American Idol’s first champion Kelly Clarkson announced on Thursday that she’ll be voting for Ron Paul during the GOP Presidential Primary.
In a Tweet Clarkson wrote:
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance.”
Clarkson then added:
“If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
After her messages were posted hateful responses began to pour in, among those comments homophobic slurs for a musician who had a rather large gay fan base.
One fan with a bit more poise wrote:
“I’m flabbergasted that an artist with such a huge gay fan base would publicly support Ron Paul.”
Clarkson for her own part held her own:
“Sorry if I have offended anyone”
While adding that she had not heard about allegations made against Ron Paul for being a racist. Clarkson says she supports him because he wants to reduce the role of government.
“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.”
Later in the day Kelly Clarkson tweeted:
“Man my eyes have been opened to so much hate tonight. If y’all ever disagree with something I say please don’t feel the need to attack me. I will listen to what you say and any articles or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect.
“Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you. I was raised to respect people and their decisions and beliefs and I hope you will grant me the same decency.”
Personally I could care less what Kelly Clarkson or other celebrities have to say about any politician, a celebrity endorsement is the equivalent of nothing, zero, zilch, nada. Sadly there is a large base of people in America who will make up their minds based on these type of endorsements even when admittedly the celebrity making the endorsement doesn’t have all the facts.
Would you vote for a politician based on a celebrity endorsement or is that just a silly political move?