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Carrie Underwood is in the news for an Obamacare joke and supporting HSUS.

I was surprised to see a lot of buzz about Carrie Underwood on Facebook over the weekend. Of course, it’s not unusual for the country superstar to be on the cover of a magazine or at the top of country and pop music charts, but the conversation is once again turning to Underwood’s off-the-job hobbies like supporting the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

A blog post from 2009 about Underwood’s $200,000 donation to HSUS has resurfaced and gone viral once again.

Blogger Joe Scully wrote, “Miss Underwood just handed over a ton of coin to help the largest animal rights activist organization on earth fight farmers and ranchers and anyone else that has an interest in animals.”

 

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I was surprised to see this blog resurface and gain traction among my agricultural friends because I thought everyone was already aware of the fact that Underwood isn’t a fan of livestock production. 

Carrie Underwood supports HSUSThis notoriety all began in 2005 when Underwood wore a “V is for Vegetarian” t-shirt while competing on American Idol. She followed that up by speaking about her vegetarian lifestyle in every interview she gave, citing a “bad experience” on her parents’ Oklahoma cattle ranch as the reason she gave up meat. Since she has achieved stardom, she has helped top up the HSUS coffers both with her own donations and as a spokesperson for the organization. More recently, she has announced that she is now a vegan.

Seeing the blog post get shared once again is certainly a good thing. After all, if it helps inform more of us of where Underwood spends her money, then perhaps fewer people would pay for her concerts or buy her CDs. So even though I was surprised that this isn’t common knowledge yet, my personal five-year boycott of Underwood’s music is still going strong.

Admittedly, I did tune in to last week’s CMA Awards show, where Underwood and Brad Paisley were co-hosts. I was equally displeased with many in the agriculture community who posted positive comments and glowing reviews of Underwood’s hosting after her and Paisley sang a duet “Obamacare By Morning,” which was a parody of George Strait’s hit, “Amarillo By Morning.”

Don’t get me wrong. I appreciated the joke. In fact, I received a letter last week notifying me that because of the Affordable Health Care Act, I was being bumped from my previous health care insurance. The cherry on top was that my new plan under health.gov will cost me higher premiums and double my deductible. Thanks, Obama.

Though I appreciate Underwood and Paisley bringing awareness to the Obamacare debacle, I choose to support those who support my way of life. So when Underwood comes on the radio, I switch the channel. To me, Underwood has forgotten her country roots.

 

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Discuss this Blog Entry 36

Mark Mulhall (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

The commonality is, you don't like them.

Lee Kissinger (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Very true, But it is too bad we have to constantly defend ourselves against people who are way more able to spend there money tell untruths and have it viewed as fact. The problem is the over education of people has made most not all but most, believe everything they hear without questioning weather it is fact or in most cases fiction. Might also be called lack of common sense, which has grave problematic outcomes for the producers who actually provide for them and the rest of the world. I would compare it to eating our young it has no basis for reality. If they were hungry for a few days there attitude would probably change but they have not actually thought that possibility through yet!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

YES!!! GLAD SOMEONE ELSE CHANGES THE CHANNEL TOO!!

gray hair head (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

With my over 8 decades of watching people it seems to me that most of this kind of people usually are about 3 or 4 cards short of a full deck. Gray head

ridinshotgun (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

It's a shame that you can't get anywhere in show business unless you espouse a left-leaning, anti-agriculture, viewpoint.

Meadows Ranch (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

I can't believe that anyone that grew up on a ranch would support any organization that would hurt this way of life. She must have been a spoiled, and pampered child with no respect for her parents.

Theresa (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

That is utterly ridiculous! Carries parents were poor and she was raised on a farm! She is a nice person and is not tryi ng to hurt the beef industry! You people are ridiculous! I donate & to HSUS and other animsls rights organizations to help animals- but i also donate $ to farmers and respect them highly. You radicals seem
To think everyone is evil for donating $ to help homeless pets- which is what carrie did! It is utterly ludicrous to trash carrie or others for wanting to help animals! Thst doesnt mean we are against you! My god- carries father is a cattle farmer and her husband hunts and eats meat. Who cares if she wants to help animals! That does times she is out to hurt you ! And if doesn't mean she is spoiled! Unreal! This blogger starts all this slander and people believe her. Wow.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 12, 2013

If Carrie wants to sen $ to help homeless pets...she should do a little more research before dropping serious coin in HSUS coffers. Of her $200,000, less than $200 would have gone directly to help animals......the rest went to Pacelle and his ilk's salaries and pensions. If she really wanted to help animals, she should contribute to local humane societies that actually help animals, and are always short of funds. By the lokk of Pacelle's suits, immaculate hair and manicure....he is likely not short on funds. BTW 40+% of HSUS budget goes for advertising to guess what....raise more money.

