Kelly Clarkson caused an Internet uproar Wednesday (Dec. 28) when she tweeted her support for Ron Paul as the Republican presidential nominee.
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican
nomination and no one gave him a chance,” the “American Idol” winner
tweeted. “If he wins the nomination for the
Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
As is wont to happen when politics get involved, Clarkson then received thousands of angry tweets from followers upset with her endorsement, accusing her of racism and being against gay rights.
She later clarified her position, saying, “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.”
Here’s our question: Should it matter?
Clarkson’s support of Paul doesn’t fundamentally change anything we love about her (i.e. her insane voice and amazing, belt-at-the-top-of-your-lungs music). She has no connection to politics whatsoever (aside from once receiving the majority of America’s vote to become the next American Idol), so her support of a certain person in the presidential race shouldn’t make a difference.
Then again, in our world, celebrity endorsements do matter. Why else would they pay stars to shill everything from butter substitutes to health insurance? Still, if there’s one thing people shouldn’t trust their favorite celebs blindly with, it’s carefully considering candidates’ stances on issues. That’s something people should educate themselves about. Besides, it’s not like stars are privy to information we aren’t — we all deal with the same facts.
We do not believe that stars should have to hide their political beliefs because they’re in the public eye — if the rest of us don’t need to walk on eggshells in our everyday lives wondering whether our choice of president would offend someone, they shouldn’t have to worry about it either — but frankly, it might make things a whole lot easier if they did. Still, at least voicing their opinions publicly can start a dialogue, which is a good thing for everyone involved.
What do you think? Do you care who your favorite celebrities support politically?