Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but sometimes celebrities learn the hard way that when it comes to controversial subjects like politics and religion it is often better to keep those opinions to yourselves. Kelly Clarkson learned that lesson today.
The American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson threw her support in the direction of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul today, writing on Facebook, "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."
Sounds sensible until you look at Ron Paul's political positions: Against birthright citizenship, pro-life, against federal oversight of health care, marriage, drug laws and pretty much everything else because he says state governments should decide them. He has also spoken out against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Basically he is one of the most conservative members of Congress and believes that the federal government should have little role in actually running the country.
Paul is also considered the grandfather of the Tea Party Movement and many hold him up as the only hope for true change in the U.S. Needless to say, the dude can be a pretty polarizing figure.
After receiving a huge backlash on her position from fans who believe Ron Paul would destroy equality and freedom in America, Clarkson wrote, "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."
Apparently the fans just wouldn't let up, because Clarkson later updated on her blog, "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," she wrote. "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 expect one of two things to come of this: Either Kelly Clarkson never opens her mouth about politics again or she is hired to sing the theme song of Ron Paul's election campaign.
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