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.