Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 12/29/2011
Kelly Clarkson tweets support for Ron Paul, receives barrage of angry tweets
By Sarah Anne Hughes
Kelly Clarkson. (Stephen Lovekin - Getty Images) “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson has learned that sharing a political opinion on Twitter is not always a popular move with your followers.
“I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance,” the singer tweeted Wednesday. “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
This informal endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul set off a firestorm of angry tweets, with people accusing Clarkson of supporting racism and the death penalty, and of not supporting equal rights for same-sex couples. One Twitter user called her “stupid,” while another tweeted, “Now THAT is how you get someone to unfollow you on Twitter ... and in your career. Good luck — you’ll need it.”