Blake Shelton just issued an apology on Facebook. Though he didn’t reference them specifically, the country megastar presumably issued the response after Twitter users called him out for past tweets.
This weekend, a crop of old Blake Shelton tweets resurfaced. Many of them featured jokes a lot of users called homophobic. Other tweets came across as racist or misogynistic, according to users.
Shelton stayed mum on the tweets until today, when he posted a picture to Facebook with a message. “Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see,” says the 40-year-old celebrity.
“That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form,” the note continues. “Can my humor at times be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anybody who may have been offended.”
Many of the tweets came from 2009 through 2012. In 2011, Shelton’s star rose significantly after signing on to judge the hit NBC show, The Voice.
However, his tweets stayed visible long enough for user @MusicFactsTea to screen shot them and tweet them out. Tweets included lines like, “Flying home to sleep with two young blonde and black haired bitches.” Other tweets repeatedly referenced gay fans, like, “Grown men who wear Chuck Taylor’s [sic] may as well write on their fore head [sic] ‘Cucumbers turn me on!!!”
The issue concerned many of his fans. Some defended him, saying Shelton hasn’t tweeted anything like that in years. Others said they wouldn’t be a fan anymore. Speaking out against hateful words helps, but was Shelton’s apology sincere?