Cher Feeling the Heat From Anti-Romney Twitter Rant


Cher, gay icon and mother to Chaz Bono, presented him with GLAAD's Stephen F. Kolzak Award, given to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

"Thank God I got the half that thinks," she writes in response to an assertion that a series of tweets -- now deleted -- has cost her 50 percent of her fans.

Cher went on an anti-Republican tirade early Tuesday morning that went viral courtesy of the Drudge Report, and by noon she had deleted the offending tweets.

“If ROMNEY gets elected I don’t know if I can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters,” the entertainer tweeted referring to Mitt Romney, the Republican's likely nominee for president.

After some criticism -- some of it profane -- Cher tweeted: “TOO HARSH? That’s me Holding BACK! They care nothing about the POOR The OLD The SICK The HUNGRY CHILDREN & People striving 4 a Better LIFE ! –"

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While the tweets are no longer at her Twitter page, she has nevertheless been tweeting her responses to criticisms about them, and the original tweets have been captured on several sites since they were first reported at Twitchy, a site run by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

After someone tweeted: “Ouch!!! Bet you just lost half of your fans,” Cher directed a tweet at Malkin, Romney and Monica Crowley of the Fox News Channel that read: “Thank God I Got the half that thinks!”

Reaction to her tweets was seen all over the Internet on Tuesday, with right-wing bloggers oftentimes referring to them as “nasty,” “crazy” and “bizarre.” Some preferred simply to poke fun at her penchant for capitalizing random letters.

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More mainstream outlets also weighed in on the controversial tweets. The New York Daily News joked that Romney probably won’t be choosing a Cher song as his campaign anthem, while a blogger at the left-wing Village Voice opined: “If you need any more reason to love Cher, here it is.”