The longtime country singer addresses the massive controversy surrounding his old tweets that have been called "homophobic" and "racist".
In a brand new statement released on social media, Blake Shelton opens up about the years-old tweets that seem to have gotten him into hot water with not only his fans, but many media outlets as well.
While the tweets in question have been deleted from Twitter, many of their context has allegedly been voiced in a "racist" or "homophobic" way, and people have run with it saying he's been "spewing hatred", but Shelton has finally had enough and is setting the record straight.
"Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it's always been out there for anyone to see," his statement begins. "That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form..."
Shelton has always been a huge funny guy and regularly pokes fun on the set of The Voice - especially with fellow coach Adam Levine. Since his career has skyrocketed to the top, nobody has ever heard or seen anything that would make them believe he's homophobic or misogynistic - and, in fact, he's openly spoken his support of everyone being treated with equality.
This whole Twitter controversy blew up when someone dredged up a few tweets from as far back as 2009 where Shelton allegedly shot off a few poorly-worded jokes.
"Can my humor at times be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never." His statement continues. "That said I deeply apologize to anybody who may have been offended."
Even while he never directly acknowledged if the now-deleted tweets were accurate, he does admit that some people may have found them offensive, but reiterated that he does not stand or tolerate any hate whatsoever.
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