Blake Shelton has a misunderstanding on Twitter with GLAAD

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Blake Shelton fans, new and old, are breathing a sigh of relief after the The Voice coach cleared up a Twitter controversy that erupted last night when some followers — and GLAAD — thought his retooling of Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine” was a homophobic rant. “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… ” Shelton tweeted. Ten hours later, he woke up to find a lot of replies. “Ba! Ha! Reading all my anti-gay hate tweets…. Ha! Ha! If people only knew even a little about me, my family and friends. Dumb asses… ” he tweeted. “Please make it right! I want 2 like u again” tweeted one follower. Shelton’s response: “Ha! Ok try this. Its meant to be from a girls point of view.. Thus, ‘Shania Twain.'” Then, it hit him why people had misunderstood his original 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!!!” Adam Levine, a fellow coach on The Voice, jumped to Shelton’s defense joking, “what did you go and say now? Don’t sweat it big country. I know you’re a good person. Well…yeah you’re a good person.”

GLAAD, meanwhile, wasn’t laughing. After Shelton’s initial tweet, the group responded, “No, @BlakeShelton – violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now. #LGBT #gay #thevoice @NBCTheVoice.” Contacted by EW, a GLAAD rep said the organization was working with Shelton on a tweet that addresses anti-gay violence. UPDATE: Shelton has tweeted, “@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!! And DM me…” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios released the following statement: “Following outrage from community members and allies, 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.”

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  • ahh

    GLAAD is trolling Twitter now? Oh no!

    • Jay

      GLAAD gets their panties in a bunch all the time.

      • bert

        They should change their name to How dare you!

      • DebraD

        I think people totally overreacted to this!His saying that he didn’t mean anything by this should have been enough!

    • Jane

      “a GLAAD rep said the organization was working with Shelton on a tweet that addresses anti-gay violence. ” So much for free speech. Maybe we should all submit our posts on this website to GLAAD for a PC re-write, just in case we might offend them. Give another point to the Thought Police and their latest victory.

      • stan

        Being PC is totally gay.

    • kate middleton

      This is so dumb – political correctness run amok.

    • banana

      Glaad is worse than peta…

      • stan

        What if one were a member of GLAAD and PETA? Would one be the biggest, whiniest d0uche in the universe? Probably…

  • Blake’s a Flake

    After his Jake Gyllenhaal ‘joke’ with Reba McEntire (!) at the country awards, I knew this guy would be trouble. This twitter post was just random and proves Shelton has a problem with gay people. I don’t think for a second he would have done a similar post in regards to black people. I hope Adam Levine and Christina…both very gay friendly…take this seriously as does NBC. I DON’T feel his ‘apology’ is genuine. I feel it will just get worse and the show will suffer if nothing is done now. He’s not worth it NBC…dump him now!

    • Ray

      Blake intended for his lyrics to STILL be sung by SHANIA, not him!! Meaning: you touch (shania’s) behind you will get beat. A little dumb on his part that he didn’t see how bad it could be mis-interepreted, but nonetheless a mis-understanding. Note; i don’t even like blake shelton, just trying to shed some light!!

      • Bebe

        The “rewrite” for Shania still doesn’t make any sense. Why would Shania beat up a guy who tried to touch her butt? Unless she’s a lesbian. Is that what Blake is implying?

      • Daw Johnson

        Bebe, or…it’s inappropriate to just grab a girl’s ass? The whole “look but you can’t touch” line from every R&B song.

      • whatevs

        Bebe, I don’t know about you, but I think some women don’t want strangers touching their butt. I think that’s probably a normal feeling to have…

      • joblo

        Isn’t it inappropriate for ANYONE to touch your butt without permission – man or woman, regardless if you are a man or a woman? Why shouldn’t you be able to be upset if you are sexually groped by someone you don’t want to be touched by?

      • RickterScale

        Anyone who is a fan of unwanted “butt touching” should take a ride on the Red Line in Boston…It’s a true gropefest.

      • Bin Laden

        If you follow Blake on twitter, you would notice that he REWRITES other songs ALL THE TIME.

      • Luke

        He just recently rewrote the sugarland song stay and called it shave… about shaving your vag. Is he anti lady bush now? Or worse was he saying he needed to shave his? OMG we need to solve this now! This man is a monster and needs to be Stopped.

        Oh yeah im kidding suck it up you…well, the topic of the song i just mentioned

    • jeremy

      you are what is wrong with this country…can you not see how over the to you are? I mean REALLY?

      • michael

        Actually, I think you might be what is wrong with this country. The poster may not be giving Blake the benefit of the doubt when it seems due, but you can’t seem to fathom why a tweet like that could be a major problem given the politically charged, hateful climate we live in right now. Words can be powerful, especially when they are spoken by influential people.

    • Lee

      The ACM Jake(who is NOT Gay) comment was NOT anti-gay it was about why would anyone not want to date Taylor Swift so that old comment is silly. I read his tweet and thought nothing of it. It was written form a girls point of view. How is this a GAY ISSUE? Wow has this gotten out of hand. People need to lighten up.

