UPDATE: Country Singer Blake Shelton and NBC Responds To His Anti-Gay Tweet

This morning Back2Stonewall.com reported about  NBC’s “The Voice” judge and country singer Blake Shelton ‘s disturbing anti-gay and violent orientated TWEET which was posted out of nowhere which read.

“Re-writing my fave Shania Twain song…. Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…”

After an outcry from the LGBT Community and its straight friends Shelton attempted to “explain” away his Tweet via Twitter. And not very successfully or eloquently. (Since then many Tweets have been deleted)

But this isn’t the first time that Shelton has been caught spouting anti-gay jokes like the Jake Gyllenhaal. /Brokeback Mountain joke that he and Reba McIntyre yucked it up to at the 46th Annual Country Music Awards

Back2Stonewall.com, Pam’s House Blend, and GLAAD have called upon Shelton and NBC to step up to the plate and apologize.

But as you can see Shelton’s response is to explain it away as a “joke”  And NBC’s is to support Shelton and country music sites across the web have rushed to Blake Shelton’s defense.

Shelton, NBC, and everyone out there need to understand that in this day and age being gay is not a joking matter.  And certainly Tweeting something on a social network that can be taken as as homophobic and could promote violence against the gay community IS NOT FUNNY

Words have been killing members of the LGBT Community in this country everyday and along with all the anti-gay hate organizations out there that spew their hateful rhetoric tweets and jokes like the one above no matter how “innocent” people think they are in reality are not and can cause harm us if taken the wrong way by those who hate us.

Is Shelton a homophobe?  I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt and say no.  But one thing is for sure he’s definitely insensitive and an idiot and needs to get off Twitter and make a public apology stating that anti-gay jokes, no matter how “tame or funny” people think they are in fact aren’t and are hurtful, insensitive, and can cause harm and they must STOP NOW!

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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