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:!/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.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.