Why Couldn’t He Just Say ‘Sorry’?
Every time a celebrity makes a mistake these days, there seems to be a massive witch hunt both online and in the media. These hunts often demand more than just a mere apology, bringing the celebrity’s entire moral history into question instead of focusing on the matter at hand. Such is the price of fame.
And yet celebrity scandals are half of Hollywood’s charm. Most recently, country star, The Voice coach, and current beau of Gwen Stefani Blake Shelton is at the center of a controversy about—get this—racist and homophobic tweets that fans dug up from long ago.
We’ve seen this all before, and we’re quite certain we’ll see it again, so why are we so annoyed by how Blake is handling the whole thing?
‘If I’m Honest,’ Blake’s apology sure sounded like ‘Pure BS.’
A Blast From Blake’s Past
Beloved by millions for his rocking country music and his harmless, friendly shtick on The Voice, Blake Shelton is one of the American music world’s biggest stars. In fact, his royalty has been even more solidified since he started dating co-star Gwen Stefani last fall.
Some of the tweets, like the ones seen above, were racist.
“Nothing says ‘Happy 4th of July’ like a airport shuttle bus driver that can’t speak a F***ING word of English!!! To the terminal Omar!!!!!” – 7/4/10
“Wish the d**khead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would atleast [sic] know what he’s planning to bomb!!” – 3/27/11. Sadly, this xenophobic tweet had 1,019 retweets and nearly 800 likes.
Some Tweets Were Sexist
“Quote of the day… ‘Me picking up bitches in a bar is like you hunting deer in a zoo…’ – Kevin Canady” – 10/9/10
“Thanks Augusta!! Flying home to sleep with two young blonde and black haired bitches….” – 3/13/11
“I was 19 years old when my heart first got broken.. I’m over it now but I wonder what that fat ugly b***h is up to….” – 10/10/09