Photos: Carrie Underwood Shamed for Her Mask in Target

by Jacklyn Krol

Carrie Underwood is receiving backlash for wearing a face mask in a public place. Most stores are requiring that face masks be worn due to public safety from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Post From Carrie Underwood That Sparked Backlash

Underwood was celebrating the release of her Christmas album, My Gift, when fans sounded off. The country singer took a trip to Target to purchase her newly released record. She shared a photo on Instagram of her at the store holding up her album while wearing a sparkly black face mask.

“As per tradition, had to go buy the CD at the store,” she wrote. “As not per tradition, I had to wear a mask! I promise I’m smiling, though! @Target #2020Man #MyGift 🎁”

See the post, below.

The Negative Reactions

A good portion of country music fans are Republican, and politics play a big role in the music genre. The majority of fans that commented on the post, seem to believe that face masks are political.

“Why did you have to wear a mask?” a fan named Ashley wrote. “Football players and politicians don’t. You aren’t special and iconic enough to express your civil liberties?”

“Please take the mask off! I have NOT worn one a single day,” another person wrote. “You don’t have to wear a mask! It’s not a law,” another exclaimed. Jamie asked her to “Please take off that ridiculous mask.”

Her Christmas Album

This marks Underwood’s first ever holiday album. Underwood’s five-year-old son Isaiah is featured on the Christmas record. He and his mother sing on “Little Drummer Boy.”

“Whenever I think of that song, I picture his face and his personality,” she told The Today Show. “That is so him. He would be the kid that would make you something and bring it to you because that’s what he had to give you. And that’s the whole sentiment behind ‘Little Drummer Boy’ is bringing what he has to Jesus, which is why I wanted to name the album My Gift.”

The “Southbound” singer also addressed the pandemic. “I didn’t want to let this year stop us,” she continued. “We made this album and to be honest, it was such a blessing for me to be able to go in and sing these happy, positive songs this year. It was something I needed.”