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Is 'Sexiest Man Alive' Blake Shelton Actually a Homophobe?


Let's parse some of his problematic tweets.

Many are disappointed that Blake Shelton has been named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" -- and not because a Hemsworth wasn't chosen. The Voice judge and fiance of Gwen Stefani previously espoused some concerning opinions on Twitter.

Numerous tweets have resurfaced where Shelton made remarks that belittled gay men. From associating a coffee order with femininity to asking his gay followers, "Are skittles y'all's favorite candy?", the tweets seem to mock gay people and objectify women as well. In 2009, Shelton wrote, "If you haven't noticed Richard Simmons is gay, you have noticed Katy Perrys boobs" and "I'm not gay but I think ellen is hot!"

Shelton has also joked about committing hate crimes against gay men, writing in 2011, "Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy..." Several of his tweets were xenophobic and had racist undertones as well.

Although the problematic tweets, which range from 2009 to 2011, are dated, Shelton released an apology in 2016.

The apology, however, does not admit any fault for making the homophobic remarks and instead suggests they were funny. The singer is sorry people are offended, but not for the tweets. Is he still sexy, People?

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