Country singer Blake Shelton, a judge on the new NBC singing competition “The Voice,” has apologized for a controversial tweet that became the focus of criticism from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), reports TVGuide.com.
As previously reported, Shelton allegedly used Twitter to rewrite a a line from the Shania Twain song "Any Man of Mine," tweeting "Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…"
Following GLAAD’s call for an apology, Shelton wrote in a series of tweets, "Hey y’all allow me to seriously apologize for the misunderstanding with the whole re-write on the Shania song last night. It honestly wasn’t even meant that way… I now know that [there] 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!!!"
GLAAD said in a statement that Shelton "took the right step in speaking out against anti-gay violence," the piece notes.