People magazine slammed for naming anti-gay country star Blake Shelton ‘sexiest man’
People magazine has been criticised for naming Trump-supporting country star Blake Shelton its ‘sexiest man alive’ after he sent racist and homophobic tweets.
Shelton previously apologised after he sent a number of racist and homophobic tweets, saying it was meant as “comedy”.
The tweets were sent between 2009 and 2011, but came back to haunt him in 2016.
In one he suggests that a man in front of him in a coffee shop must be gay because he ordered “a skinny caramel latte”.
“Any man that tries touching my behind, he’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin,’ heaving kind of guy,” he wrote in another tweet, referring to Shania Twain lyrics.
In another, he says: “[I wish] the d**khead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he’s planning to bomb!!”
Now People magazine has named the President Trump-supporting singer for its Sexiest Man Alive, and people aren’t happy.
One Twitter user said: “More on Blake Shelton – a racist, homophobic, sexist man who supported Trump.”
Another added: “Just in case you guys didn’t know, not only did Blake Shelton tweet racist & homophobic things he also made jokes about having “sick fantasies” about Dakota Fanning when she was 16.”
In an interview accompanying the accolade, Shelton referred to rubbing it in fellow ‘Voice’ coach Adam Levine’s face, saying he was shocked: “… y’all must be running out of people.”
“I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass,” he said.
“As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.”
He added: “When [people] would say to Adam, ‘Mr. Sexy,’ you’d always see him go, ‘Well, awwww…’ If you say that to me, it’s going to be, ‘You’re damn right, I’m Mr. Sexy! I’ve been ugly my whole life, if I can be sexy for a year, I’m taking it.”
Going on, Shelton labelled himself “fat.”
“I think to describe myself as a child, one word comes to mind. And that’s fat,” he said.
“People say I haven’t changed since before I made it. And I’m still fat today. That’s proof!”
The singer who was also dating Gwen Stefani said in a statement that he never intended to offend with the tweets, but that they were meant as “comedy”.
“Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see,” he writes. “That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form.
“Can my humour at times be inappropriate? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anyone who may have been offended.”
The apology came after many took to social media to attack him, some using the hashtag #BlakeSheltonIsOverParty.
Shelton earlier the same year year clapped back after finding out the Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest his concert.