[QUOTE=bbnbama;2559627;]I guess I would have to respectfully disagree with this assessment....I've gotten the impression that most of the people on this board have come to love Carrie and appreciate her achievements even if they don't always post a response to all the great information that razorbacker provides us.
The latter part may be true but 90 percent or so of this website--or at least those that post--had a strong dislike for her during her winning run and predicted major failure. I remember nearly all the comments in the show threads ripping her singing, calling her fat, bashing country music, and saying all she ever did was stand in one place even after the admittedly rare performances like Sin Wagon and Love is a Battlefield where she moved around a lot. Everyone gets criticized here and I have no problem with that, but no one with her level of talent and popularity got such flack from an overwhelming majority of fort posters to that point and probably since.
As to any reevaluation of Carrie post idol, I've long stopped reading the live show threads but most of the comments about her I have read in the remaining threads haven't shown me that that 90 percent dislike has dropped anywhere near the more normal 50-50 like/dislike that love them or hate them people like Clay, Taylor, and Fantasia receive. Her accomplishments and vocal skills are belittled, said to be only due to some PTB manipulation or that its no sweat to excel in the country music world, that her looks alone are what sells albums and wins awards, and so on. Nevertheless, I hope that you are right and people are coming around to respect her whether or not they like her music or performance style.