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Blake Shelton Apologizes for Offending Gays on Twitter


Blake Shelton stuck his boot in his mouth, but now The Voice coach is apologizing.

It all started when Shelton, 34, Tweeted on Tuesday his own version of a Shania Twain song: “Any man that tries touching my behind, he’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin,’ heaving kind of guy.”

Within hours, the country crooner, who is engaged to Miranda Lambert, was attacked by a slew of angry Tweeters, along with GLAAD, which wrote, “No, @BlakeShelton – violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now. #LGBT #gay #thevoice @NBCTheVoice.”

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Shelton later apologized on the social networking site for what he called a “misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song.”

“It honestly wasn’t even meant that way,” he wrote. “I now know that their (sic) 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!!!”

Shelton later added, “@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!!”

GLAAD eventually forgave Shelton, posting a statement from the organization’s president on its Web site. “Following outrage from community members and allies, Blake Shelton took the right step in speaking out against anti-gay violence and sending an important message to his fans and viewers of The Voice.”