Melissa Joan Hart Tries to Explain It All Regarding Romney Backlash
11:30 am, November 13th | by Carmen Shardae Jobson
So while Melissa Joan Hart didn’t receive as much media and disappointed hatemail as Stacey Dash did after becoming the poster child for the GOP’s current ideology, she wasn’t entirely free from criticism of her decision to vote for Mitt Romney. A mere day or two before Election Day, she tweeted that she’d been asked a lot about what candidate would be getting her tallymark, and she admitted to supposrting the Romney/Ryan ticket. A week later, after Obama won another four years in office, Hart appeared on Sean Hannity’s show to discuss the difficulty of voting Republican in Hollywood.
She recalled her first time voting in the ’90s during the huge “Rock the Vote” campaign — “I [remember] walking into work very proud, and my “I voted”sticker on, went on [the set of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch] for rehearsals, and everyone was like ‘Oh! You voted! Who’d you vote for?’ and I said, ‘Dole!’ and oh my gosh, I learned a lesson that day. You don’t talk about politics in Hollywood’). She also shared her answer to the question of her support for equal rights for women and gays (she claims to have been more concerned about the economics than the social issues this time around), and the problems inherent in a two-party system.
Apart from illuminating her stance on the issues, however, Hart’s appearance raises the following question: should someone have to defend their decision of who they voted for so vigorously, even when their vote went to the losing candidate? Both Dash and Hart were asked angrily to explain themselves after their Romney endorsements. Granted, in comparison to Obama, Romney’s policy proposals were much more rigid, but the same indignant request for explanation never applied to the many celebrities who supported Obama. What gives? You can see the full interview below, via FOX: