Some of Carrie Underwood’s Twitter followers noticed an out-of-character like for the country star, who is known for being caring and considerate. It was a video of conservator commentator Matt Walsh speaking in front of the Nashville School Board. He complained about the school’s mask mandate, dramatically opining that kids were wearing “muzzles like rabid dogs.” He also claimed that “COVID poses no risk to our kids at all,” even though a record number of children have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States, per Reuters.
Twitter likes aren’t always endorsements, and it’s possible that Underwood’s was a mistake. However, many netizens didn’t give the mother of two the benefit of the doubt, and some shade was thrown. “Worst move she’s made since The Sound of Music,” wrote one critic. “Jesus take her phone,” read another message. “She took a Louisville slugger to all her ‘likes,'” tweeted a third person. Meanwhile, Walsh took full advantage of the attention he was getting by firing off multiple tweets about the controversy. “Carrie Underwood liked my video and now the mob is coming for her,” he wrote. “She should know better than to like something that they don’t like. This is an unforgivable sin.” Underwood’s controversial like came after her husband, former NHL player Mike Fisher, seemingly outed himself as an anti-vaxxer by sharing an Instagram post that fact-checkers designated as “false” because, contrary to what it claimed, “COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing illness.”