Hooper, political consultant and founder of LGBTQ rights website Good As You, weighed in as well. “It’s not just that Carrie Underwood liked an anti-mask tweet,” he shared. “It’s that Carrie Underwood liked an anti-mask tweet from Matt Walsh, one of those most negligently histrionic voices on the topic of protecting kids from COVID.”
Even as Underwood was assailed by some, Walsh came to her defense in two sarcasm-filled followup tweets, writing that the singer “liked my video and now the mob is coming for her. She should know better than to like something that they don’t like. This is an unforgivable sin.” He also said, “Like anyone else, I am upset and disturbed that Carrie Underwood liked one of my tweets. She should know better than to indirectly endorse the opinions of an extremist and scoundrel such as myself. Her lack of judgement is appalling. I demand that she renounce me and apologize.”
A spokesperson for Underwood — who has two children with former hockey player Mike Fisher, who recently claimed that COVID lockdowns don’t work — had not returned Billboard‘s request for comment at press time. The tweet is still liked on the country star’s account.
Walsh, a father of four, claimed that the board’s arguments for mask mandates lacked “evidence, data, science, common sense and basic human decency,” though Politifact recently stated that scientists have found little evidence that masks worn by students “negatively affect oxygen or carbon dioxide levels.” The site also noted that many experts have pointed to research that mask-wearing is effective in protecting children from COVID-19 and preventing COVID transmission in schools.
As COVID cases have spiked across the country due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the Tennessee Commercial Appeal reported this week that the state is no longer reporting coronavirus cases in school districts. With children under 12 not eligible for the vaccines yet, experts have raised concerns that the more transmissible variant could help drive up infections among the unvaccinated, even if it doesn’t impact children’s health as seriously adults’.
In Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a statewide order prohibiting mandatory masking in schools and briefly threatened to withhold the salaries of school officials who defied his order, nearly 9,000 students and teachers are in isolation or quarantine after just one week of school. Along with Texas, the Republican-led Florida has taken the lead in rejecting masking and vaccine mandates even as local hospitals in both states are facing overflowing ICUs filled with mostly unvaccinated patients.
Jennifer Aniston reunites with ex-husband Justin Theroux for special reason
Jennifer Aniston’s fans have been left “screaming” with joy after the actress was pictured with ex-husband Justin Theroux during a table read of 80s sitcom, Facts Of Life.
The friendly exes were snapped by Scandal star Kerry Washington, leaving fans seriously excited about the project. Jennifer, 52, looked gorgeous in a black lace-up top as she posed for a selfie with Kerry. Meanwhile, screenwriter and producer Justin, 50, struck a pose alongside Jennifer’s good friend and her The Switch co-star, Jason Bateman.
Alongside a series of behind-the-scenes photos shared on Instagram, Kerry wrote: “LIVE from the cast & producer dinner on Saturday night! Don’t miss this cast recreating @thenormanlear’s classic sitcoms Facts Of Life & Diffrent Strokes! Tonight! #LiveInFrontOfAStudioAudience.”
Jennifer’s fans were loving the candid images, with one penning: “Made my day” and another writing: “I’m screaming”.
A third declared: “JASON JUSTIN AND JEN MY HEART IS GONNA EXPLODE” while another simply wrote: “Jen and Justin” alongside a number of love hearts.
The Friends favourite is starring as Blair Warner in the Facts Of Life remake while Justin is taking on producing duties.
Justin Theroux is serving as producer
Justin and Jennifer, who fell for each other on the set comedy Wanderlust in 2011, tied the knot in 2015. The pair have remained close since announcing their split in early 2018.
They said at the time: “In an effort to reduce any further speculation, we have decided to announce our separation.
Jennifer and Justin split in late 2017 after two years of marriage
“This decision was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year. We are two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”
The Morning Show star has made no secret of the fact she’s still close with her ex, and in August she publicly wished her former husband a happy birthday, posting some sweet pictures of him to ring in the occasion.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY JT,” she wrote, adding: “Truly one of a kind, LOVE YOU!”