Ray (not verified)
on Dec 7, 2013

Oh what a crock.Please tell that to some one who will believe it.Please tell that to folks who hunt, fish and ranch.What an absolutely stupid pathetic statement.

on Nov 11, 2013

Ya haven't lived until you've been embarrassed by your kids.

Dexter (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

I don't think you understand her stance on this! She isn't against raising cattle and what not, she's just against the inhumane treatment of these animals. Her parents still have a cattle farm so why would she be against her parents?

Bryan (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Exactly! The people bashing carrie know nothing about her! She was raised on a farm and was poor! Not spoiled! She is a kind person who helps animals but is not against the beef industry or out to hurt anyone! This blogger needs a new approach to further her cause than vilifying an innocent person based on biased half truths and slander. Why does she hate carrie so much?! Kind of odd.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

These negative comments only go to show you that you know nothing of Carrie Underwood. Maybe you should really find out the facts before you judge.

Theresa (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Agree. The comments here and the bloggers'
Hate of Carrie Underwoix is deet disturbing, and deeply misinformed. But the bottom line is who gives a dang what Carrie eats? Why does this blogged hate her so much that she keeps trashing her in blog after blog?? Most of what she says is completely false. Carrie is a nice person so who cares what she eats?? Why does it affect you? She has the right to be a vegan and not be judged of hated for it! This is really disturbing- what did Carrie ever do to you to make you hate her this much?! Unreal.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

You really don't know CarrieUnderwood. I suggest you do some research so you become better informed. And, stop bashing her music - it's unrelated and totally ignorant.l

John R. Dykers, Jr (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

She MAY have seen barnyard trauma when she was too young to handle it. Remember this with your children and grandchildren. Seeing, for example, knife castration of a calf when a child is only 2-3 years old may be frightening. Or big horns cut off with a DeLee dehorner; still scares me a little when I have to do it and know how it may bleed. That's one of the reasons we try to breed the horns off and leave our males intact and harvest them young. It would be pretty traumatic for a little child to be exposed to the kill floor in the slaughterhouse too, Just sayin', and just guessin' as far as Carrie Underwood is concerned.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Our health ins raised per month 343.90 in May and in Oct it raised 59.40 that is 403.30 more to make our monthly premium 1298.00 a month! I am grateful for insurance, but it seems to be getting out of control. Not many 2 person families could afford this premium.

W.E. (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

The real thing they have in common is the influence they have on consequences for health and economy. Blame your insurance company, not your president, that you can no longer get your health insurance plan. It is responsible for its decisions. He has no control over the exorbitant profits health care insurance companies are accustomed to raking in. As for Carrie Underwood, everything she chooses to put in her mouth (or doesn't put in her mouth) has consequences for her future health and well being as well as for her personal economy. In about twenty years, when she is suffering from premature osteoporosis, she will better understand the far-reaching consequences of her choice, and perhaps she will back-pedal on veganism. Either she had a very limited sheltered involvement in her family's ranch, or they were very poor ranchers to leave her with such an impression. She no longer lives in the real world, if she ever did. The HSUS should concentrate its efforts more toward encouraging people to spay and neuter their pets, and less toward the cattle industry. Doing away with cattle and other ruminant livestock raised for food would put an end to the best means human beings have ever had of naturally renewing the health of the soil while providing a safe and ecologically sound source of protein for growing children and young active adults. Farmers can use artificial fertilizers made from bomb materials for only so long before we burn up, deplete and erode all of the world's topsoil.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

While I don't agree with her supporting the HSUS, she is allowed to be vegan or vegetarian if she wants to be. I love cattle, I just choose not to eat beef most of the time, unless I know where it came from, how it was raised, and know the farmers - that kind of meat is available! As a veterinary student, and someday vet, I want to make life better for the animals and producers, and support those who make a living raising stock and taking good care of it. And seriously, more people could just stand to eat more vegetables anyway, whether or not they also eat meat. It's about balance, and being stewards of the land and creatures the way we're supposed to, not going off to extremes and fighting with each other!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Get a grip people - you've completely taken this out of context - her stance on this has to do with inhumane treatment of animals. Research your facts before spreading lies about someone. Music has nothing to do with this so why bash her music? Its obvious you just don't like her - so be it - then don't follow her or listen to her music!

