Tweets really can haunt a girl, huh? In December singer Kelly Clarkson took to the social media site to profess her love for Ron Paul. “I love Ron Paul,” she said to no one in particular.
Clarkson tweeted on: “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.” Clarkson’s fans were not too fond of these messages because, you know, Ron Paul has previously published newsletters filled with homophobic and racist conspiracy theories. Clarkson for some reason didn’t know that, and soon apologized.
“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,” she said at the time. That should have been that, right? Wrong, because Fox News reports that Clarkson again had to explain herself when the topic “came up” during a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
“I was hanging out with my brother and my little niece, playing Barbies, and Ron Paul comes on TV,” she says of the December incident. “He doesn’t BS around anything. I was like, ‘This dude is refreshing.’ All I did was tweet what I thought, and people went crazy!”
“All of a sudden people were like, ‘You hate gay people’ – what? I didn’t even endorse him!” she added. “All I said was that I liked him.”
That’s fair. Who hasn’t said at some point or another “I like Ron Paul”? He has his charming qualities: he says what he means and he sticks to his guns and he seems to have a good sense of humor. He’s far more endearing than Newt Gingrich, more entertaining than Rick Santorum and more real than Mitt Romney. He’s kind of lovable in a “he’s so unique and quixotic” kind of way. You know, when he’s not saying things like “[MLK] replaced the evil of forced segregation with the evil of forced integration,” but rather when he’s saying things like “the war against marijuana causes so much hardship and accomplishes nothing.”