Blake Shelton came under fire from GLAAD earlier today after tweeting what at first seemed like an anti-gay and violent statement. But I spoke to insiders who explained the entire misunderstanding!
The Voice‘s Blake Shelton is a huge jokester, but unfortunately an attempt at a recent joke did not sit well with those who are not familiar with the country singer’s humor. Last night, Blake tweeted “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…”. I was shocked and confused to see that fans and GLAAD took great offense to his tweet, until I realized they were reading it as an anti-gay, violent sentence. I spoke to friends close to Blake to help explain what really happened.
I am a huge country music fan (hush, no judging necessary), so even before Blake became more visible on NBC’s The Voice, I was a fan of his music. His tweets are (usually) hilarious and are constantly laced with sarcasm. So I was very confused when I signed on to Twitter this morning and found he was being called homophobic.
I spoke to a friend close to the singer to confirm my suspicions that it was all a misunderstanding. Blake is “the sweetest, most lovable, wonderful man. He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He is not homophobic,” affirmed a friend of the country star’s.
So why did he tweet something that offended so many people? It was unintentional! “He meant it from Shania Twain’s perspective, from a woman’s perspective. She has been all over the news and he was watching her on Oprah and he really just meant, in a joking way, if some guy grabbed Shania’s butt she would hit him away. He absolutely never intended to appear homophobic.” Blake was referencing Shania Twain song “Any Man of Mine”, with original lyrics “Any man of mine better walk the line – Better show me a teasin’ squeezin’ pleasin’ kinda time.”
Blake’s Twitter followers all instantly jumped to his defense, as did NBC via Twitter: “@glaad listen to us #thevoice when we tell you that @BlakeShelton is all about love, laughter, music, @AdamLevine and no hate. #teamblake.” Usually major networks try to stay out of controversial drama, so it was a good sign that NBC was quick to throw their support behind the country crooner.
As fellow Blake Twitter followers know, the singer often rewrites songs on his Twitter as a joke. Unfortunately, this one was skewed and GLAAD scolded Blake for his comments. “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. Blake Shelton needs to recognize that violence against the LGBT community is not a laughing matter, and he needs to apologize to his fans, and to fans of The Voice, for his comments,” GLAAD’s post said.
At first, Blake joked about the misunderstanding. And then things got serious when GLAAD stepped in. Once he realized the severity of the situation, Blake spent all morning apologizing and trying to clear up his comments, saying he wants his fans “to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!”
GLAAD responded to Blake’s apology saying, “GLAAD thanks Blake Shelton for sending the strong message to his fans and the public that he recognizes anti-gay violence is unacceptable, and hopes he’ll be able to further lead by example by working with his young, gay mentee this season on The Voice.”
The organization still says Blake tweeted “a homophobic joke about beating up another man for touching him.” I strongly believe that Blake fully intended that lyric to be from a girl’s perspective, and the only offensive thing he was saying was “hit a guy if he grabs your butt.” And to be honest, I can’t say I disagree with that statement.
At least the good that comes from this is people are taking a stance against homophobia and anti-gay violence! But again, I don’t think Blake should be punished if his intentions were not homophobic. Do you think Blake was making a joke or do you accept his explanation? Discuss below!
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