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Carrie Underwood’s ACMs Embarrassment: These Boots Are Made For Talkin’

Lyndsey Parker
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Carrie Underwood has always had a scrubbed-clean, girl-next-sort sort of image, the last American Idol I could imagine making off-color jokes. Sure, I expect raunchy humor from, say, Norman Gentle or Danny Noriega...but from a girl whose G-rated first hit was "Jesus, Take The Wheel"? Never!

But to be honest, much ado is being made about nothing--by Carrie herself--about a supposedly racy joke she tossed off while accepting her Entertainer Of The Year trophy at this past Sunday's Academy Of Country Music Awards. The category's presenter, dazed-and-confused actor/dude Matthew McConaughey, had just told a tale about how George Strait's cowboy boots once got him "lucky"--so when Carrie subsequently stepped up to the podium to give her acceptance speech, she retorted, slightly flustered: "I don't know what to say. I got nothin'...I want to see those boots, Matthew!"

I personally thought Carrie's little adlib was funny--a rare flash of humor, and human-ness, from the normally Stepfordish Carrie. And the seemingly appreciative audience burst into uproarious laughter at the time. But now Carrie is inexplicably embarrassed and going into damage-control hyperdrive, perhaps out of fear that she offended more conservative country fans...or that she offended Matthew's girlfriend, Camila Alves, who was sitting in the ACMs audience Sunday night.

"I'm so embarrassed, I totally embarrassed myself. I just blanked. You want to say something eloquent in a moment like that and I embarrassed myself," she red-facedly told Fox News, over and over and over again. "I'm sorry, Matthew; I'm sorry to my family. I'm totally embarrassed."

I personally feel she's drawing waaaay too much attention to her off-the-cuff remark by stammering on and on to Fox News about it. The lady doth protest too much. In an era when Russell Brand devoted about 78 percent of his onstage MTV Video Music Awards monologue to the subject of the Jonas Brothers' purity rings (compelling another Idol, Jordin Sparks, to make a much more controversial remark in response at the 2008 VMAs), Carrie's joke seemed pretty tame.

I actually was pleased see some sort of subversive side behind Carrie's usual goody-goody, golden-girl facade. There was absolutely NO need for her to apologize. And if anyone DID need to say sorry here, it was Matthew, who offered the eyebrow-raising anecdote in the first place.

But since Carrie seems so mortified about this non-incident, maybe next time she'll think before she, um, speaks.

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