Country star Blake Shelton has been targeted by a gay rights advocacy group for making an insensitive comment on his Twitter account.
The singer paid tribute to Shania Twain’s hit Any Man of Mine, but took his own creative licensing with the words, sparking controversy for his anti-gay remarks. He tweeted:
“Re-writing my fav (favourite) Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…”
The actual lyrics to the song are, “Any man of mine better walk the line/Better show me a teasin’ squeezin’ pleasin’ kinda time.”
However, officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) organisation were not amused. Upon seeing the tweet, a spokesman responded to the star, “No, Blake Shelton – violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now.”
Shelton responded to the criticism. “Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night,” he Tweeted Thursday morning. “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!!!”
A source told Us Weekly: “Blake is so not a homophobe. He really meant that from the perspective on Shania – it was just meant to be a jibe about someone grabbing her *ss. He feels awful.” Shelton Tweeted the controversial statement after watching Twain’s appearance on The Oprah Show where she opened up about her now ex-husband cheating on her with her best friend.