I kind of liked Kelly Clarkson. Her songs are snappy. She didn't have anything handed to her on a silver platter. She's cute. She weighs a little more than your average lady pop star and when critics snipe at her weight, she ignores them. I find that very admirable. And then... She said she loves Ron Paul.*

Why, Kelly Clarkson, why? She later defended her statement, noting that she doesn't agree with everything Paul stands for. She said, "I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights". That is all very nice except that Paul kind of is adamantly opposed to all of those things (minus the men's rights). Clarkson may like that he stands for less government interference, except that he stands for the highest levels government interference in the most private of realms. So I just don't get it. It makes me think that Clarkson just doesn't want to pay her fair share of taxes to support a fair and just society. If that's the case, I'm super disappointed.

Once Ron Paul and his dangerous, fundamental-minded ilk are gone, I will breathe for the first time in a long time. Until then, Clarkson is gone from my list of neat celebrities.

*Although for a little while I was confused and thought she endorsed Rick Santorum, which would be even worse since we opposes all forms of birth control, but still...