Blake Shelton Says His Controversial Tweets Were 'Inappropriate,' Not 'Hateful'
The country star has come under fire for social media posts that some consider racist and homophobic.
Country star and The Voice host Blake Shelton has found himself under fire for publishing what some fans consider homophobic, racist, and sexist tweets.
The tweets, written between 2009 and 2011, were re-discovered and circulated over the weekend by Twitter user MusicFactsTea:
In another tweet, Shelton said that he wished "the d--khead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he’s planning to bomb!!"
Shelton, 40, responded to the outrage via Twitter on Wednesday, claiming that his humor may have been "inappropriate," but that it never stemmed from a place of "hatred":
"Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see," he wrote. "That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form. Can my humor at times be inappropriate? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anyone who may have been offended."
Shelton is somewhat of a darling in the country music scene, and has gained notoriety since becoming a judge on The Voice in 2011. He's also currently dating alt. legend Gwen Stefani, with whom he is allegedly planning a wedding.
The "Came Here to Forget" singer will be on tour until October 8.