In response to a negative review by City Pages’ Andrea Swensson, Cee Lo Green on Friday took to Twitter, calling the reviewer gay for writing the review.
The review read, in part:
“Though Green has risen to be one of the hottest pop singers of the past year, his set at the Target Center failed to measure up to the fun factor of his recorded material. Green spent most of the set stationed in front of a mic at the center of the stage, barely moving an inch while he sang and flanked by two forgettable back-up singers and a DJ that was all but hidden behind a giant LCD display. “
Green, assuming the reviewer was a man, questioned if the reviewer was “gay” and “offended” by Green’s “masculinity.”
Some of his twitter followers responded with anger at his tweet and he issued a non-apology and clearly did not understand what could be offensive about the things he said.
Green — currently a vocal coach on the NBC reality talent show “The Voice” — needs to hear immediately from GLAAD and it must be explained to him that his response was not only inappropriate, but harmful.
His assumption that gay men could somehow be “offended” by his masculinity intimates that he clearly sees gay men as less masculine than him. He should be introduced to the many gay rugby players, truck drivers, police officers, and fire fighters and be taught that gay is not equal to the stereotypes he seems to assume represent the LGBT community.
And maybe he should consider a different costume designer while he’s throwing around his “masculinity.”
As a former fan of Green’s, I can say I am very disappointed at his irresponsible statement which only spreads further intolerance and ignorance. He must be educated on the fact that LGBT people come in all shapes, sizes and shades and they fall on every color of the spectrum of Green’s masculinity scale.
The writer of the review has responded here.