Posted on Thu May 5, 2011 11:10 AM PDT
Country singer and The Voice host Blake Shelton is in trouble with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation after an offensive Tweet.
The singer's Tweet was a re-write to the Shania Twain song "Any Man of Mine." Shelton made it clear that he doesn't want any men anywhere near him.
"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," the singer wrote.
GLAAD says making such a violent joke is unacceptable.
Shelton has more than 300,000 followers. One of The Voice's marketing ploys has been live Tweets from the four judges; Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Shelton, throughout the show.
GLAAD called the show's producers demanding an apology from Shelton.
At first, the singer wouldn't back down. He Tweeted: ""Ha! Reading all my anti-gay hate tweets.... Ha! Ha! If people only knew even a little about me, my family and friends. Dumb a----."
But about an hour later, he changed his tune a bit (or producers changed it for him.)
- "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!!!"
No word yet on if GLAAD finds the apology sufficient. What do you think; is Blake's apology enough, or is his "go look for a real villain" comment a cop out?
See what Maroon 5 frontman Levine had to say about Shelton's Tweet after the jump.
UPDATE: GLAAD has responded to Shelton's apology Tweet: â€œFollowing 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,â€ said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.
Levine showed his support for his co-coach Shelton.
The Voice has been doing well in ratings and winning its demographic.