Emily (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Carrie has stated numerous times that she IS NOT anti-rodeo, and she has never donated money to HSUS. In 2009 she worked with them to coincide with the release of her cover of 'Home Sweet Hone', in order to help shelter homeless animals. She NEVER donated money to stop radios, and any source claiming she has is making a huge assumption and fabrication. If you fact checked this article, you would know that.

Here's a source you may want to read; http://www.carriefans.com/forums/carrie-underwood-chat/152282-carrie-jus...

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Is there ANY proof of this? Every time I investigate this issue , only blogs show up with nothing but hearsay comments with not one credible evidence via video of Carrie saying she bans rodeos, support peta etc.CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX news, no one has ever broadcasted anything of this. Why? And eating meat don't make you country or American .

landman (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

bombs are made from fertilizer get your stuff in the right order.
her parents have to be completly humiliated if they have any morals.
did not know she grew up on cattle ranch, need to work on the younger generation, my girls (8 and 6)are starting with heifer project this year. Even if they do not choose raising food, maybe they will understand why we are the top of the food chain.

W.E. (not verified)
on Nov 18, 2013

The origin of artificial nitrogen was surplus bomb-making materials left over after World Wars I and II. The makers of homemade bombs can still use ammonium nitrate and the makers of methamphetamines, which are decimating much of the rural population, can use anhydrous ammonia. No real and lasting good has come of the materials of the so-called "green revolution"--only temporary wealth that eventually burns up the organic matter in the soils we depend upon to feed the masses of people who know nothing about how to produce their own food or build high-quality topsoil. If we ever return to becoming a society of producers again rather than consumers, perhaps more people will understand that mankind has upset the natural balance of nature and created most of the ills that currently plague us, from disastrous weather to obesity to cancers and super weeds. People made this mess and we can fix it, but not as long as the vast majority of people are so dependent on others to produce their food that they believe food production is easy and that all food should be cheap. Influential people like Ms. Underwood should make a great effort to educate themselves before they broadcast their opinions and lend their support.

alley (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

The ignorance and hate in this blog toward Carrie Underwoid continues to astound me. First she is a nice person who grew up on a farm and her father still owns a farm. Second since when is donating $ to help animals a bad thing? Some of you are just acting ridiculous! I love farmers and respect them- but I also love animals and donate like Carrie to help homeless pets and spaying/neutering as well as to stop animal abuse. But I also love a good rodeo and donate to Farm
aid. I am not a radical and neither is carrie Underwood- who already called you out once for your lies ! Why do
You hate people just because they don't eat meat!? Do you realize how ignorant and ridiculous that makes you sound? Perhaps you should focus more on helping farmers in america- and less time bashing innocent people like Carrie who never hurt anyone. The fact that you hate her enough to change the channel is disturbing. You must be jealous because it is irrational to hate someone you don't know that much- enough to blog slanderous things about them that are not even remotely true. And this is not your first blog bashing carrie. So I feel sorry for you: redirect your hate to something more productive like promoting your cause in a positive way. Bashing an innocent celebrity because she loves animals and is a vegan is like kicking a puppy. Ridiculous!

Theresa (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

Your hatred for Carrie Underwood is absurd and embarrassing. Find a new cause to channel your energy- because hating on celebrities you don't even know with half truths misstated facts and outright slander is certainly not helping get your message across to help farmers- especially since Carrie is a nice person who never hurt a fly- literally. This is not your first article bashing her. I wonder how slandering Carrie is remotely helping gain sympathy for your cause when she is not even your enemy? Jealousy is a dangerous thing. Focus your energy on helping farmers- because they need it- not trashing an innocent person you never even met. You are basically calling her evil for being vegan and helping animals. Do you realize how silly that makes you sound?! Who cares what Carrie eats !! Live and let live! This is America- is it not? So why are you so hateful and intolerant of people who live a different way of life then you? Why the hate? Changing the channel is pretty extreme. I think there is more to your hatred if Carrie Underwood than "beef"- lol- and it is pretty disturbing.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 12, 2013

