Pop singer Kelly Clarkson, the first contestant to win "American Idol," took a lot of heat this week after she sent a message on Twitter saying she supported Ron Paul and would vote for him if he got the GOP nomination. She was skewered for those remarks. But now she may have the last laugh as one site reports sales of one her albums are skyrocketing since the endorsement.
First, a little background from HuffPo:
"I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance," Kelly Clarkson wrote on Twitter and WhoSay on Wednesday. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't."
Addressing the criticism, Clarkson later tweeted:
"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."
Clarkson later told an angry Twitter follower that "I have never heard that he's a racist? I definitely don't agree with racism, that's ignorant." She told another that, "I love all people and could care less if you like men or women. I have never heard that Ron Paul is a racist or homophobe?"
The pop star continued her defense, saying: "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 or viewpoints you have when you say it with respect. Being hateful is not a healthy way to get people to see or hear you. I was raised to respect people and their decisions and beliefs and I hope you will grant me the same decency. If you don't agree with me simply unfollow me. It's really that easy. I hope you don't because I would love the chance to hear what you have to say but if you're so blinded by hate you can't seek peace and progress then that is your unfortunate prerogative."
Despite her detractors, it seems many more are supportive of Clarkson than disapprove. The website Gossip Cop reports that sales of her album "Stronger" are up a whopping 192% on Amazon.com:
Sales of Clarkson’s album “Stronger” have soared on Amazon ever since the singer tweeted, “I love Ron Paul,” and “He’s got my vote.”
In the past 24 hours, Clarkson’s record was up 192% on the online retail site.
A day before the former “American Idol” winner explained why she’s a Paul supporter, “Stronger” was ranked #41 on Amazon’s “Movers & Shakers in Music” list.
Today, the album is up to #14.
A snapshot of the Amazon.com "Movers & Shakers" web page confirms the jump: