It all starts with a thought. You then express your thoughts in the form of an opinion, and it catches on. That opinion is then left for others to consider, should they feel at liberty to choose to respond to it. And then, thoughts begin to ensue, exchange and evolve, creating discourse. That is how it normally works in this day and age, ESPECIALLY if you are a public figure.
Last week, to her dismay, American Idol Kelly Clarkson witnessed a major backlash from her fans after endorsing Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, citing what they ultimately deemed was her support for a racist and a homophobe. Since then, sympathizers coming to her aide, including Paulbots and media figures like THE YOUNG TURKS host Cenk Uygur have been eager to come out of the woodworks in favor of defending this innocent, gorgeous (hey I can't hate too much, she is pretty dammit, lol) popstar who allegedly knoweth not what she meant when she said the following:
And then, in response to her twitter mentions, added:
"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.”
And then later responded with:
*SIGH*...Ok. Since Ms. Clarkson never bothered to do her research before publicly endorsing Ron Paul, the fact that she is even speaking on the issue of "hate" in her own defense is quite laughable at this point.
Look, I could give two shits about the harsh criticisms Kelly Clarkson has been facing over this issue. I mean after all, it has done her some good, so I don't feel too damn bad about it. Additionally, people like Cenk Uygur suggesting that people "calm down"...Really? No Cenk, YOU calm down. You of all people should know better than to play favorites here in this regard.
As an Obama supporter and someone who blogs every now and then, I do not undermine those who may have actual, sound criticisms and questions, particularly over some of President Obama's policy decisions regarding bank CEOs, drone strikes, the debt ceiling, immigration, Afghanistan, Bradley Manning, etc. But I have to ask the following:
Since when did willful ignorance prevail over the so-called purity of the liberal firebrand that spends much of its time haranguing the public on why the Obama administration is so bad for the country? Why is it so horrible to criticize a public figure for their stances if they are NOT President Obama? Sound familiar?
Let's be real here. It is a little annoyingly fickle for anyone on a professional level to tell anyone to "calm down" given the expansive playing field that the internet is...where anyone and their pet monkey who knows how to use a keyboard can comment on almost anything, anytime, anywhere. Honestly, telling anyone to "calm down" with regard to the given facts does nothing to bring resolve to a debate on an issue such as where Ron Paul's beliefs lie, and how they not only illustrate what kind of person he is, but additionally, what kind of president he will most likelybecome, should he be elected, and then some .
I would advise a little bit of vigilance here for you mighty practitioners of your First Amendment rights: Be very careful. Your right to an opinion on anything is not under attack. YOUR OPINION however, is. And accordingly, I am pretty sure that many of you out there would criticize anyone else who had an opinion on something that they felt like sharing, just as I did when I read Clarkson's stupid statements regarding what she supports in spite of doubling down on her vocal support for Ron Paul.
Seriously, the second I saw that headline, and read the article, not only did I make a face about it, but the words "Fucking Moron" came to mind! And resoundingly so, because that was how I felt at the time after reading such confusing garbage. Honestly, how do you voice your support for a man whose career shares a lineage with racially and socially incendiary newsletters, in addition to any sort of business or social relationship with any of these people that currently highlight an active role on just where Ron Paul stands on anything, whether you agree or not, ESPECIALLY after voicing such liberal stances on issues such as gay rights and social equality?
Ah, but then again, we return to that defense Cenk made earlier in the video that she probably didn't know about the newsletters, blah-blah-blah...Well, as it shows in the articles, that did not stop her from moving forward with her position-Not to mention, proving my intial, point, unless she changes her mind.
The fact is that Kelly Clarkson is a public figure who chose to voice her opinion through a public medium. And anyone, famous or not, knows that if you voice yourself to the public on a subject, you leave your opinion open to interpretation. Personally, I do not understand when it became appropriate, especially for people who often criticize President Obama to criticize OTHER PEOPLE for having an opinion. That's when you suggestively lose your right to play the HYPOCRISY card with people who disagree with you.
Look, as we near another election, I can only hope that all the hypercriticisms of President Obama on the left, especially from Cenk, are not being malignantly influenced. Honestly, ever since the Tea Party dwindled and died this year, we don't need them co-opting the left just to capitalize the anger that progressives are already feeling. That is the game they play, ESPECIALLY guys like Ron Paul and his supporters. The professional left has to be better than to let people like him influence the political left into thinking his brand of libertarianism is any better than what President Obama represents for our country. That's just my opinion in that regard. Thank you.
And for future reference, I hope celebrities like Ms. Clarkson take the time to learn about the ins and outs of political figures before stating her opinion, as it is her right to do so. Because certainly, aside from the publicized stupidity and journalistic malfeasance from the right, the last thing we need is another uninformed celebrity moron speaking for people and influencing public opinion in favor of the wrong thing.
No excuses... Not this time...
Seriously...I'm not kidding...
Not that I'm backing down on my orginal admittance above about not feeling bad about the backlash Ms. Clarkson received over her ill-informed endorsement; Times are hard these days, and you gotta make a buck. However, doesn't pay much to be ignorant about things as important as who you endorse to lead the free world.