Carrie Underwood is a big star and she exploded as one of the winners of American Idol.
I find Ms. Underwood to be rather boring and without an invigorating personality, but the fact that her debut country album sold over 6 million copies says something about my taste in music or what country music fans find valuable in the promotional package that is Ms. Underwood’s carefully crafted good-girl facade made of peaches-and-cream and lots of virtuosity in the name of God and His only son.
The first big hit for Ms. Underwood was a soppy song called “Jesus Take
the Wheel” where a young mother, “with her baby in a back seat” hits a
patch of black ice, loses control of the minivan and lets go of the
steering wheel so Jesus can steer them both out of danger.
Here’s the chorus from the song:
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel
is no doubt the invocation of God and religion into that hit song hit a
powerful resonance in the hearts of Ms. Underwood’s country music fans
— and Jesus did step in and save the day and the baby and the minivan
— but it is Ms. Underwood’s current hit, “Before He Cheats,” that
confuses one and fuzzes the line between individual morality and
opportunity and the consumerism of religion and retribution.
Here’s the chorus from her cheater song:
I might’ve saved a little trouble for the next girl,
Cause the next time that he cheats…
Oh, you know it won’t be on me!
No… not on me
‘Cause I dug my key into the side of
His pretty little souped up 4-wheel drive,
Carved my name into his leather seats…
I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights,
Slashed a hole in all 4 tires…
Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats.
Underwood has undergone a transformation from a Jesus Invoker to
Vigilante all in the span of the life of a three minute song and here
are some video stills to prove it:
do you make of this duplicitous split in Ms. Underwood’s character,
career, and performance?
How can one claim to be of God in one breath — and wish for His
interference in your life for your benefit — and in the next gasp turn
away from His lessons and teachings and shoulder a baseball bat to play
God and teach a selfish lesson to the wanton sinner with the tip of a
Is there this verifiable personality split in Ms. Underwood’s character?
is Ms. Underwood winking at us for her pleasure and profit and playing
to the lowest common denominator of the country music fan where Jesus
and Revenge walk hand-in-hand down the street holding prayer meetings
and baseball bats while demolishing all that dare stand in the way of
their definition of Belief in a Higher Being and our Faith in each