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Blake Shelton makes Twitter peace with gay group

By Alan Duke, CNN
  • GLAAD calls Blake Shelton Twitter posting homophobic
  • Shelton apologizes Thursday for his Wednesday tweet
  • "Anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!!," Shelton's apology says
  • The country artist is a coach on NBC's "The Voice"

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Country star Blake Shelton apologized Thursday for a Twitter posting that a gay rights group said were homophobic and joked about violence against gays.

"I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!!" Shelton said in a tweet posted Thursday.

The controversy began Wednesday when Shelton, who is one of the coaches on NBC's "The Voice," posted this message:

"Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy..."

That posting drew a Twitter response Thursday morning from GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation:

"No, @BlakeShelton - violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now."

GLAAD also used it's online blog attack the message:

"For him to make a joke to his 300-thousand-plus followers about leaving a gay man 'beaten, bleeding and heaving' is completely unacceptable," GLAAD said.

It took little time for Shelton to send an apology through a series of tweets Thursday morning:

"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 their 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!!!"

His final message was addressed directly to GLAAD:

"@glaad hey I want my fans and @nbcthevoice fans to know that anti-gay and lesbian violence is unacceptable!!!!! Help me!!!! And DM me..."

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios was quick to accept Shelton's apology.

"Following outrage from community members and allies, Blake Shelton took the right step in speaking out against anti-gay violence and sending an important message to his fans and viewers of The Voice," Barrios said.

GLAAD also called Shelton's new show "one of the most inclusive reality shows on television" which will "feature a young gay man as a contestant who will be mentored by Shelton on the show."

CNN's Brittany Kaplan contributed to this report.

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