“Smash” fans have beef with series star Katharine McPhee.
McPhee joined in Sunday on a popular Twitter meme: “If you don’t love me at my [first image] then you don’t deserve me at my [second image].” It’s a play on the quote often misattributed to Marilyn Monroe, “If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
Here’s McPhee’s version of the meme:
If you then you don’t
don’t love deserve
me at my me at my pic.twitter.com/SoUOkhhy81
— Kat McPhee (@katharinemcphee) April 9, 2018
The actress is currently starring in the Broadway production “Waitress,” but fans were confused about why she would call her role as Karen Cartwright on “Smash” her worst. The NBC show aired from 2012-2013 for two seasons, and while it didn’t last long, still has a legion of loyal fans.
Some fans were straight up offended: “do NOT slander miss karen cartwright like this,” one user said.
Others pointed out that even if “Smash” wasn’t necessarily great, it still helped McPhee’s career. “She does realize if it weren’t for Smash she wouldn’t have Waitress, right?” another user said. “Before Smash, she was just the girl who didn’t win American Idol.”
But some fans said that McPhee’s tweet wasn’t being understood: “think a lot of people are misunderstanding the intent here. Pretty sure she’s alluding to the failure of one show (Smash, cancelled after two seasons) & the success of another (Waitress).”
See more reaction to McPhee’s tweet below.
do NOT slander miss karen cartwright like this. https://t.co/sMUTOuiWM3
— lavender gooms (@femmehouseplant) April 9, 2018
The Smash stans are not standing for this slander https://t.co/Jjowx69LgT
— Sadie Gennis (@sadiegennis) April 9, 2018
Smash was God’s gift to US television don’t @ me https://t.co/YUzKGjpVTs
— sami (@SamiUlin13) April 9, 2018
She does realize if it weren’t for Smash she wouldn’t have Waitress, right? Before Smash, she was just the girl who didn’t win American Idol. Talk about ungrateful. (Also, Ivy > Karen).
— ❤️ ???????? (@poodlemartini) April 9, 2018
I think a lot of people are misunderstanding the intent here. Pretty sure she’s alluding to the failure of one show (Smash, cancelled after two seasons) & the success of another (Waitress).
— Sarah Rennie (@harasnicole) April 9, 2018
Kat sweetie you’re doing amazing https://t.co/iMuTmJjqOR
— rocio (@queenclace) April 9, 2018
still thinking about that Katharine McPhee tweet & how it’s made me confront having been a SMASH apologist :/
— Sylvy Fernandez (@sylvysparrow) April 9, 2018
I may be #TeamIvy but I love this tweet more than I love Tom and Julia writing "Don't Forget Me" in 25 seconds.
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) April 9, 2018
Why is she acting like Smash is bad?
— Zechariah Cameron (@zechariah1680) April 9, 2018
Ummmm Karen Cartwright deserves better.
— Mert Yigit (@merterenyigit) April 9, 2018