Cee Lo Green has now learned a lesson that even one of his fellow coaches on “The Voice” (in Blake Shelton) has learned already — be careful about what you post on Twitter.
After a music editor named Andrea Swensson had some negative things to say about a concert event in Minnesota Friday, Cee Lo had the following to say about it:
“I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f*** you!”
As ironic as it may be that Cee Lo quoted his most-popular song in this tweet, a number of people are blasting the singer for what has been deemed by many to be homophobic language. Speaking to Us Weekly on the matter Saturday,
“She was very critical of me. At the time I didn’t even know what gender the person was. I was being a little outspoken that night, a little outrageous. I always expect people to assume that everything I do is part of my character and sense of humor. I assumed that whoever it was would assume it was all in good fun. It wasn’t taken so well, apparently.
“I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community. I don’t have an opinion on people with different religious, sexual or political preferences. I’m one of the most liberal artists that I think you will ever meet, and I pride myself on that. Two of the remaining members that I have on my team on The Voice are proud and outspokenly gay. We just did a team performance of ‘Everyday People,’ and I picked that song for us to do specifically to highlight how we can get along even though we’re so different.”
As mentioned, this isn’t the first time that a “Voice” coach has had to apologize for a message that the original poster claims was interpreted the wrong way. Blake Shelton was talking about re-writing some lyrics by Shania Twain earlier this year, and some tied him posting some lyrics about “beating a buy” who touched him to be endorsing violence against homosexuals. (He quickly denied this as his intentions, and said that the song was sung from a female point a view.)
Do you side with Cee Lo here, or were you offended? In addition, do you think Twitter makes it so difficult to test the true intentions of a joke?
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