NBC‘s publicists must be clocking in some SERIOUS overtime!
In fact, several fans have since taken to Twitter to share screenshots of the seemingly homophobic and racist posts (below).
Oof! Obviously, a bulk of these notes were written between 2010 and 2011, which was right before Shelton became a household name on The Voice.
To make matters worse, it’s said the publicists attached to the singing competition are trying to get ahead of the scandal and have even THREATENED to cut off access to the show’s stars and tapings to at least one media outlet. Whoa!
According to Page Six, stories about the fan outrage over the tweets have since disappeared or have become dead links. A source also told the publication:
“His people think this will blow over, but as the scandal unfolded reps for ├óΓé¼╦£The Voice’ called at least one site and asked them not to run [coverage] in exchange for continued access to the show.”
Huh. While we can’t blame the network’s PR mavens for trying to do their job, it still sounds a bit shady to us.