June 17, 2011 2:16pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'The Voice's' Cee Lo Green Responds to Uproar Over 'Homophobic' Tweet
The Voice coach Cee Lo Green has recently come under fire for a tweet he sent to a music critic that some have interpreted as anti-gay. He took to Twitter on Friday to dispute the claims.
“Apologies gay community!” Green tweets. “What was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he [was] gay which is fine but its nice to [know] what u think of me.”
“Nakia and Vicki ‘Team Cee Lo’ are proudly gay and are [my] greatest assets!” he continues. “I'm no bigot or homophobic. [It’s] all a very big misunderstanding.”
Green sent the apparently offensive tweet to Minneapolis music editor Andrea Swensson earlier Friday after she negatively critiqued the singer’s performance with Rihanna at the Target Center in Minneapolis Thursday.
According to the Star Tribune, Green tweeted Swensson the following message:
"@gimme_noise I respect your criticism but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing ur gay? and my masculinity offended u? well f--k U!"
It will be interesting to see if the singer’s tweeted apology will put out the flames or if gay media watchdog groups escalate the situation as they did with Green’s fellow coach, Blake Shelton, in May and currently with 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan.
[Update: Apparently, Green deleted the tweets referred to in this article. Luckily, CityPages took screenshots.]