Country music star andÂ Voice judge Blake Shelton apologized for a tweet he sent Wednesday in which he advocated homophobic violence while parodying a Shania Twain song.
La FigaÂ reports on Shelton, who said he was â€œRe-writing my fav Shania Twain songâ€ when he tweeted, â€œAny man that tries Touching my behind Heâ€™s gonna be a beaten, bleedinâ€™, heaving kind of guy … â€
See what happens when you give someone a little fame? Â They think they can say anything!
After news reports and backlash from fans, Shelton stressed that he is not antigay, and that he apologized “for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night.” He added, “It honestly wasn’t even meant that way …Â I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or everywhere. … 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.”
TheÂ Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Thursday morning called on the singer to apologize, and GLAAD officials said they had contacted producers atÂ The Voice, known for being a gay-friendly show. After GLAAD contacted NBC and the show’s producers, Shelton offered his apologetic tweet.
Over the weekend, Shelton, a popular judge on the NBC singing program, cracked an antigay joke when he hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire. He suggested thatÂ Jake Gyllenhaal had left Taylor Swift because the actor â€œwas inÂ Brokeback Mountain,â€ which prompted laughter from the audience in Las Vegas.
The homophobic tweet prompted an outcry, leading Shelton to initially call his critics “dumb asses” on Twitter, where he also suggested their concerns represent “antigay hate tweets.”
I think it’s time we tell celebrities like Blake Shelton and Tracey Morgan that just because they say sorry doesn’t make their statements any less offensive. Â The truth of the matter is, is that these people would not be sorry if they hadn’t gotten caught or if it had creeped under the radar. Â Instead of using their fame to be “funny” or what most would agree is hurtful, why don’t they use their fame for something good…like a charity or something. Â Just sayin’.