Here’s the Real Reason Why Fans Are Angry That Carrie Underwood’s Face Looks Exactly the Same After Surgery
In November 2017, Carrie Underwood announced she had undergone minor surgery following an accident outside her home. For months, fans worried and speculated about what the aftermath of the event might look like — especially once she revealed she wouldn’t be showing her face on camera while she “healed.”
After her first public performance since the news, her followers weren’t happy with their favorite country music star. Here’s what fans had to say on Twitter (page 5) and the real, psychological reason why they might have been so upset (page 7).
Carrie Underwood made a ‘triumphant’ public appearance months after her accident
She performed at the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards in mid-April, her first live performance since her accident in November 2017. After a nasty fall, she received about 40 stitches in her face, and told her fans she needed time to heal before showing her face on camera again.
Next: Fan reactions seemed supportive — at first.
She received a standing ovation, but didn’t get the same kind of attention on social media
Carrie Underwood didn’t win any awards that night, but she did receive a standing ovation after singing “Cry Pretty.” Unfortunately, the praise mostly ended there. Her fans, who tuned into the awards to witness her “face reveal,” turned to social media to document their reactions.
Next: It all started when she first opened up about the accident.
She claimed the accident left her ‘not quite looking the same’
She told her fans, “I’ll spare you the gruesome details, but when I came out of surgery the night of my fall, the doctor told [my husband] Mike that he had put between 40 and 50 stitches in. Now, here we are 7 weeks later and, even though I’ve had the best people helping me, I’m still healing and not quite looking the same.”
Next: Did fans set themselves up for disappointment?
People criticized her for being ‘vain’
One fan tweeted, “I realize that everyone reacts to events in their lives differently, but Jesus Christ Carrie Underwood, some [people] are actually disfigured in accidents, you were not.”
Another wrote, “I am a little disappointed in all the hype Carrie [Underwood] gave up about her face and how it’s going to look different. She looks the same to me in every way. It shows how [vain] these celebs are.”
Next: Did the country singer transform into a drama queen when no one was looking?
Fans called her behavior ‘dramatic’
Imagine spending months tuning in to your favorite show, watching the suspense build up with each new episode, and leaving the season finale feeling personally violated somehow. That’s how many fans felt when Carrie walked onstage at the award show.
They expected all the drama and gradual buildup to pay off in the end. And the finale of Underwood’s tragic tale failed to deliver.
Next: Was it all a cheap marketing scheme?
Did Carrie Underwood ‘clickbait’ her entire fanbase?
Underwood spent months providing her fans with updates on her health without revealing her supposedly altered appearance. She crafted a narrative that allowed her followers to assume she was, literally, scarred.
And even though she very well may have felt traumatized by the event — she’s the one who experienced it, after all — the masses took it personally. There might be a science-backed reason for that.
Next: A psychotherapist explained why fan reactions may have escalated so drastically.
There may be a psychological reason they were so upset
Psychologically, people are interested in celebrities because they see them as heroes. When their heroes misbehave, they feel personally attacked.
Psychotherapist Mayra Mendez told Yahoo Lifestyle, “The anticipation was for a change, something dramatic, for some kind of disfigurement, perhaps, because she was gone from the public eye for so long. The expectation was not matched, and people felt betrayed.”
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