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Blake Shelton catches heat for Twitter post suggesting anti-gay violence

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Why is it that so many straight men think all gay men want to do is touch their ass?

Blake Shelton, Country Male Vocalist of the Year and a judge on NBC’s “The Voice,” came under fire from GLAAD and LGBT advocates and allies on Thursday for a homophobic Twitter post about beating up another man for touching him.

The response online came fast, reported GLAAD, with Shelton’s own fans being some of the first calling on him to apologize. But not only did Shelton laugh off his fans’ and GLAAD’s requests for an apology, he referred to those tweeting at him with the following:

Said GLAAD in a statement: “This is one of the judges on what’s so far been one of the most gay-friendly reality shows on television. For him to make a joke to his 300-thousand-plus followers about leaving a gay man ‘beaten, bleeding and heaving’ is completely unacceptable.”

Finally, following another series of “tweets” that did little to calm the escalating online anger and after further communication with GLAAD, Shelton posted this tweet, denouncing anti-gay violence — but stopping short of any sincere apology:

You may recall Shelton’s lame “Brokeback Mountain” jab at Jake Gyllenhaal at the opening of the “Academy of Country Music Awards” on April 3.

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28 more reader comments:

  1. I used to like him

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6:50pm
  2. Had nothing to do with gays

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6:53pm
  3. -.- not cool.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6:54pm
  4. dont worry blake…no one, man or women, wants to touch your ass. dont flatter yourself bud.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 6:57pm
  5. blake was joking. granted he should think of how others are going to take that joke but blake isnt homophobic.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:01pm
  6. Blake Shelton [Dislike]

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:01pm
  7. Much Shame on YOU!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:01pm
  8. I love Blake, he seems like a decent guy. I can only assume this had to be taken out of context and abused. There’s no doubt in my heart that he’s a good man.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:04pm
  9. Country music sucks & this guy is an idiot.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:05pm
  10. @Tracy…I disagree. I think he should be very careful what he says and to whom.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:07pm
  11. People simply need to learn to think before they speak. Im sure he didnt mean it-very few of them ever do; but at the same time it is offensive and they do deserve to be chastied. But seriously its not like he’s the spawn of satan.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:08pm
  12. maybe this could be a lesson for celebrities to think about what your saying before you say them or tweet them.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:09pm
  13. He doesn’t strike me as a homophobic man. Just doesn’t want to be touched by a man lol

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:09pm
  14. Forgot to mention….I love country music

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:16pm
  15. i am shock he should worry amout his marry to sexy miranda why is everybody worry about the lgbt people they act like them will catch it

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:19pm
  16. Hopefully his ignorance will cost him in record sales!!!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:20pm
  17. I love country music and I love Blake Shelton. His statement wasn’t anti gay… there are more important things to worry about in the world so get over it.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:33pm
  18. This is a tipical BRAINLESS macho men comment. Regardless any gay/straight connotation in his words, what really worry me is the high level of VIOLENCE inside him; it is really scary. I feel sorry for him. Hey Blake, get some professional help

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:41pm
  19. Fuck you Cindy! If it were you in our place I’m certain you wouldn’t be saying that. So typical of people like her. That’s why it’s okay for the lgbt community to be treated the way we are!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:42pm
  20. Shame on you, Blake!

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:49pm
  21. Wow. now there’s a great guy… i had no idea who he even was till i saw the voice nor did i care. now i do. he is an ignorant dumb ass who obviously has no filter in his voice. i hope to god he has learned something from this. i obviously wont be cheering for his team on the voice.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:49pm
  22. Az…

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:53pm
  23. I don’t like Blake either way, but just a little heads up… He has a gay man on his team on The Voice. I don’t like what he said at all though.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7:56pm
  24. If any one of us had half the thoughts that run through our heads out for the world to see, I’m sure there’s not a one of us that would be found innocent…. Let’s face, it’s easy to pontificate and throw stones, but we ALL live in our own glass houses….

    Chastise if you will, then move on… Life is too short.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 8:05pm
  25. He is just pissed cause no guy would wanna sleep with him unless he paid out the ass for it. I’m wonderfully like that.

    Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 8:20pm
  26. Just another tacky hick.

    Posted on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 6:40pm
  27. Way to flush your career down the bowl, Blake. “@GLAAD I want my fans” yeah well, if you want them, do something positive. Newsflash, your fans are not all bigoted dumbasses.

    Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:54pm
  28. I think he was talking about getting frisked by the TSA, but he could have worded it better for sure.

    Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:49pm