Country star Blake Shelton has sent his apology for his recent Twitter posting that was deemed as anti-gay. While he at first made light the misunderstanding caused by the controversial tweet, the "Hillbilly Bone" hitmaker turned serious after GLAAD demanded him to apologize for the his so-called "violent" remark.
"Hey y'all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night...," the country singer first wrote on Thursday, May 5. "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."
The vocal coach of "The Voice" followed it up with another posting that read, "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!!!" He also wrote to GLAAD, "@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 has since accepted his apology. In a statement posted in the organization's website, president Jarrett Barrios said, "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."
Blake sparked the controversy on Wednesday, May 4 when he posted his version of Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" on Twitter. He re-wrote the lyrics, "Any man of mine better walk the line - Better show me a teasin' squeezin' pleasin' kinda time" to "Any man that tries Touching my behind He's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy..."
The fiance of Miranda Lambert soon found himself under a lot of heat. GLAAD criticized him in a Thursday blog post, writing "This is one of the judges on what's so far been one of the most gay-friendly reality shows on television. For him to make a joke to his 300-thousand-plus followers about leaving a gay man 'beaten, bleeding and heaving' is completely unacceptable."