Carrie Underwood Faces Backlash Over Liking Anti-Mask Tweet

Carrie Underwood anti-mask tweets
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Country music star Carrie Underwood is facing backlash for liking anti-mask tweets.

Underwood liked a tweet shared by Matt Walsh, which contains video footage of a Nashville school board meeting. Walsh is a conservative who speaks out against “the cruel and indefensible mask mandate for children.” During the speech, Walsh calls a mask mandate for kids child abuse.

Walsh argues that forcing kids to wear a mask is like treating them like rabid dogs with muzzles. “It’s a disgrace and you should all be ashamed,” Walsh says at the end of the video clip.

Carrie Underwood liked the video, which sparked outrage online.

“Seeing people react to Carrie Underwood being an anti-vaxxer makes me glad legend Dolly Parton helped bankroll one and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks has been pushing for masks, vaccines, and social distancing all along,” writes one Twitter user in response.

“Carrie Underwood is an anti-masker. She’s canceled in my book. Who else’s?” reads another tweet. “I just deleted all of Carrie Underwood songs from my Spotify. I’m not supporting that!” says another.

“Carrie Underwood liked my video and now the mob is coming for her,” tweeted Walsh. “She should know better than to like something that they don’t like. This is an unforgivable sin.”

Carrie Underwood herself has not acknowledged the controversy as it has brewed on Twitter. Meanwhile, country legend Garth Brooks has canceled several concert dates on his tour.

“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part,” the country singer said in a statement.

Brooks restarted his tour in July and was set to perform in Cincinnati, Charlotte, Baltimore, Foxborough, and Nashville. Now those dates will be rescheduled “when this wave seems to be over and behind us,” the announcement reads.

The 350,000 tickets for the five shows affected will be refunded. Brooks told fans that he wants to provide the best experience ever “and the safest one we can provide.”

“The joy I have seen in everyone’s faces as live music returns have been more than worth our constant diligence to maintain safety protocols not only for the fans but for our band, the crew, and the hard-working staff in these stadiums.”

25 Responses

  1. Dr Benway

    There are no randomized or controlled studies published in peer reviewed medical journals in past decades that say wearing a mask prevents the transmission of a virus. There have been dozens of studies on the matter.

    • Biden's last marble

      Actually, there is a CDC study that says 85% of Coronavirus patients reported wearing masks ‘always’ or ‘often’.

    • Idiot Detector

      You’ve tried to make this claim on other stories on DMN and you’re still incorrect. There is plenty of evidence that masks work. Stop spreading false information.

        • Idiot Detector

          Let me see…should I take your word for it or a scientists word for it? Should I follow your advice about staying healthy and alive, or Stanford, Mayo Clinic, CDC, and other health professionals?
          Hmmm…tough call.

          • Burt

            There are no peer reviewed studies that show masks do anything. Just left wing political opinions that have no science whatsoever.

            Fuk ur masks.

      • Dr Benway

        Idiot Detector, please review the following published studies. There are many more.

        Jacobs, J. L. et al. (2009) “Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: A randomized controlled trial,” American Journal of Infection Control, Volume 37, Issue 5, 417 – 419.

        Cowling, B. et al. (2010) “Face masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: A systematic review,” Epidemiology and Infection, 138(4), 449-456.

        bin-Reza et al. (2012) “The use of masks and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: a systematic review of the scientific evidence,” Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 6(4), 257–267.

        Smith, J.D. et al. (2016) “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection: a systematic review and meta-analysis,” CMAJ Mar 2016

        Offeddu, V. et al. (2017) “Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 65, Issue 11, 1 December 2017, Pages 1934–1942,

        Radonovich, L.J. et al. (2019) “N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” JAMA. 2019; 322(9): 824–833.

        Long, Y. et al. (2020) “Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks against influenza: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” J Evid Based Med. 2020; 1- 9.

        • Idiot Detector

          Did you even read the studies, or just copy/paste some cherry-picking? These are not studies about the effectiveness of masks, but comparisons of certain masks against surgical masks and many are so old they don’t address Covid. If you actually read what you posted, most of the studies show positive signs that masks are effective against the transfer of germs related to specific colds and virus’.

          This is further proof that you are an idiot.

          • Dr Benway

            Yes, Idiot Detector. I’ve actually read all of these studies, and many more related to this subject matter, and not just the abstracts. Lots of researchers and other medical professionals were performing analysis of these studies in early 2020.

            Prior to March 2020, both the CDC and WHO had policies that said you didn’t need to wear a mask in public. Why did those policies change? There’s no single study that showed up on the scene that said masks work. Instead, loads of garbage studies showed up over the summer of 2020, including one at the Lancet that was so bad it had to be immediately pulled. Lancet is the joke of a medical journal that published the phony “vaccines = autism” study 20 years ago.

