SHELTON APOLOGIZES SORTA: Country Star Blake Shelton Okays Beat-Downs on Gays

UPDATE below

Country star Blake Shelton who has had charted numerous hits over the past decade and is now one of the judges on the new NBC singing show The Voice posted the message above to his Twitter Wednesday night, parodying Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine.”

Note the use of “tries” rather than “does.”  One accidental bump in a bar, or someone looking at you in a way you construe as inappropriate and a beat down is okay? WTF? If women acted like that toward men who tried to touch them, let alone did, civil behavior in public would be long gone.

And what if a woman grabbed Shelton’s ass? Would that be okay? Why? What if it was a woman he didn’t find attractive?

Shelton seems to be justifying this violent anti-gay behavior not because he thinks “no means no” gay or straight, but rather--based on the report below from the Advocate– because he definitely likes to mock LGBT and now feeds on his fans’ reactions to his comments:

Shelton hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire over the weekend. When Swift came up, McEntire warned, “Don’t make jokes about Taylor Swift. If you make her mad, she’ll write a song about you. She writes songs about guys who break up with her. Which I don’t understand in the first place. She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’s sweet. What in the world was Jake Gyllenhaal thinking anyway?”

Shelton responded by saying: “Wait a minute, he was in Brokeback Mountain.” The crack prompted laughter and cheers from the audience.

(Um, Blake honey, acting is a job. Straight actors play gay or straight. Gay actors play straight or gay.)

Now with that audience approval, Shelton seems to have found an angle: Making fun of LGBT.

To suggest that beating up anyone who “tries” to touch you is despicable. And in a climate of increased bullying and violence against the LGBT community from elementary schools onward, to suggest beating someone until they are a

bleedin’ heavin’ kinda guy

is grotesque and vile. And cowardly.

UPDATE:  On their blog GLAAD points out that The Voice, which features Blake Shelton as a judge, was praised for being one of the most gay-friendly shows on network TV. GLAAD calls for action from The Voice and an  apology from the cowardly cowboy Blake Shelton.

We have already called the show’s producers asking them to take action. But right now, 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. We sent Blake this tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/glaad/status/66144223379984384

UPDATE 2: Shelton tweeted the following:

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

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!!!

@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!! And DM me…

“Misunderstanding”?  “People waiting to jump on you”?  Mmmm…not quite. You said something vile and inflammatory. Teddy has it best in comments below.

11 Responses to "SHELTON APOLOGIZES SORTA: Country Star Blake Shelton Okays Beat-Downs on Gays"
Teddy Partridge | Wednesday May 4, 2011 11:43 pm 1

Time to organize the fuck outta this one.

NBC, you need one less judge on The Voice.


Lisa Derrick | Thursday May 5, 2011 12:00 am 2
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 1

Exactly.


Teddy Partridge | Thursday May 5, 2011 07:54 am 3

Reach NBC here

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Teddy Partridge | Thursday May 5, 2011 08:33 am 4

Here’s a report from Metro Weekly‘s Chris Geidner:

On March 5, country music star Blake Shelton scored his eighth No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for his cover of “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”

Tonight, however, people were looking when a tweet from his personal, verified account appeared to advocate anti-LGBT violence.

The tweet — which claims to be a “re-writ[e]” of Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” — states that if a man “tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…”

Shelton currently also is a “vocal coach” on the NBC show The Voice. The other coaches include Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green.

The tweet:

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[UPDATE: A new tweet this morning ...

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Not sure what more might be coming.]


Teddy Partridge | Thursday May 5, 2011 12:43 pm 5

Twitter “apology” per HuffPo:

UPDATE II: Shelton has now formally apologized over Twitter, sending out a series of messages about the incident:

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

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!!!

@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!! And DM me…


Teddy Partridge | Thursday May 5, 2011 12:44 pm 6

Lisa Derrick | Thursday May 5, 2011 12:51 pm 7

Wow. Thank you everyone who made a difference here and gave Blake Shelton a quick lesson.


Teddy Partridge | Thursday May 5, 2011 12:54 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 7

I’m not sure ‘apologize for the misunderstanding’ puts the blame for Blake’s error where it belongs — on him and not the beholder. He needs to say he erred without also criticizing those who ‘jumped on him.’

He’s partway there, but not completely.

NBC needs to take his hand and show him what to say. Not tweet, but say.


Teddy Partridge | Thursday May 5, 2011 05:27 pm 9

Very sorry to see GLAAD turning premature cartwheels at this non-apology apology. They seem driven, so often, to accept half-measures.


DonWilliams | Friday May 6, 2011 09:39 pm 10

Funnybot approves.


mzchief | Tuesday May 10, 2011 12:36 am 11
In response to Teddy Partridge @ 8

Um, yeah.

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