Blake Shelton, the country singer who’s now one of the four judges on NBC’s The Voice, next to Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green, is being accused of homophobia after a tweet he sent hours ago.
It all started when Blake, who’s no stranger to controversy because of the things he says on Twitter, though he insists he doesn’t see the need for musicians to be politically correct because they’re “not politicians,” tweeted something about a Shania Twain song, PopEater informs.
“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...” Blake tweeted, rewriting a line from Shania’s song “Any Man of Mine.”
GLAAD, the biggest group fighting against gay discrimination, immediately picked up on the tweet, telling Blake that what he was saying could be interpreted in a very negative fashion, for which he needed to apologize on the spot.
“No, @BlakeShelton – violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now. #LGBT #gay #thevoice @NBCTheVoice” GLAAD tweeted.
The singer initially tried to downplay the controversy, saying that people simply needed to stop looking for trouble where there was none to be had, and then adding that they got everything he’d said wrong.
“Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night,” Blake said. “It honestly wasn’t even meant that way,” he added.
“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!!!” the singer added.
Even NBC pitched in, telling GLAAD they had the wrong man in assuming Blake was homophobic – but he didn’t get away with something that looked more like an apology than the above.
“@glaad – hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!! And DM me...” he wrote.
Even so, at the moment of writing, there’s still some rumbling online that Blake Shelton is homophobic, with several media outlets choosing to believe he really meant what he said in a negative way.