Kelly Clarkson gets in Twitter fight after supporting Ron Paul
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson drew fire from some fans on Wednesday, catching flak for revealing she supports Ron Paul's run for the GOP nomination for president. Wow, with fans like that, you'd never guess she won a musical popularity contest.
"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," she tweeted via @kellyclarkson. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."
That set off a firestorm of criticism from followers who seemed to think no entertainer can ever be a conservative (she noted "I am a Republican but I actually voted Democrat last election" in a followup tweet). They even accused Kelly of being a homophobe and a racist, which was news to her.
"I am really sorry if I have offended anyone," she wrote after several exchanges with angry Ron Paul haters. "Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite."
Well, see, the problem is that Kelly did two things: She talked politics on Twitter and then she felt the need to converse with the Twitter trolls about her preferences. Doesn't she know celebrities aren't allowed to ever speak their minds on the Internet?
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