            Have you bothered to look back at past pandemics? In 2009, during H1N1, media outlets quoted many medical professionals who said masks weren’t necessary. Same with 1968-1969 and H3N2. Same with 1957 and H1N1. You can research this through you library’s Newspaper Archive search. It is easily found.

            Any mask usage during the Spanish Flu in 1918, of which there are some pictures of, was purely speculation. Why is this? Viruses couldn’t be seen until the electron microscope was more perfected starting in the late 1930s.

            Viruses are airborne. They are circulating. You cannot stop them from escaping or receiving. A mask will not stop them.

            You act as if people do not have an immunity system. You think the only two options are 1. vaccinated and 2. those who aren’t vaccinated. We knew early on with the cruise ship example that most people who died were very old and/or had comorbidities. Young people were barely affected, unless they had serious immune problems to begin with.

            But you’re the righteous one. You watch TV and believe everything the government says. Does mommy still change your diaper?

  2. pleasedon'thurtme

    Anonymous people on twitter getting mad is not a news story.

  3. Paul

    Dr Benway is a joke. The consistent arguing against a way to protect people is childish and the reason behind that argument is unfounded.

    • Thomas E. Newman

      It is remarkable how people push back. These are the same people who use seat belts and other safety devices to provide a chance of protection in other situations. Why wouldn’t they do something that has been proven to give more of a chance of protection for themselves and others in this situation? Oh yeah, they’re patriots worried about freedom. Ha! Where have all these patriots been before March 2020 when fighting for other rights and freedoms were needed? What a bunch of whiney losers.

    • Dr Benway

      Paul, I have cited numerous research studies published in medical journals over the years, and analysis based on those studies. I have cited references to mask usage since 1957 in the major media.

      What have you done? You think putting some sandwiched paper or underwear fabric that can’t contain a fart over your face is “protection”? Maybe you think putting it over your rear view mirror for weeks is a way to “clean” it.

      • Paul

        You have cited zero studies that refute the fact that masks work. In fact, some of your studies actually say they do work. You haven’t read through them, though, and instead want to try and push mass amounts of information to overwhelm people into not reading and taking your word for it. Your strategy doesn’t work. Stop with the copy-paste bullshit and admit you’re wrong.

        Now you go on to question me as a diversion tactic from your failed earlier attempt to fool others. You really are a failure at proving any points. Masks are not 100% – nobody ever said that, but they do assist in preventing the transmission of germs. Get over yourself and your idiot ways.

        • Amanda

          I liked the earlier comment someone made about sneezing. It is proven that covering your nose with a tissue prevents the spread of germs, which shoot out the nose at almost 60 mph. People use tissues with no resistance or question. I bet that guy does too.

        • Dr Benway

          No, Paul, what I’ve said is that there are scores of randomized and controlled studies, published in medical journals worldwide in the past 20 years, all involving people, and the analysis is that masks are not effective at controlling airborne viruses.

          Why did the medical establishment say until March 2020 that wearing a mask during a pandemic wasn’t necessary? I have media reports quoting doctors and medical researchers going back to 1957 saying this. If you knew how big a virus is, and compare that the size of the fibers in a mask, especially t-shirt fabric, then you would have to conclude the same thing. And what if you wear that mask for hours and it gets wet? What if you wear the mask outside in the rain like I see many people do? What if you handle the mask and using it multiple times? How can you conclude that mask wearing is beneficial for the general public? Unless you assume everybody is Typhoid Mary, which they are not. The death rate from this is very low, typical of the flu, and affects the usual age groups and those with cormorbidies similarly.

          You have failed to cite anything. You call me an idiot even though I provide data and examples.

          You and others here are really brainwashed. I am happy to see others who know the truth.

          We are being scammed by the so-called “elite”. The Harvard-Yale-Eton crowd. “Doctors” who are bureaucrats first. And all the wannabe middle managers with political science or MBA degrees who parrot the CDC without bothering to check their research. All being fed to you by the corporate media, who is staffed by Beautiful People who are teleprompter reading psychopaths. Who funds the corporate media? Big Pharma. All those “ask your doctor about” commercials influence what those Beautiful People are reading.

          • Paul

            Your convoluted way of communicating is an attempt to manipulate the conversation. Reality is the health and medical community didn’t know about the evolving virus and pandemic, and was fluid in the communications and recommendations.

            You provide data that tells masks do work. While they may not work as well as surgical masks, the facial coverings that were used in the studies that you provided show that masks do work.

            Your pushback against something so simple that is proven to work shows that you are the problem more than anything else.

  4. Twitter is destroying society

    Twitter is a virus that should be eradicated.

    • Juan

      All social media should go away. Then, all the weirdos (pedophiles, anti-vaxxers, Trumpers, anti-maskers, white power, etc.) who connected and validate each other will fade away, also.

      • Just Saying

        Twitter is a place for ‘whitey haters’ to organize, gather and riot. Twitter is evidence that not all people should have a voice.

  5. Julia

    Dr Benway lost because he tried to pull a fast one and lie. Bye bye loser.