Carrie Underwood is supposed to be a symbol of a positive Christian female in society. But what does she really demonstrate to the Christian world when she appears on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine?
One would assume that she knows that Cosmopolitan magazine has a reputation of sexual freedom outside of marriage for women and men. That means the magazine promotes a message of sex outside of marriage. So why would she appear on the cover, as though this is the same as Christianity Today magazine?
The reason is obviously publicity; she can get publicity from a Godless, pagan magazine, even though she is a Christian. It would not be appropriate for any Christian, whether a singer or not, to read articles in the magazine about improving ones sex life - not if one is a single woman.
So what kind of guidance is she giving to Christian teens when she poses on the front of the magazine? She is saying that for teen girls, it’s okay to get instructions about having sex outside of marriage. She may not say that explicitly, but she is saying that indirectly. Underwood is saying that it’s worth getting more publicity, even though she compromises her faith. If she is not doing that, then she is saying that she has no idea that Cosmopolitan magazine has articles about sex instruction for women or whoever else reads it. As a female Christian, this is not very smart. She seems to be intelligent enough to guide her career. But what she is really saying is that the end justifies the means; I can compromise my faith if it means I can get ahead.
Underwood was supposed to be the symbol of purity, or at least as pure as Maria Von Trapp. She was cast in the part of Maria in the live TV production of “The Sound of Music.”
Here an article about a promo for the Dec. 5 2013 family-friendly TV event:
A family-focused promo for this week's hotly anticipated live TV presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical THE SOUND OF MUSIC starring Carrie Underwood is now available to view, featuring comments from the country music superstar herself.
"It's a family event - it's something that everyone can sit down and watch together," Underwood relates of the upcoming THE SOUND OF MUSIC experience in the new clip.
The official description of THE SOUND OF MUSIC soundtrack and live TV event is as follows: "Sony Masterworks proudly releases the companion soundtrack to NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music," based on the classic stage musical. The three-hour live production, starring six-time Grammy Award winner Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will air December 5.
"The Sound of Music," set in the 1930's before and during "Anschluss" when the Nazi's annexed Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Capt. von Trapp's seven children. She soon finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959 where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for best musical. The 1965 film adaptation won the Oscar for best picture."
Notice the focus on family-friendly? Now, Underwood is focused on family-unfriendly by posing on the cover of Cosmopolitan. It’s a well-known fact that Cosmopolitan was the first magazine to publicly advertise bold sex advice headlines on the front cover, which prompted retailers like Walmart to create plastic magazine covers to block the sex promo headlines.
One anti-pornography organizations even claims a victory against pornography by getting retailers like Walmart to block the headlines.
Here is a quote from an article from the New York Times about the Cosmopolitan worldwide influence:
“At the office of Peter Yates, the creative director of Hearst Magazines International, a wall is covered in postcard-size versions of international Cosmo covers tacked up in layers of 12 — a year’s worth of cover art, viewable as flipbooks. There’s a lot of Megan Fox, Kate Hudson, Eva Mendes, Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde and Jessica Alba, who was once on 20 international covers at the same time. Unlike other women’s magazines, which often go for make-up-centric close-ups (Allure), stylish playfulness (Glamour), professional elegance (Marie Claire) or high-fashion photography (Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Vogue), Cosmo keeps it consistently, overtly sexual."
"The women (on Cosmopolitan) look young and fertile, and the cover star is generally Beautiful Young Woman With Lots of Cleavage, Standing, Hand on Hip, Almost but Not Quite Smiling — or the look a woman might give herself in the mirror before going out hoping to get hit on.”
Here is another excerpt, from a Cosmic panel discussion of women:
“But what about the other stuff that Cosmo is telling them? One morning at Cosmic, a panel discussion included talk of some favorite Cosmo topics: sex toys (said to produce “the most” incredible combinations of orgasms”), how to help men get erections more quickly and anal sex (“backdoor booty” as the magazine has called it). One panelist, a young Spanish woman, said that she teases her boyfriend with anal sex and then, jokingly, that she has to save something for marriage. The crowd roared. “Only at Cosmo,” said the editor of Cosmo Australia, Bronwyn McCahon, between bites of miniature muffins and sliced melon, “will you be talking about anal sex at 10 a.m.”
We know that Underwood is fertile because she has three children with her husband, hockey player Mike Fischer, who plays for the Nashville Predators. They live in Nashville or Franklin, which is south of Nashville. They also made headlines by attending a church that accepts homosexuals, without asking them to not pair up with someone that is the same sex.
Here is an excerpt from the political insider:
We know how profoundly Christian Carrie Underwood is (see here and here). She makes no apologies for standing up for traditional values, which is very difficult to do as a pop star. Carrie Underwood is a true patriot, but did you know her husband is too?
Fisher sat down and went on record to describe how his faith changed his life. He accepted Jesus at a young age thanks to being raised in a Christian home, and he credits his belief in Jesus Christ to his success in hockey.
Fisher noted that after playing hockey for a few years, he was acting like a “good Christian” but his life was still a mess. That all changed when he opened the Bible at a Bible Study. He happened to to turn Luke 9:23-25, and that’s what changed his life forever. Watch what he has to say (below)!
“That was for me,” said Fisher. “Because I had reached my dreams; I had money and everything I thought was cool and it just wasn’t working. And I knew the answer, but I hadn’t been looking for it in the right places. Through a process of just praying and getting in the word with my cousin, my life was changed. For the first time I remember thinking, this is really real. It wasn’t because of my parents. It wasn’t because I was supposed to be in Church. But it became real to me and it didn’t happen overnight, but slowly God changed me on the inside.”
Fischer also has an interview on iamsecond.com, where he talks about his evolution as a Christian athlete, and his dependence on Christ.
The two Fischers are also at the center of a homosexual controversy involving her attendance at GracePointe church in Franklin, TN. It’s been a year since a Time magazine article appeared in Jan. 2015 on the change or epiphany, where the pastor describes the reason why the church has taken the position of not counting homosexuality as a sin in their church.
Is it just ironic that Underwood expresses her need to love homosexuals and not count homosexuality as sin, and her appearance on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine? It’s not part of this essay to present points for or against Mitchell’s reasoning. But it is important to note that Fischer is supposed to be accepted as a symbol or a role model for young Christian athletes, when his wife flaunts herself on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. It’s not a good model for Christian females. Or perhaps they will start reading Cosmopolitan magazine at GracePoints Church. That would be an epiphany of a different kind.
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