Kelly Clarkson's Political Tweets Were Bound to Blow Up in Her Face

kelly clarksonBeing that Kelly Clarkson is trying to make something of a comeback with her relatively new album Stronger, she'll probably want to reconsider ever discussing her politics again ... at least on Twitter. All the brouhaha started last night when the first American Idol winner tweeted about her love for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, writing, "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."

Unsurprisingly, this unleashed a tirade from her one million followers, asking her what the hell she was thinking given the politician's tolerance of racism and homophobia in his newsletters from the '70s and '80s. The funniest part of the whole thing: Kelly acted surprised that people didn't take kindly to her opinion ... on TWITTER.

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If she had said what she said in any other forum ... maybe even Facebook ... things would have played out differently. But Twitter basically revolves around gut reactions and often fosters a mob mentality. The site's users not only have the basic online anonymity that makes them feel like they can say anything -- rude, ignorant, distasteful, downright nasty, etc. -- but also the impetus to hurriedly "keep up with the conversation!". As a result, people don't really think before they hashtag, you know? Especially not when they're reacting to something a celeb says. What's more, hello, you have a million followers -- obviously you're going to get some kind of reaction to anything you tweet. If it's a contentious topic, you're gonna get even BIGGER a reaction. And in this case, clearly, the reaction was extremely negative!

After people threw their Twitter hissy fits at her, Kelly ended up licking her wounds, writing a longer response via WhoSay today:

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.

Okay, that's her opinion, and she's entitled to it, but to express herself on Twitter and then act surprised that people freaked out? Crazy! Later, the singer invited people who don't agree with her to unfollow her. It doesn't work like that, Kelly. Tons of Twitter users LIVE for these mass freakouts. Yup, some of them may only follow you for the sake of hating on you! That's the way the web works! Seems like more than a comeback, Kelly needs a welcome to the 21st century.

Are you surprised Kelly got such a backlash for her tweets?


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