      • Blake’s a Flake

        Lee, what have you been smoking? It smacks of being anti-gay. You called that an ‘old comment’…no, what was old (and tired) was bringing up a Brokeback Mountain joke. Now THAT’S OLD. By no means would Blake dare insinuate that Taylor dumped Jake so she can date another Hollywood hottie? Jake was just one…Garret Hedlund, Taylor Lautner, Chord Overstreet from Glee, Jake, Joe Jonas…I know there’s more. So, I think the joke should be that Taylor is quite smitten with the boys and not Jake (who was playing a FICTIONAL Character) being a closeted gay.

      • Leah

        Blake’s a Flake, You also know that Blake and Reba didn’t write the ACM jokes. Be nade at dumb joke writers, etc. Also much was made out of nothing then as well. Touchy!

      • greg

        Only terrorists mention Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner in the same sentence. Will someone drop Homeland Security a line on Blake’s a Flake?

    • Lauren

      Don’t most hosts just read the jokes other people wrote anyways? I think he meant the tweet as joke and nothing else. He frequently re-tweets “new” lyrics. When I first read it I didn’t even think of it that way until all these articles came out. Regardless of how it was meant I agree with Denise I wouldn’t want ANYONE just coming up and trying to touch my butt. GLAAD needs to chill out. It was a joke they shouldn’t take themselves so seriously. People often make jokes about people being overweight and or unactractive. There is no group out there coming to their defense.

      • crispy

        The biggest shocker is that joke was probably written by Bruce Vilanch.

      • michael

        Seriously? You are such a moron. Yes…let’s disband NOW, GLAAD and the NAACP. We should be free to hate and discriminate whatever groups we want and they should have no say about it. Let’s also disband whatever groups support stupid women so, at the very least, we can revoke your local charter. Some of the comments on this board are hateful but yours is so stupid that it takes the cake.

      • Amy

        @Michael, how is your hateful comment about Lauren any better than the hate or discrimination you claim NOW, GLAAD or NAACP are trying to prevent. I think you should take a moment and look at yourself before you tell anyone else how they should act or think. Chill out….

      • michael

        The only thing I hate worse than stupidity is your holier-than-thou, condescending hogwash.

    • Abraham

      Since when does everyone HAVE to be gay friendly? The man made a joke, it was only a slightly funny joke, but it was a joke just the same. How about worrying about actual acts of violence against those choosing an alternative lifestyle. Instead of forcing every celebrity to kiss your ass because some clown might be influenced by what they do or do not say. People who hate gas and lesbians don’t hate them because of anything Blake Shelton says. GLAAD is just another group of overzealous douchebags like PETA who use every damn thing they can to further their agenda. Hey GLAAD F**k You.

      • kate middleton

        Amen, Abraham. It would be nice if GLAAD, NOW, PETA and groups like that would focus on the real problem instead of silly political correctness/free speech brigade. Seriously, no one is influenced by Blake Shelton’s tweets.

      • Gary G

        If you disagree with any of those “organizations,” you must be a facist who bathes in the blood of female lesbian puppies.

    • Annia

      I think Blake’s joke on Jake Gyllenhal was meant to snap at Jake for dumping what her name? Taylor Swift, rather. I was wondering the same thing when he went from girl to girl to girl to girl, that there’s got to be something wrong with him. Whatever floats his boat, you know? I’m not a big Blake’s fan, but I don’t think he is that dumb to intentionally writes those inappropriate lyrics. Then again, any man touching my butt will quickly gets his face slap by me…just saying!

    • kate middleton

      You’re an idiot, “Blake’s a flake”. GET A LIFE.

    • jb

      So what. I think a man should be able to say what he wants! If you don’t like it change the channel. GLAAD are a bunch of perverted fascists.

  • Sanjay

    This is not the first time Blake has put his foot in his mouth. I like Blake. But I stopped following him on twitter a long time ago because he seems to like to provoke fights and it made me weary. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I just think his mouth runs away from him sometimes. This won’t be the last time he pisses people off. And I think he likes it that way.

  • Rebecca

    How was that an anti- gay remark GLAAD if it was meant to be from a woman’s point of view anyway? Am I the only one who thinks that GLAAD overreacts to everything?

    • ?????

      Not at all.

    • Sanjay

      I’ll take his word for it. But I can understand why people were offended before he explained what he meant. Why would a male singer “re write” a song already in the female point of view to also be in the female point of view? That doesn’t really make sense. But again, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

      • kelly

        he’d rewrite it to be funny. and it’s not like women songwriters write all songs from a woman’s point of view. great songwriters – just like authors – can write from any point of view (men, women, animals, God).

      • calla

        if you follow blake on twitter, you know that he routinely re-writes all kids of songs. when i saw the tweet, i didn’t think he was trying to be offensive.

      • heidi

        because he was being funny. get over it, like he said, the people who know him know what he meant and that is all that matters!

    • Karen

      No, you’re not the only one…and I don’t get what the problem would be if it was meant to be from a straight guy’s point of view.

      • MC

        @Karen, really? you don’t see how beating a gay guy for touching his butt would be bad? I understand the sensitive nature with straight men being hit on by gays, but there’s no need for violence.

