Stacey Dash and Melissa Joan Hart should start a support group or something. The Sabrina the Teenage Witch actress tweeted her support for GOP candidate Mitt Romney yesterday afternoon and was naturally shredded in 140 characters or less by a multitude of Twitter users.
She began yesterday with a warning: “I may get political today but just stating my feelings, not intending to sway anyone or get into arguments,” which really only tells us two things. One, that prefacing a confession of her personal views with a disclaimer shows that Hart already, in some part, expected the reaction she got, and two, that she clearly has no idea how the internet works.
Then, the tweet heard ’round the world:
“Can’t get too political in only 140 chac but for those asking, I’m voting #RomneyRyan.”
Like Stacey Dash, Hart was immediately inundated with criticism for simply and fairly harmlessly sharing her political views. Of course, she definitely had a number of supporters, but her detractors were many. The most disturbing part of the criticism pointed at Melissa Joan Hart?
They took it out on her career as a 90s teen icon! (WARNING: Some Twitter users have potty mouths).
.@melissajoanhart Explain that one, Clarissa.
— Jonathan Grunfuttock (@peesemould) November 5, 2012
Hart has been defending herself on Twitter all day, which you can follow here. But sharing her GOP support apparently wasn’t the worst decision:
Wow! Ive actually gained 15,000 new followers but I bet some are just to bitch at me. Welcome guys and gals!
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) November 6, 2012
What do you think? Is Melissa Joan Hart a woman-hating, racist homophobe? Is your childhood just ruined now?