Carrie Underwood Addresses Her Atheist Haters: “If You Don’t Like It, Change The Channel”
Just last week, Carrie Underwood released her new single “Something In The Water,” but unlike most of her newly-released tunes, it wasn’t exactly met with open arms. Carrie’s song, which affirms her belief in God, conversion and baptism, focuses on the strength she found from Christianity, which has left some of her atheist fans less than thrilled. But despite the criticism, Carrie told Glamour that she’s not sorry for singing about her personal faith, and she’s certainly not planning on changing her tune.
“Country music is different. You have that Bible Belt-ness about it. I’m not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I won’t be the last. And it won’t be the last for me, either. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”
In fact, Carrie’s first ever single was “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” which also touched on her belief in faith and God. As a person who respects someone else’s choices in making music that speaks to THEM, who am I to judge her for singing about her personal experiences? Religious or not, it’s hard for me to digest the fact that some “artists” are singing about, say, rape (ahem, Rick Ross), but when Carrie sings about her faith— something in which people find immense amounts of strength and hope— people get mad. Check your priorities, folks. After all, she’s right: if you’re not a fan of her message, no one is forcing you to listen. You can make your own decisions about what music you listen to, what you choose to believe and who you admire. Carrie is exercising that right, too.
With lyrics like “Couldn’t fight back the tears, so I fell on my knees/Saying, ‘God, if you’re there come and rescue me’/Felt love pouring down from above/Got washed in the water, washed in the blood/And now I’m changed,” I commend Carrie for writing and singing about her own personal experiences. It takes a strong person to share them, and an even stronger person to understand that not everyone will welcome them. Music is an art form, and not everybody has the same tastes. I’m not a very religious person, but that doesn’t change the fact that Carrie is talented and, oh … lives in a country where she’s supposed to be able to sing about whatever she wants. After all, at the end of the day, the only person who has to be happy with Carrie’s music is Carrie.
“It’s really kind of a joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better and kind of having that ‘a-ha’ moment, to waking up and your life being different from that moment forward,” she told “Today.”
And for that, I say play on, Carrie…