All signs point to "yes" after the disturbing thing he tweeted out last night….and then "no" from his follow-up tweet this morning.
Blake Shelton, who is gaining some notoriety as one of the coaches on The Voice, took to his Twitter last night in what we can only assume was an attempt to be funny. He sent out this message to his followers, claiming to be reworking the lyrics to Shania Twain's song, Any Man of Mine. He wrote:
"Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy…"
Now, we consider that to be pretty unnecessarily violent and entirely inappropriate, but did he mean it as a homophobic jab? That's the real question. After we got over our initial fury, we read further on his Twitter and saw that this morning, he responded to those who thought his comments were hateful. He insisted that he had no problems with the gay community and even clarified that the reworked lyrics were still supposed to be coming from a "girl's point of view."
Okay, well, that's…still not a very nice message to send out, but better than then the alternative, we guess.
Still, we think he should've taken people's concern a little more seriously than he did. This was his initial response to the criticism:
"Ba! Ha! Reading all my anti-gay hate tweets…. Ha! Ha! If people only knew even a little about me, my family and friends. Dumb asses…"
Again we ask, necessary? Can't you see where people would get the wrong idea for your initial tweet, especially in a time when violence against gays is such a huge issue? You could stand to be a little more respectful of the community you claim to have no problem with when people of that same community take offense to your 140 character remarks.
Or don't. Whatever. See how far that'll get you.
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