Kelly Clarkson finds herself in the middle of a huge political controversy  Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
LAS VEGAS, NV - August 15: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** Kelly Clarkson performs at Mandalay Bay Events Center at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV on August 15, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX

It all started with a retweet. For those of you who aren’t on Twitter, that means that Kelly Clarkson shared a post that someone else had made on the popular social media platform.

The president of Let America Vote, Jason Kander, tweeted, “Patriotism isn’t about making everyone stand and salute the flag.Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.”

And Kelly shared it.

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But when President Donald Trump weighed in on the NFL’s current “take a knee” controversy, Kelly took a little jab.

And hell was unleashed.

Of course, we never have to worry about Kelly being able to hold her own. But she also knows the value of choosing her battles. So, when someone made a comment saying she was “spewing negativity” and reminding her of what happened to the Dixie Chicks, Kelly defended herself. “Who’s spewing negativity? And please stop using the ‘celebrity’ thing. I’m a Texas girl who loves football and the NFL is doing just fine,” she wrote.

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And when another tweet implied that Kelly should be quiet because she was a celebrity, not only did she have a solid comeback, she got plenty of support: “The fact that you think because I have a job that’s in the public eye, that I should silence myself and negate my American citizenship is ignorant,” Kelly wrote. ‘Nuff said.

Fortunately, the night ended peacefully for Kelly and one tweeter, Richard James, hearing each other out. His simple thought was, “What I’m saying is that we want people to stand up and pay respect for our #NationalAnthem every day.” She replied, “Totally agree but we also have to respect what these men/women have fought for which is a democracy where everyone feels heard and respected.”


Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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