Celebrities have been speaking out regularly throughout the campaign, either voicing their support for the Obama administration or rallying behind Mitt Romney. I’m not easily swayed in my political affiliation, especially by celebrities who are paid to entertain rather than give their opinion on social issues, so I never paid it much attention.

Until yesterday.

Stacey Dash took to her Twitter page to endorse Mitt Romney, tweeting: “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future. @mittromney @teamromney #mittromney #VOTE #voteromney.”

The response was overwhelming negative. Here’s just a sampling via The Huffington Post:

[People] began insulting Dash for her opinion, saying she isn’t “black” enough, several even asking if the actress would just “kill herself.”

One man wrote: “This hurts but you a Romney lover and you slutting yourself to the white man only proves why no black man married u @REALStaceyDash.”

As news of Dash’s treatment spread, however, First Amendment-lovers nationwide began voicing their support for the actress using the hashtag #ISupportStaceyDash.

All that for a celebrity’s political affiliation?

It was equally distressing to see people I knew, educated, intelligent, sensible folk, saying this changed their opinion of Stacey.

Umm, but she’s a perfect stranger? Who cares who she’s voting for? Just because we liked her in “Clueless” doesn’t mean we have to agree with everything she believes.

It rarely impacts me either way whether celebrities hold the same views as I do. They make their living entertaining, acting, singing or making jokes, and can do that just fine whether they support President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.

I understand friendly debate and differences of opinion but the vicious attack on Stacey Dash really sheds light on a culture that’s too invested in what other people, especially celebrities, think.

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  • soulfullyreal

    Let’s just be real here there are lots and LOTS or black celebrities who are either republicans or hold republican ideals. Even Jay-Z has admitted to having some right wing ideals, and Beyonce’s family are republicans btw (Destiny’s Child sung at Bush’s inauguration i believe) but now she’s more in the “urban” eye I guess so things are different. Or she could have just developed her own ideas over the years and politically dissented from her family. Whatever. Folks of color just choose not to broadcast their right leaning tendencies for this exact reason. I disagree w/ pretty much everything Romney stands for, but if someone has looked into his policies and ideals and agrees, more power to them. This is why white ppl think most black ppl only vote for Obama b/c he’s black (which is the case sometimes). Still, i don’t wanna be lumped in w/ that group.

    Excuse the misspellings I’m in a hurry, lol.

  • Don

    Stacy dash has done this for press to get her name out there again to try to become relavent again! Well if she ever was relavent!!!…

    • ERIC HARRIS

      YOU ARE 100% CORRECT. HER MOVIES ARE BANNED FROM MY HOME

  • ERIC HARRIS

    THE ONLY REASON YOU HAVE THESE GREEDY ACTORS ARE VOTING FOR ROMNEY IS THEY DON’T WANT TO GET THEIR TAXES RAISED. BUT THE STUPID BLACK ACTORS FAIL TO REALIZE THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE BUYING THEIR MOVIES. BUT THEY WILL FEEL THE HEAT CAUSE WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T BUYING THEIR MOVIES. SO SHE IS CLUELESS. CAUSE WHEN HE WHEN AGAIN WE WILL SEE A LOT OF THOSE SELL OUT ACTORS GOING BROKE. AND YOU WHITE PEOPLE TRY TO ACT IF YOU NOT RACIST. BUT 90% OF YALL ARE RACIST. I LOVE OBAMA NUT I WANT ROMNEY TO WIN SO HE CAN RUN THIS RACIST COUNTRY IN THE GROUND. FUCK THE UNITED STATES AND THE WHITE HOUSE. CAUSE THE NEXT WHITE PRESIDENT I’M GOING TO BE CALLING HIM HONKEY WHITE TRASH EVERYDAY. I WILL NEVER HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR ANYTHING ABOUT D.C. I DESPISE YOU WHITE POPLE.

  • Gamine

    I wonder who Stacy’s openly gay son would vote for….