      • Anna

        I don’t see why it would be bad. An unwanted advance is an unwanted advance.

      • Sanjay

        Very interesting that neither Karen nor Anna would see a problem with beating someone for an unwanted advance. And therein lies the problem and why the tweet was offensive and needed clarification. Because many people believe it’s just fine to beat the hell out of someone instead of simply saying, I’m not interested, move along.” Thankfully, such violence would land you in prison in most jurisdictions.

      • whatevs

        Sanjay, in their defense, a person who has the gall to make unwarranted physical, sexual advances towards someone probably doesn’t respond to “not interested.”

      • Erika

        I agree with whatevs.
        I’ve had men put their hands on me many times without my permission. I’ve had them pursue despite repeated messages of “I’m not interested”. “Stop” doesn’t cut it with some. Eventually pressed charges against one man who didn’t respond to “leave me alone” and proceeded to grab me, and repeatedly jab me in the ribs – a time consuming and frustrating process. So, yes, if someone wants to make unwanted physical advances, they should expect to get the hell beaten out of them, at the very least. Let me know how that “I’m not interested, move along” approach works for you Sanjay, when a strange man is grabbing you by the arm and pulling you towards him. It happens a lot.

        And I think people overreacted to Blake’s tweet. Sadly, not enough people in this world understand the meaning of the word “perspective”.

      • Ally

        Exactly- whether a guy did it to girl/guy or a girl did it to girl/guy- he was talking about someone grabbing someone’s butt..it looks like it was meant to be a joke, why would Blake just randomly make a hateful comment about gays..people overreact too much.

    • k

      I’m with you, Rebecca. GLAAD made a mountain out of a molehill, once it was clear what Shelton meant.

  • Jase

    It very well may have been a big misunderstanding but it doesnt help that this isnt the first time he’s done something like this.

  • Denise

    Seriously?! Any man or woman that touches my behind without my permission is gonna have a problem. Everyone quit being so sensitive.

  • Dash

    GLAAD is becoming as radical as PETA. It’s hard to take them seriously because they take themselves too seriously.

    • Annia

      You took the words right out of my mouth…LOL.

    • Gary G

      If I made out with animals, I’d want people to take me seriously, too!

  • lori

    I fully support the misunderstood quote.

    • ryan

      this doesn’t make sense.

      • MattyB

        YOU don’t make sense.

      • greg

        Your mom doesn’t make sense…. OOOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!!!!!!

  • Ugly Jenny

    Does anyone else get annoyed with GLAAD? Now they’re patroling tweets? Are they going to be the next thought police?

    • Blake’s a Flake

      Ugly,

      Have you been in a coma the past few years since Facebook and twitter have been around? Tune in nightly to the news or read a newspaper and see how many EMPLOYERS look at social networking to screen job applicants. Celebs have gotten into trouble and rightly so. One shouldn’t need an engineering degree to figure out a quote. If people misunderstand a tweet, it’s not their fault. It’s public domain was you hit ‘send’. Blake should just hush up and thank his lucky stars he’s on a hit show. The guys a hot head and this will not be the last time he uses his own gun to shoot himself in his foot. NBC…you’ve been warned.

    • michael

      Thank god they aren’t patrolling your brain. They’d get lost in that hollow shell of that head of yours.

  • Pete

    America – where intolerance and bigotry is celebrated daily. His explanation is a lame excuse.

    • Darkness

      I thought it was a warning to the gay member of his team on “The Voice”. Nah, not really. Cut the man some slack. Everyone should be forgiven once. And the music awards thing doesn’t count. He didn’t write that line. If he shows a pattern of this kind of thing fine. But otherwise it’s just a misunderstanding.

    • KJ

      LOL…you call him intolerant but then you slam him for expressing an opinion different than your own. Can you say hypocrite? I knew you could. You’re the one whose intolerant, not Blake.

    • Flip

      Totally agree, Pete.

  • Kira J

    Note to Blake Shelton. STOP TWEETING.

  • jeremy

    GLADD is so GAY

  • Happy Cinco De Mayo

    Adam Levine LOL! “What did you go and say now?” I love Adam!

  • Leah

    Seriously not seeing this as a gay issue. It is a Shania(girl) song talking to a guy getting frisky. He said so in his tweet. Still GLAAD and everyone is turing this in to an anti-gay scandal….CRAZY. If you have been a fan of his for years ya know is a sweet natured, fun loving guy w/ a great heart. Many people jumped on a bandwagon before reading the tweets is my only understanding. Blake Shelton is a great talent and an even better guy.

    • Annia

      So agreeing with you. He is sarcastically funny. He did a great job co-hosting with Hoda a while back, surprisingly. He seems like a fun guy, but every now and then he tends to put his foot in his mouth… we all do.

  • Bobby B

    I am a gay man who loves Blake Shelton. People have completely misinterpreted what he said. I wish people wouldn’t be so quick to judge others.

    • michael

      Tell that to the minnesota, arkansan and US Senates and Houses.

      • Annia

        What Arkansans got to do with this???

      • Gary G

        Arkansa IS pretty gay, don’t you think?

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