Kelly Clarkson’s best tweets: from body-shaming trolls to Michelle Obama bullies

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From body-shaming trolls to Michelle Obama bullies, Kelly Clarkson can always be relied upon for an epic Twitter takedown. Make way for the American Idol queen…

If you’re a longtime fan of Kelly Clarkson, you’ll know she’s still the undisputed queen of American Idol. Why? Because she’s got powerhouse pipes, a down-to-earth personality, and her chart hits are literal pop perfection. 

But if you’re new to the Clarkson appreciation party, there’s one thing you should know: she’s also a master of the Twitter takedown.

Over the years, Clarkson has built something of a reputation for her irrepressible self-confidence and positivity, when she radiates in the face of criticism. Meanwhile, at the same time that she’s secured national treasure status, her Twitter comebacks have grown ever-sharper, running the gamut from whip-smart wit to scathing rebukes that leave the internet bowing down in awe.

Whether it’s taking bullies to task for body-shaming, or firing back at trolls who try to take down the next generation, Clarkson is never afraid to use her voice to speak out. Here are some of her best Twitter moments:

  • When she bonded with Amy Schumer over food-shaming paparazzi photos

    When Amy Schumer was food-shamed by the Daily Mail who published intrusive paparazzi photos of her daring to eat a sandwich while filming in New York, the comedian didn’t let the sexist commentary phase her. Taking to Twitter to mock the news story, she posted her own hilarious clarification: “No! It was prosciutto from @defontesBrklyn I’m no sucka…also that was a great joke! Love chava bracha.”

    Clarkson then turned up an hour later to show solidarity with Schumer by sharing a ridiculous paparazzi photo of her own, showing her eating a hot dog at the beach in 2006. “I think we all have a “stuffing our face” pic & mine was in a bathing suit #winning” she joked, to which Schumer responded, “So much love for this shot! #journalism.”

  • When she shut down a troll who condemned Michelle Obama's mention of slavery

    On the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama gave a moving speech that touched upon her experiences from being part of the first black family to live in the White House, a building that was created from slave labour. Clarkson was in awe of her words, and tweeted that her speech was “amazing.”

    Regretfully, one of Clarkson’s followers was clearly in denial over America’s troubled history, and responded saying that he couldn’t stand Obama mentioning slavery, to which the singer brilliantly shot back: “Pretty certain the slaves that built it didn’t like it either.”

  • When she was mistaken for a seat filler, and epically refused to move

    Imagine performing twice at the prestigious Academy of Country Music Awards, only to be mistaken for a seat filler. That’s what happened to the chart-topping star earlier this year, but because Clarkson is an absolute legend, she stood her ground when she was asked to move, albeit in a totally good-natured way.

    “The greatest thing by far that happened to me tonight was being asked to move because some guy thought I was a seat filler at the ACM’s tonight #CantWinEmAll,” she said in the tweet explaining the seating mix-up. “Literally, it made my night because he was so serious, and I just politely said no hahaha!!”

  • When she fiercely came to the defence of a teenage contest on The Voice

    It beggars belief that there are some people in this world who feel the need to attack a teenage for having the guts to belt out the National Anthem at a major sporting event, but that’s what happened to Chevel Shepherd, the 16-year-old winner of The Voice, who performed at the 2019 Indianapolis 500 this year.

    Clarkson, who mentored Shepherd to victory on the show, not only recognises talent when she sees it, but she also nurtures and defends it after the final curtain call. So when some poor soul tweeted that Shepherd’s rendition was the “Absolute WORST version of God Bless America I’ve ever heard,” Clarkson was having none of it. 

    “I didn’t actually sing that song today but the 16 yr old girl that did, nailed it,” she clapped back. “Also, think about the fact that U signed in online & took the time 2 drag a 16 yr old girl.”

  • When she delivered the perfect comeback to a body-shaming troll

    Bullies and body-shamers beware: Clarkson knows a thing or two about schooling trolls who call upon body-image to put her down. In this case, an ill-advised troll took the time to tweet Clarkson with the express purpose of telling her: “You’re fat.” Truly, a tweet as old and uncreative as time.

    Nevertheless, Clarkson delivered a sparkling response to the abusive tweet, replying: “And still fucking awesome”. The troll quickly deleted their tweet, promptly scarpered, leaving the internet to turn up to praise her epic roast.

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