Carrie Underwood has responded to the harsh public reaction to her less-than-impressive performance in the deeply unimpressive Sound of Music, Live!: "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus," she Tweeted. "They will be in my prayers tonight... 1 Peter 2:1-25."
I mean, I am staunchly opposed to cyber-bullying of all sorts, and I don't think that Carrie Underwood deserved any personal attacks for her performance (she tried! And she sang some nice things!) — but everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and the Sound of Music, Live! was mostly excruciating to watch.
Mostly I just wish — since prayer is now officially on the table — that someone had been praying for us during the broadcast as well as after. [NY Daily News]
Lady Gaga thinks the US should boycott the 2014 Olympics because of Russia's wildly oppressive anti-gay laws. In an interview in on Alan Carr's "Chatty Man" in London, she said:
I don't think that we should be going to the Olympics at all. I don't know if my opinion is not highly regarded, in terms of the amazing champions and people that are rehearsing and training for the event… I mean I would never take anything away from their hard work, I just think it is absolutely wrong for so many countries to give money and economy in the way of a country that doesn't support gays.
Sorry, now I'm getting serious, but it's not just that they don't support the gay community, they pepper spray and beat them in Russia. I went to Russia for the Born This Way Ball, and I was really excited to be there, because I felt it was an important place to bring the message of the album. But it made me very sad to see the pain that some of the gay kids are in [when living] in Russia.
Gaga joins the ranks of several pro-LGBTQ celebrities who have publicly questioned why the United States would want to implicitly condone such horrible, restrictive, hateful policies. [Pop Crush]
Mary-Kate Olsen has been spotted shopping for engagement rings; it appears that she and Olivier Sarkozy, the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, will be joining together in holy matrimony. Congratulations to them! (According to a source, all of the rings she's considered have been over 5 carats. Growing up means swapping your torso-sized Starbucks cup for a torso-sized diamond ring, I guess.) [Page Six]
- Beyonce's outfits during her 22-day vegan phase have been pretty consistently dead animal and cheese themed. So far she has worn a fur collar and pizza print. And now she's donned a lil bit of cow print. [Dlisted]
- Your favorite actor and all-around relatable and nice guy Shia LeBeouf was very rude to a fan; when her boyfriend confronted him, he screamed that he could have him killed. LOUIS STEVENS, YOU CAD. (Shia LeBeouf is a menace). [Dlisted]
- Selena Gomez's sound wasn't working during her Jingle Ball 2013 performance, so she uttered "What the fuck" and left the stage angrily. I feel like that's not that outlandish of a thing to do when one's sound isn't working? But the Internet will not stop talking about it, so who's to say. [NY Daily News]
- Was Kanye West — who was nominated for Grammys in the category of Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song — snubbed for his behavior? Ha ha, what, he was nominated for two Grammys; what is this article talking about? [HuffPo]
- Here is a really important entry in your celebrity hairstyle spreadsheet: Miley Cyrus got a bob. It's probably a wig, but whatever. Things are really changing on this little blue planet we call home. [HuffPo]
- Justin Bieber's first word was "money." I was KIND OF hoping it would have been "swaggy," but I guess that lovely term is far too modern to have been said by the infant-Biebs. [Gossip Cop]
- Another chapter in the most dramatic tale of our time: the man who punched Barron Hilton is now on the run from the law. [NY Daily News]