Loose Screws

by Stephen Mills on December 30, 2011

This article is just a random rant.

It’s like a train wreck that you can’t look away from.  Usually I go to Google news to scan the science section for interesting tidbits.  I don’t read the other trash.  However, today as I was scrolling down I saw a headline that I just had to read, something about Kelly Clarkson loosing fans over support of Ron Paul.  Why would anyone stop listening to songs because the artist supported a politician you didn’t like?

I found this:

“I used to like Kelly Clarkson. But I can’t like anyone who is either ignorant enough or arrogant enough to endorse a candidate like Ron Paul,” Spafford Freeman told Fox411 on Thursday from her home in Minnesota. “I have listened to ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ for the last time.”

Singers are often a wacky bunch and often do a lot of things I wouldn’t do.  But I don’t listen to them because of their politics or other antics.  What is she a hero you worship who has now fallen?  If you like “Since You’ve Been Gone” why the hell do you care anything about the what the person who sings it thinks about a politician who doesn’t have a chance in hell to win?

In any case did Kelly Clarkson say something wrong?  Did she express racist or homophobic views?  No she said she supported Ron Paul because of his limited government stance.

I like a lot of people who think a lot of things differently than I do and who are completely opposed to things I care about.  So what.  You are a shallow person if you can’t accept anyone who thinks differently than you do, much less someone who doesn’t know you from a clod of dirt.

Here’s a good one:

“Ew just found out Kelly Clarkson luvs Ron Paul lyk, 4eva and stuff. Soz Kelly, not your fan anymore.”

What the hell does that even say?  My response is you’re a freaking idiot – 4eva.

Evidently Clarkson apologized because she didn’t mean to offend anyone.  Now that is what I don’t like.  We want people to be authentic but nobody of influence can say anything anymore without offending someone and being ripped to shreds over it.  I wish she would have said F**K YOU, I don’t want any fans who would stop listening to my music over this.   Now that is probably what she thinks but she can’t be authentic so her publicist likely helped her craft a politically acceptable apology.

I guess I’m just getting to be an old crank.  Happy New Year anyway!


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Unklar December 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I agree this is a sad statement on our current culture. Yes, she has a right (and a responsibility) to develop and, if she wants to, share her political views. I see this attitude more and more in my students as well. Conditional love or acceptance is tearing apart the fabric of your society.

FWIW, if you are an old crank, then so am I.


Sandy December 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Unklar, +1

Yup – a reflection of us as a whole, principles and truth mean nothing anymore. Everything is relative.


Julie W December 31, 2011 at 6:36 am

Why does anyone care what celebrities do or say? It’s part of a “virtual” life, which more people seem more interested in than real life these days.


sophie December 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm

So many so-called “grown-ups” are emotionally immature. It’s why I’m beginning to question if rule by the majority is even wise any more. The population is being dumbed down at an alarming rate. And thinking you can hurt Kelly Clarkson by depriving yourself of listening to a favourite song is pretty ignorant. Why not just cut off your own ears so you don’t have to listen to her voice ever again? Makes as much sense. On the other hand, Clarkson should grow a spine – either state the case for a politician you support or worry about PR – pick one. Otherwise, shut up and sing.


TheLifePilgrim January 1, 2012 at 3:59 am

It seems like a lot of people project their idea of a perfect person onto their idols and when that expectation isn’t fulfilled they feel hurt, cheated and apparently totally devastated.

Where does that need to idolize come from? Why not just accept them for what they are? People like you and me — with a better paid job. And what role does the media play in this?


Steve January 4, 2012 at 2:36 am

Seems that we are more preoccupied with what celebrities say and do than what’s really important. And that’s a sad state of affairs.

Oh well. 🙂

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doreen18 January 30, 2012 at 2:35 am

We are trying to be mature in every situation and decision we made but then the immaturity come along, I think whatever we do immaturity will always comes last because its part of maturity that we trying to hug.
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Amy Sue March 16, 2012 at 11:25 am

LOVE your stuff, & by stuff I mean the words you type on the screen expressing your point of view, & I promise I won’t de-friend you because of your political or other affiliations.

Amy Sue


Amy Sue March 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

Oh & P.S. I agree w/ Sophie who so eloquently said, “shut up & sing”!


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