Kelly Clarkson has outed herself as a Republican and a supporter of Ron Paul. The pop star took to her Twitter and Whosay account yesterday to endorse the politician:
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
Unfortunately for Kelly, a lot of her followers appear to be better informed that she about the politics of Ron Paul. They swiftly replied to Kelly to inform her of the politician’s racist and homophobic past, and Kelly was forced to defend herself:
“I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. 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.”
Orange rights! Just for Snooki. Later on, Kelly made another statement:
“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. If you don’t agree with me simply unfollow me. It’s really that easy. I hope you don’t because I would love the chance to hear what you have to say but if you’re so blinded by hate you can’t seek peace and progress then that is your unfortunate prerogative.”
What an infuriating argument, right? If you’re using Twitter to make political statements, then you’re opening up the lines of discourse, and that’s going to play out on Twitter. Which means brief statements of opposition. “If you don’t agree with me simply unfollow me” is a pretty clear way of making the point that you don’t deserve a platform for making political statements.
(via Huffington Post)