I read evry response to this blog and I re-read the blog twice to find the "hate" that some of Ms Underwoods supports are complaining about. I challenge you to do the same. I don't find anything resembling hate. All I can find is dislike for her support of a redical organization that misrepresents itself as for abused animals. The fact is that Wayne Percell and the HSUS spend amost nothing on the care, treatmnet or well being of animals. They pocket billions of dollars from folks would would do better to support their local anmikal shelter.. a place full of folks who really so care for animals and actually spend time and money helping animals find homes.
For those Underwood supporters, and Ms Underwood....Please do some homework on the HSUS and donate your money to the right place. Visit your local animal shelter and ask them how much money they have received from HSUS. Bet I've given more to our local shelter than HSUS has to any shelter.

Five Oaks Farm (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

I'm so shock because I had heard she and her husband Mike where going to raise cattle on their 400+ farm outside of Franklin, TN. What she going to do with those cattle. Bury all them on the farm after they die of natural causes?

Bryan (not verified)
on Nov 11, 2013

It is no one's business what Carrie Underwood eats or who she donates to. She earmarked her donation to help neuter pets and to help homeless pets- not to hurt farmers or rodeos! The undeserved hatred for her by this blogger is ridiculous! What did she ever do to you? It is like you are obssessed with hating on her. Find a new cause- and do fact checking before you slander innocent people.

A blogger getting mad traffic (not verified)
on Nov 12, 2013

This is crazy. As staunch as Ag is against the HSUS, the Carrie Fans are that she's not anti-ag, she just wants pets neutered.
Here's the simplicity of the matter.
1) "her donation to the HSUS was for spaying and neutering pets"
- Recent reports were that less than 0.8% of HSUS funds go towards shelters, and regardless, any donation to the HSUS is going towards their lobbying against agriculture, ie. Ag-Gag, more regulations, etc. Even if, hypothetically, the oversized check said spaying and neutering only, it would be like giving a homeless person $5 and saying, "don't spend it on booze". They're still going to buy booze, now they just may buy a hamburger as well... they have an extra $5... that's going to booze. Money towards Spaying and Neutering just frees up more money for lobbying. - http://www.humanewatch.org/the_humane_society_of_the_united_states_and_p...
2) "Carrie says she's not against Hunting and Rodeo! See this blog: http://www.nashvillegab.com/2013/04/carrie-underwood-shut-up-and-sing.html"
- quoting: “Has anybody ever heard Carrie say that she wants rodeo and hunting stopped? A girl commented on a local radio station post on Facebook saying that she lost respect when she heard Carrie wanted rodeo and hunting stopped. That girl has posted something like that before not too long ago. I have never heard that, and I was wondering if any of you have.”
On March 6, 2012, Carrie replied:
“I have never said anything like that...but because I support the HSUS and their spaying and neutering programs and their efforts to stop puppy mills, some people misunderstand and think that I am involved in things that I am not involved in. I come from a rodeo town. I have several family members that hunt...close family members. I think that particular person just jumped to conclusions that are not accurate. Hope that clears things up.”
.... no. That doesn't. That doesn't state her stance. It doesn't answer the question posed. It just says she knows people that do those things. We all know people that do things... like drugs for example... do we do drugs? Do we like drugs? It's classic question evading.
3) "Cite real proof of this! Blogs don't count!!" (though the above link is technically a blog as part of their arsenal)
- well, we could just look to the HSUS's website and see an oversized check with her name on it, signed by her, and even her in the picture... http://www.humanesociety.org/news/news/2009/12/carrie_underwood_checks.h... so, it's fair to believe she at least made that donation.
4) "She isn't against famers! Prove it!"
- She spoke out on HSUS's sponsored Ag-Gag bill in Tennessee "Shame on TN lawmakers for passing the Ag Gag bill. If Gov. Bill Haslam signs this, he needs to expect me at his front door. Who's with me" https://mobile.twitter.com/carrieunderwood/status/324960079440912384
a bill that the proponents for were the actual governing bodies of.... the farmers.
5) "She doesn't ban rodeos!" (meaning: refuses to perform at them)
- Carrie Underwood showed up on Rodeo Radar after cancelling last minute due to "personal reasons" from the 2006 Cheyenne Frontier Days (rodeo). An animal activist group claimed the victory, though no statement confirming that relationship came out by Underwood or agency. And after an abundance of searching, we have not been able to source a rodeo she has been scheduled to perform at since.
6) "She doesn't support PETA, they used her image against her will"
- Carrie Underwood was featured on some Vegan Campaigns for PETA and has released statements on not approving of the use of her likeness. The issue raised had nothing to do with PETA.
7) "She donated $1-Million to Red Cross, She's Building a No-Kill Shelter"
- no "beefs" with her charity efforts, aside from enabling the HSUS to do more lobbying and protesting.
After twitter and facebook debates, I believe these to be the top-7 comments. There are others... like "leave Carrie alone", or "it's like not liking Barbara Streisand because she has a big nose"
The disdain has always been about her financial, moral and political support of the HSUS, compounded by the hypocritical element of her genre of music and lyrics being targeted to the Rural Lifestyle... yet financially and politically supporting one of the Rural Lifestyle's biggest enemy.
Scully

