January 08, 2012 10:52 AM by Shayla Perry
Good news and bad news for American Idol alum and Voice mentor Kelly Clarkson. Her latest album, Stronger, experienced a slight jump in sales on Amazon after the singer endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Twitter. Since then, however, Clarkson has found herself having to defend her politics, with some fans accusing her of supporting racism, the death penalty, and opposing same-sex marriage.
With a slight jump in sales and a climb from No. 39 to No. 17 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, you’d think that Kelly Clarkson would be spending her days celebrating the recent success of Stronger. Instead, it seems that the FOX reality star is caught in the middle of a political firestorm.
What happened? It all started on Twitter….
“I love Ron Paul,” Kelly recently tweeted. “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.”
Though her comments got her some support on Amazon and a number of new Twitter followers, Clarkson also received a bit of backlash from fans – er, former fans – who accused her of supporting racism and blasted her for endorsing a candidate they say is for the death penalty and opposes same-sex marriage. (For information on where Ron Paul stands on these issues, you can check out his campaign website here.)
“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 of viewpoints you have when you say it with respect. Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you.
“If you don’t agree with me simply unfollow me,” she added. “It’s really that easy.”
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