Blake Shelton Gets Negative Social Media Backlash After Being Named ‘People’s’ Sexiest Man Alive
BLAKE SHELTON NAMED ‘SEXIEST MAN ALIVE,’ INTERNET ANGRY
It was not the man’s sexiness that caused the upset but rather his politics and not-politically-correct attitudes. “2017 is supposed to be the year of tossing out trash men, yet Blake Shelton can tweet all the racist jokes his heart desires and still be People‘s Sexiest Man Alive,” said one Twitter user. “HOW TO KNOW YOU’RE LIVING IN THE UPSIDE DOWN: 1. Donald Trump is president 2. Blake Shelton is named sexiest man alive 3. Mass shootings happen everyday and no one does anything,” said another.
Shelton received backlash over offensive tweets he’d posted over the years, which he apologized for in 2016. “Standing in line at a coffee shop in LA talking with the man in front of me. He orders a skinny caramel latte. I couldn’t tell he was gay!!!” is one example of a multitude of homophobic and offensive tweets by the singer. And “Wish the dickhead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he’s planning to bomb!!” is one of his many insensitive tweets.
You know what I find sexy in a man? “Being kind of shitty” and “being not very smart.” pic.twitter.com/pyILzW0E18
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) November 15, 2017
“Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for everyone to see. That said, anyone who knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form,” Shelton said in a statement at the time. “Can my humor be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anyone who may be offended.”
But while an apology may have been good enough to People, it didn’t cut it for a lot of social media wags. “If Blake Shelton can win ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ we can beat the Globetrotters,” joked fun basketball team the Washington Generals. “On a scale of 1 to Blake Shelton’s publicist how good are you at your job?” said another user.
Shelton, on the other hand, is thrilled to be given the honor. He shared that the first thing that crossed his mind when he heard he won was, “Y’all must be running out of people.” But more importantly, the singer wants to stick it to his The Voice co-judge and nemesis Adam Levine. “I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s a–. As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.”
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) November 15, 2017