Joe Scully, ProRodeo MC (not verified)
on Nov 12, 2013

I did an "update" post on Carrie Underwood and the HSUS.
It speaks to the 7-talking points that Carrie Fans have been swinging: http://www.joescully.com/rodeo/brief/711-an-update-on-my-thoughts-on-car...

Catherine Wynne (not verified)
on Nov 13, 2013

I admire Carrie Underwood for using her God given talent to become a nationally recognized singer. If you don't like her singing, then don't listen to it. I think that many people give to the HSUS because they believe the hype in the ads that show on TV. They do not research the amount of money that HSUS spends on helping animals, less that 2% and the rest of the money. 98% goes for salaries and the ads to get people to donate to HSUS. The HSUS is a smart, well oiled business that continues to grow at the expense of well intended individuals that donate because they think they are helping abandoned animals. The givers don't know the bottom line of tha HSUS.
I am firm supporter of people eating what they want, If I want to be vegan or a meat eater, it really isn't anyone's business. If the feds had left the trans fats alone, perhaps, the bread wouldn't mold in two days. That is my food grip, individuals in Washington who decide what is best for all of us to eat. The loudest voices get the most attention and the anti-meat people are backed by money and attention getting actions and account for less than 10% of the population, yet the 90% worries about the actions of the 10%.
I don't see how the "Obamacare" is going to help anyone but the large insurance companies that understand the feds' way of booking and took the bids for the "Obamacare". This country has created some dandy messes with the vote of our Congress of monkeys in the past, but I believe this mess will haunt the generations to come. Anything that is started has to go until a different and worse plan is presented and the Congress will go hog wild about that new plan and circle goes on. We are a strong country because we manage to continue to operate when there is total chaos in Washington DC and the rest of the country is wondering what will the crazy politicans come up. with next. But America is still the greatest place to live and raise animals and children.

cynthia (not verified)
on Nov 13, 2013

I just bought her CD! Oh and I just bought her poster! I think I will see what else I can buy!!!!! :Yay! Shoppings fun, who else supports animals, I will buy their stuff too! And by the way, lawsuit can be brought against you for actually printing on the internet things that can deliberately ruin a career or cause harm to come to the party your encouraging people causing them to collect financial damages from you! Yay, again! Sorry, but if your industry was so up and up then there wouldn't be organizations and taxpayers up in arrears about everything!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 13, 2013

Since the ultimate goal of the HSUS is to eliminate all animal agriculture in this country, how is her support of HSUS not a direct slap in the face to all ranchers out there?! Some of you need to do some research into HSUS and what their goals are.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 14, 2013

They have been bashing Carrie on many levels and for a long time. They don't want people to think and act for themselves as you can see "diluting" society is a priority. Just look at the Obamacare mess. Carrie is a standout b/c she sings about things that important to young girls and is a true "role model" for them. Sad that instead of praising they need to harass her on her opinions.

JD (not verified)
on Nov 14, 2013

I have done some research on these negative claims about HSUS lately. Here is what I found...

CEO salaries?? These are what I found for 2011
HSUS $252,540.00
American farm bureau federation. $429,415.00
American Red Cross. $455,690.00
ASPCA. $526,710.00
National milk producers federation. $647,632.00
American kennel club. $737,067.00
American meat institute. $738,987.00

You would be better served doing your own research instead of regurgitated BS. At least that is what I have found.

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