GLAAD Targets 'Voice' Judge Blake Shelton for 'Anti-Gay' Tweet
GLAAD is calling on country singer Blake Shelton, a judge on NBC’s The Voice, to apologize after a violent, anti-gay Tweet was sent from his Twitter account overnight.
Shelton apparently had been Tweeting about re-writing lyrics to the Shania Twain song, “Any Man of Mine”.
The original lyrics are: “Any man of mine better walk the line – Better show me a teasin’ squeezin’ pleasin’ kinda time.”
But on his Twitter page Shelton wrote: "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 says that for a judge on one of the most gay-friendly reality shows on television to make a joke to his 300-thousand-plus followers about leaving a gay man "beaten, bleeding and heaving" is completely unacceptable. The group adds, "One has to wonder how Shania feels about seeing her anthem about strong women and female empowerment turned into a violent threat."
The group has already called the show’s producers asking them to demand that Shelton apologize for his remarks.
Shelton later clarified his Tweet: “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 president Jarrett Barrios responded, "Blake Shelton took the right step in speaking out against anti-gay violence and sending an important message to his fans and viewers of The Voice."