Yesterday, the singer Kelly Clarkson came out in support for Ron Paul.  She posted:

“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.”

She received numerous messages of support, along with some disgusting vitriolic hatred. Shortly afterwards, she posted:

“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.”

Now, Ron Paul is not my preferred candidate. While I wholeheartedly agree with his approach to a small state with low tax, low regulation and liberty for all, I cannot support his foreign policy.  As a Brit, I have debated at length with Libertarians and Paul supporters; I refuse to believe that America should have the same approach to diplomatic relations for the UK as they do for Iran. Even many on the left would agree that there are occasional cases in which intervention is necessary for humanitarian and diplomatic reasons.

Recent revelations about Paul may affect his campaign, but his supporters should not be lambasted as racists, sexists or bigots. Kelly Clarkson should never receive such abuse for showing support for Ron Paul.  The backlash that she suffered is indicative of the hypocrisy and mentality of the left.  Accusations of bigotry are always thrown and conservative candidates and supporters.

On the other hand, when artists come out in support of Obama, they are never derided for supporting a President who has presided over a failed stimulus package alongside numerous errors of judgement. Instead, they are lauded as progressives. Incredibly wealthy individuals such as Kanye West came out in support of the Occupy movement and even turned up to Occupy Wall Street in a stretch limousine.

Interestingly enough, the top 25 richest celebrities supporting Occupy Wall Street were worth more than $4billion according to Celebrity Net Worth. This is not solidarity, it is shameless self-promotion and pandering to students.

Multi-platinum singer Adele suffered a similar backlash in the UK.  In a recent magazine interview, she complained about the 50% income tax bracket in the United Kingdom which the previous left wing government had implemented.  A Twitter storm soon followed as numerous left wing commentators, who had previously been fans of Adele, queued up to denounce her.  Thankfully, she also received widespread support from those who believe a 50% tax on success is ludicrously unfair.

It is not popular for celebrities and artists to show their conservatism.  They are clearly instructed by an army of agents and media types to jump on the Obama Zombie bandwagon.  Therefore, our support as conservative students is important.  Using social media like Twitter and Facebook, we can show that not all students are supporters of progressive agendas. Otherwise, conservative celebrities may be reluctant to come out in support of GOP candidates in the future.

So whichever GOP candidate you support, we should welcome artists like Kelly Clarkson to the Republican Party. She had the courage to ignore her peers who kowtow to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

Kelly Clarkson should be applauded for refusing to conform to the standard left wing media bias.

Frank Manning // University of Nottingham (UK) // @billymanning