Blake Shelton States ‘Anti-Gay Violence is Unacceptable,’ Asks GLAAD to Help Spread His Message
One only need to watch a single episode of 'The Voice' to understand that country superstar and talent coach Blake Shelton is a funny, sarcastic guy. Dig a little deeper, and you'll learn that Shelton likes to "re-write" songs on Twitter in silly, often hilarious ways, twisting them and dosing the words with his signature sense of humor.
Last night, Shelton re-imagined Shania Twain's 'Any Man of Mine,' posting what became a controversial tweet. The folks at GLAAD were upset by Shelton's joke and demanded an apology from the singer, perceiving his post as anti-gay and promoting violence against gay people.
While Shelton's tweet was clearly in jest and certainly not a proclamation of his beliefs, as his sense of humor is one of his best traits, his choice of words easily caused a misunderstanding and his sentiments came across as insensitive, so an apology was certainly in order -- and Shelton has indeed offered several, proving that he's the stand-up guy we always thought he was.
His first apology tweet read as follows: "Hey y'all, allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night."
His second apology tweet: "It honestly wasn't even meant that way ... I now know that there are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere."
His third apology tweet: "But when it comes to gay/lesbian rights or just feelings ... I love everybody. So go look for a real villain and leave me out of it!!!"
His fourth apology tweet: "@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!!"
Even 'The Voice' tweeted in Shelton's defense, writing: "@glaad listen to us #thevoice when we tell you that @BlakeShelton is all about love, laughter, music, @AdamLevine and no hate." Openly gay country singer Chely Wright also came to Shelton's rescue, with a tweet of support: "Way to go @BlakeShelton! xo c RT "Hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!!"
Let's not forget that Shelton chose Tyler Robinson, who happens to be gay, for his team on 'The Voice' -- and he's a big fan of giving his male pals a friendly smooch when he sees them, as you'll see in this adorable gallery of pictures -- so it's apparent that Shelton isn't an advocate for gay violence, nor should anyone on this planet be! It was an unfortunate tweet, and his remorse is evident from his follow-up tweets.
In response, GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios states, "Following outrage from community members and allies, Blake Shelton took the right step in speaking out against anti-gay violence and sending an important message to his fans and viewers of 'The Voice.'"