In Hollywood, bravery usually means taking a stand that the vast majority of your peers support or gaining 20 lbs. for a film role.
Try throwing your celebrity clout behind a GOP candidate in the days leading up to a major election.
TV and film star Melissa Joan Hart found that out the hard way last year when she endorsed Mitt Romney in a series of tweets before the 2012 presidential election. Her social media missives were not divisive, insulting or in any way demeaning to those who wanted to vote for Obama. That didn’t matter.
She shared her experiences with HuffPost Live this week.
I got called every name in the book,” Hart revealed. “[People wrote] that they hope I die, and that they hope my children are gay, which is somehow supposed to be some sort of punishment. […] The hate was really unbelievable just from that simple tweet. Just by saying I was voting.