Country star Blake Shelton, who is currently a judge and mentor on the new NBC singing show The Voice, made a joke on Twitter last night that caused an uproar in the gay community.
The Tweet that quickly labeled Shelton as homophobic read: “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…”
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) demanded an apology from 34-year-old Shelton, posting on their blog Thursday: “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 continues.
Shelton responded to the outrage today on Twitter, posting this series of Tweets saying, “Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night… It honestly wasn’t even meant that way… I now know that their are people out there waiting to jump at everything I say on here or anywhere.”
Shelton continues, “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!!!”
Another example of how powerful Twitter can be….