Last December, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson gained a whole new group of fans when she tweeted the following message: “I love Ron Paul. 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.”
Ms. Clarkson’s pro-Paul comments also cost her a chunk of her supporters, as the pop star was lambasted on Twitter for supporting the Texas congressman. In a March 15th issue of Rolling Stone, Ms. Clarkson details the circumstances of the Twitter backlash. “I didn’t even endorse him! All I said was that I liked him,” Ms. Clarkson remarks in the interview, according to POLITICO. “I voted for Barack, so it’s not even like I’m a hardcore Republican,” Ms. Clarkson adds.
Ms. Clarkson makes it clear in the interview that her decision to tweet her thoughts about Mr. Paul was completely spur of the moment. “I’m hanging out with my brother and my little niece, playing Barbies, and Ron Paul comes on TV. He doesn’t BS around anything. I was like, ‘This dude is refreshing,’” Ms. Clarkson explains.
While Ms. Clarkson received a number of angry comments from her Twitter followers, the pop star also received a mention from none other than Mr. Paul himself. During a campaign rally at Valley High School in West Des Moines, POLITICO’s Juana Summers reported that Mr. Paul asked the crowd the following question: “Does anybody here know the name Kelly Clarkson?”
It was initially reported that Ms. Clarkson’s pro-Paul tweet increased her album sales, but that report was later proven false. Billboard.com reported on January 5th that the increase in Ms. Clarkson’s album sales was due to iTunes’ advertising of Stronger and a $7.99 sale price.