The Twitter message, which got deleted soon after it was posted, contained a statement from the Gnarls Barkley star who stated that he never 'meant no disrespect by changing the lyric.'
Cee-Lo Green wasted no time to defend himself after causing outcry for changing John Lennon's song lyrics. However, the self-defensive message was later pulled out by the Gnarls Barkley member as quickly as it was posted.
"Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys!" the Goodie Mob star wrote on his official page soon after he received a bunch of criticism. The "F**k You" hitmaker added, "I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all."
Cee-Lo landed in hot water after he altered the lyrics of Lennon's classic "Imagine" when performing at "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. From "nothing to kill or die for/ and no religion too," he changed it to "nothing to kill or die for/ and all religion's true".
One angry fan by the name of @geekysteven tweeted a response to the lyrics change. "The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm. If 'all relgion's true' it would be a pretty bleak place," so he blasted the judge and vocal coach of "The Voice".
Another jab directed at the Atlanta-born Hip-Hop soul singer was posted by twitter member @skyenicolas. "Look man, you're nothing close to John's intellect. You editing the song makes it a Pro Religion song and not a SECULAR song!" so he posted after the Saturday night, December 31 gig.
In addition to getting protests over the changed lyrics, Cee-Lo also was criticized for the irony of singing lyrics which included lines like, "imagine no posessions" and "no need for greed or hunger", while wearing an attire which consisted of a fur coat and jewels.
Among the many negative comments directed at the singer, there were still a few which defended him. "Nothing could be sillier than defending the sanctity of a pop song -- especially one as dull and schmaltzy as 'Imagine'," so shared a twitter user by the name of @cheap_suit.