Carrie Underwood is set to light up the iHeartCountry Music Festival alongside Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett in Texas
Carrie Underwood will be appearing at the iHeart Country Music Festival it was revealed on Tuesday.
Other stars who will be there include Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett as well as Dustin Lynch, Jimmie Allen, Scotty McCreery, Cody Johnson.
Hosted by Bobby Bones, the iHeartCountry Festival will take place at the new Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 7.
iHeartMedia announced the return of the iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One.
Now in its ninth year, the 2022 lineup will feature Country music’s hottest artists including Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, Maren Morris, Dustin Lynch, Jimmie Allen, Scotty McCreery, Cody Johnson and more performing live at the new Moody Center in Austin.
It will be hosted once again by iHeartMedia’s nationally-syndicated on-air Country personality, Bobby Bones.
‘Country music fans across the country look forward to the iHeartCountry Festival each and every year’ said Rod Phillips, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartCountry. ‘We are thrilled to have such an incredible lineup perform at this year’s show and are especially excited to bring our nationally-recognized event to the new Moody Center in Austin for the first time.’
iHeartMedia’s Country music radio stations will broadcast the event live in their local markets and on iHeartRadio.com on Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT (7 p.m. CT)
iHeartCountry has more than 150 Country stations across the U.S. reaching more than 110 million Country music listeners per month on broadcast alone, making it the largest Country broadcast radio group in America.
The iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One is a part of iHeartMedia’s roster of nationally recognized events including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour Presented by Capital One, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego Presented by Capital One, iHeartRadio Wango Tango and iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.
Partners of this year’s event include St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 4 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT (12 p.m. CT) via Ticketmaster.com.
Prince Harry’s New Legal Battle Suggests How Eager He Is For the Queen to Meet His Daughter Lilibet
Although Prince Harry has made solo trips across the pond to visit with members of the royal family and join them for special events, the Duke of Sussex’s wife, Meghan Markle, and their two children have yet to return to the U.K. But now, it seems, Harry is eager for his family on both sides of the Atlantic to reconnect. After a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex revealed the lengths to which Harry’s gone to try and secure his family a private security detail for future travels, a new report seems to suggest the Duke of Sussex really wants his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to meet his 7-month old daughter, Lilibet.
“The fact he has gone down this legal route to try and secure protection suggests to me that he is desperate and there is a real reason for him to come to the UK,” Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former guard, shared during a panel discussion for the Daily Mail. “He has two children that the Queen hasn’t effectively seen yet,” Wharfe observed. Remember: Meghan and Harry’s son, 2-year-old Archie, was born in the U.K. and we have seen photos when Queen Elizabeth first met the newborn. But since their January 2020 move from the U.K. to Canada and then America, the Queen has not seen Archie and hasn’t even met her namesake, Lilibet, in person.
“The very fact he has made this noise with the British Government to secure protection suggests to me that he is going to make a real effort to come back here,” Wharfe continued. “I think we will see him return this year, for the Platinum Jubilee.” While the queen’s official celebration for her Platinum Jubilee will be this February, there will also be days-long festivities this coming June, to which Meghan and Harry might have an invite.
The news of Harry’s ongoing battle to try and retain some security for his family came out last week, and now it’s a lot more clear why that element is so essential to have during the Duke of Sussex’s potential next visit with his family. We can only imagine that Harry is going to such lengths because time is of the essence and reuniting members of his family is important to him. Like Wharfe, we can only hope that arrangements where everyone feels safe can be made so that Harry and his family can have a proper reunion.
The fraught relationship between the Cambridges and the Sussexes has been heavily scrutinized for the past few years. But we’ve never had quite a clearer look at the relationship between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Prince William and Kate Middleton, until now. Longtime royal writer Christopher Andersen takes fans into the intimate conversations and exchanges between these two powerful couples in Brothers & Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan, illustrating what was lost, gained, and what might be found as the next generation of the royal family embraces the future.