Carrie Underwood is being targeted by online bullies who have branded her as “fake” and accused her of having cosmetic surgeries to alter her appearance since her 2005 American Idol win.
Underwood took to Instagram on March 6 to post a selfie from her latest “Storyteller – Stories in the Round” tour stop in Oslo, Norway, when she was attacked by a slew of online bullies who blasted Carrie in the photo’s comments section.
In a screenshot of the selfie’s comments section posted by Carrie fan @Fisherwood_1212 on Twitter, a number of Instagram users posted negative comments on Carrie’s photo with one even branding the country superstar as a “drag queen.”
“This doesn’t even look like [Carrie Underwood],” Instagram user @ktayzb wrote, while @annette_hardman added that the photo, which showed Underwood looking happy and healthy, appeared to look like Carrie had had a “nose job” and a “chin job.”
Carrie also appeared to comment on the negativity surrounding her latest selfie, replying to a comment left by a fan who noted that it was “such a shame that as women we can’t empower one another.”
It breaks my heart knowing that Carrie saw all this. She's perfect. ???????? pic.twitter.com/zMoUVINXRQ— Katie (@Fisherwood_1212) March 6, 2016
“Right? Thank you,” Underwood wrote on Instagram just a few hours before she decided to pull the snap from the photo sharing site completely.
Carrie has not officially commented on her decision to delete the picture.
But while Carrie opted to delete the selfie following the slew of negative comments, Underwood’s fans hit back at the haters on social media by showing their support for the country superstar by spreading the snap and other photos of the star alongside the hashtags “WeLoveYouCarrie” and “CarrieYoureBeautiful.”
But this isn’t the first time Underwood has found herself involved in cyber bullying drama.
Just last week, Carrie took to Instagram to defend her close friend and trainer Erin Oprea after she was subject to the wrath of online bullies who ridiculed her for exercising during her son’s soccer match.
“This guy felt the need to post this pic of my friend and trainer, Erin Oprea, along with some really insecure and mean comments,” Carrie captioned a photo of Oprea. “He was shaming her for getting in some exercise during her son’s soccer game. Not cool.”
Carrie then went on to praise Erin for staying strong in the face of negativity, writing on the photo sharing site, “Way to go, Erin! Use someone else’s negativity to help others.”
Way to go, Erin! Use someone else's negativity to help others. That man obviously has a big problem...with himself. I only hope he can learn to like himself someday so he can be an adult and stop bullying others for bettering themselves! Check out the blog erinoprea.com Ok...I see lots of confused comments...I guess I should explain a bit further. This guy felt the need to post this pic of my friend and trainer, Erin Oprea, along with some really insecure and mean comments. He was shaming her for getting in some exercise during her son's soccer game. Not cool.
“That man obviously has a big problem…with himself,” Underwood continued in the photo’s caption. “I only hope he can learn to like himself someday so he can be an adult and stop bullying others for bettering themselves!”
Underwood previously spoke out about social media haters in an interview with the Evening Standard last year, where Carrie admitted that she’s “learned that lesson” when it comes to reading comments, good or bad, about herself online and no longer searches her name on Google as a result.
“I don’t Google myself any more. Some people can be so negative. You will have 99 per cent of people being complimentary, but then you just get one meanie and it can ruin your day,” Carrie said at the time of how one not-so-nice comment can stick in her mind.
“It’s just so easy to be a jerk today. With social media, people can do it anonymously,” Underwood continued to the Evening Standard of social media haters. “They have to be overly critical. I’m just trying to do what I do and do it with integrity.”
What do you think of the drama surrounding Carrie Underwood’s selfie? Was Carrie right to delete the picture?
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