Country singer and one of the coaches on NBC’s “The Voice,” Blake Shelton has responded to The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) request for an apology after he tweeted a comment that the organization felt was anti-gay and may be confused as supporting violence against gay men.
“Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night,” he tweets in response to the controversy. “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. 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!!!”
He later tweeted to GLAAD, “I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!!”
“Following outrage from community members and allies,” GLAAD President Jarett Barrios says. “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.'”
It all started when the singer tweeted his own version of lyrics from Shania Twain’s song, “Any Man of Mine” on Wednesday (May 5).
“Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song,” he tweets. “Any man that tries touching my behind he’s gonna be beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…”
While we saw Shelton’s tweet Wednesday evening, we thought it was definitely unfortunate — especially after a gay performer came out to his father and joined the country singer’s team on “The Voice” this week — but we gave him the benefit of the doubt. We’re also giving him the same consideration that he originally meant that tweet to be taken from a female’s perspective, because we didn’t get that at first.
Do you find his rewrite of Shania’s song anti-gay?