It’s always scary to see a favorite artist trending on Twitter. It’s natural to think of the worst possible scenarios. Because Twitter is the devil, ya’ll.
However, American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is trending at No. 5 Sunday evening for the best possible reason! You all know that the country music world stans Carrie hard. But her appeal is universal. There are pop stans that love her. But also, when a black Twitter user asked for Black folks to name their favorite country artists, Carrie name shot right up Twitter’s trending topics.
Black folks on Twitter LOVE them come Carrie Underwood!
It started with a simple question:
Twitter user @JovanOneal_ wrote “Black people, WHat’s your favorite country song that’s not Jolene?” And over and over again, folks mentioned Carrie’s 2005 No. 1 smash country hit “Before He Cheats.”
Black people, What’s your favorite country song that’s not Jolene ? pic.twitter.com/kSPVekgDaz
— Ohagi in theory?? (@JovanOneal_) August 16, 2020
“Before He Cheats is finally getting the credit it deservessss,” writes @ugtcrduvujklfse, “Stan Carrie Underwood”
Before he cheats is finally getting the credit it deservessss, Stan Carrie Underwood pic.twitter.com/Nw3H73qt53
— ugtcrduvujklfse (@ugtcrduvujklfse) August 17, 2020
“Don’t care “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood is ???”
I don’t care, “Before he Cheats” by Carrie Underwood is ??? pic.twitter.com/CzpjdjT2Tk
— LadyNeaux (@LadyNeaux) August 16, 2020
“This house only has room for Dolly and femavengeancence!” writes @Persephioth
Before He Cheats and Blown Away by Carrie Underwood
this house only has room for Dolly and female vengeance https://t.co/XkIirJve1e
— Persephiroth—Pro-Black, Pro-Hoe, Wear a Mask. (@Persephiroth) August 16, 2020
And some folks just LOVE CARRIE
“Carrie Underwood. That’s it. That’s the tweet,” writes @mjsoriane_
Carrie Underwood. That’s it. That’s the tweet. ? pic.twitter.com/DKIK5Hgp80
— Oriane ???? (@msoriane_) August 14, 2020
“Damn near anything Carrie Underwood puts out,” writes @Ladydimplez92
Damn near anything Carrie Underwood puts out ????? https://t.co/NRKPlXZJLX
— Black Lives STILL matter. (@ladydimplez92) August 16, 2020
@amsta_broad calls country music T-RASH, but then posts a dancing gif photo “Also me as soon as “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood come on”
Me: County music is T-RASH idk how ppl listen to it.
Also me as soon as Last Name by Carrie Underwood come on: pic.twitter.com/QC8VIIQl9H
— Juliet (@amsta_broad) August 17, 2020
“The way Carrie Underwood is trending because Black people love her is simply beautiful to me,” writes @MistiHayesFix
The way Carrie Underwood is trending because Black people love her is simply beautiful to me. pic.twitter.com/9dwC0IOzVz
— Misti Hayes, ? #GetWellSoonJeongyeon ? (@MistiHayesFix) August 16, 2020
It started with Dolly Parton’s support of Black Lives Matter
The question was likely sparked by Dolly Parton, who told Billboard magazine in an interview that she supports Black Lives Matter.
“I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,” Dolly told the magazine. “And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter? No!”
There are a few country singers that are universally loved. That includes fans of all genres of music, and across all political and racial lines. Dolly Parton is certainly one of those artists. But it appears that Carrie Underwood is garnering a similar universal appeal as well.
Carrie Underwood’s big tent
I think, like Dolly, Carrie isn’t explicitly political. But she’s also not afraid to ruffle feathers by sticking up for ideas some in her country music base might not like. For instance Carrie has openly expressed displeasure for hunting and is a committed vegetarian. The singer has also supported gay marriage and gay rights. She wasn’t afraid to name one of her songs using the gay slogan, “Love Wins.”
However, while Carrie might alienate some hardcore conservatives, she’s made up for it by building a big tent where there is room for everyone. Just like Dolly.