'Sound of Music' Fans Are Surprisingly Mean

My only explanation for why this may be happening is that people are monsters with nothing better to do. There's no other reasoning why Carrie Underwood — sweet, sweet, Carrie Underwood, who would never hurt a fly let alone an Internet blogger — would be sent hateful messages online. Yet, somehow, that's exactly what's happening: In a new interview with EW, Carrie Underwood revealed she's been receiving hate tweets online, mostly from people who don't believe she can take on the role of Maria in NBC's upcoming The Sound of Music live telecast after Julie Andrews portrayed her so perfectly in the 1965 film of the same name.

"I get hate tweets and stuff like, 'You're not Julie Andrews!'" Underwood commented. "I know I'm not Julie. Nobody is and I would never pretend that I was… I know my place."

A good answer, but still — this is ridiculous. What is the point of sending Underwood hate mail when 1) no one knows how she's going to embody the character of Maria apart from the small behind-the-scenes clips that NBC has released ahead of the special — not to mention, Andrews even gave Underwood her blessing earlier this month — and 2) the girl is just doing her job? Don't hate, guys.

Underwood will be starring in the live special alongside True Blood star Stephen Moyer, Broadway star Laura Benanti, Private Practice's Audra McDonald, and Smash star Christian Borle. The Sound of Music Live! is set to air on NBC next Thursday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m.