Celebrities loooove Twitter. It lets them be heard (which is all they really want) without being censored by publicists our journalists.
But without those gatekeepers, stars—who often live in a fantasy land of indulgence and absolute support—can say some really dumb shit.
Pop singer Kelly Clarkson proved that today when she endorsed Ron Paul for president via Twitter.
“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.”
If Kelly’s publicist controlled her access to Twitter, the American Idol winner might have found out about the various allegations of racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia being levied at the candidate. Even Paul himself has said he wouldn’t distance himself from hate groups if they supported him.
Apparently she didn’t know that. “I have never heard that he’s a racist? I definitely don’t agree with racism, that’s ignorant,” Clarkson, 29, later tweeted when someone informed her.
And thus began a waterfall of Twitter posts:
*”I love all people and could care less if you like men or women. I have never heard that Ron Paul is a racist or homophobe”
*”I have never seen or heard Ron Paul say anything against gay people”
*”I respect your opinion and I am about progress. Ron Paul is about letting people decide, not the government. I am for this.”
It’s one thing to say the allegations against Paul are false (though he doesn’t do much to deny them), but Clarkson insists she didn’t know any of this stuff was being talked about.
Read a newspaper, girl! Read this blog—read any blog!
Finally Clarkson realized she was in over her head, as so many celebs do, and tweeted a “my bad.”
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.
Then, like Lance Bass in his “tranny” apology, Clarkson soon turned around and blamed her accusers.
“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.”
We generally like Clarkson, and have no reason to believe she’s anything but tolerant. But in this instance she sounds like those Fundamentalist Christians who claim they’re being discriminated against because people aren’t just quietly swallowing the hateful things they say.
If you go on a public platform and make a endorsement for president—even if was for Mr. Rogers—you can’t tell people they can’t react strongly.
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