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'The Voice' Judge Cee Lo Green Addresses 'Homophobic' Tweet Controversy

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 21st 2011 5:30AM
Cee Lo Green'The Voice' judge and Gnarls Barkley frontman Cee Lo Green has released a statement addressing a controversial tweet he sent on Friday. In the statement, he apologizes for questioning the sexuality of a music critic who wrote a negative review of his performance in Minneapolis, Minn.

'City Pages' music editor Andrea Swensson called Cee Lo's opening performance during Rihanna's June 16 'Loud' tour stop "lackluster" and "gross." Cee Lo then expressed his feelings via Twitter, accusing her of being gay, and echoing the refrain of his recent hit song, 'F--- You.'

"I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night!" Cee Lo wrote. "I'm guessing you're gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f--- you!"

Cee Lo then semi-apologized for the tweet, which he quickly deleted, in yet another tweet that he also quickly deleted. "Apologies gay community! what was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he way gay which is fine but its nice to what u think of me," he wrote.

Following his tweets, Cee Lo sent a prepared statement to Us Weekly, claiming his statements were really "all in good fun," and that he wasn't aware of Swensson's gender -- because there are so many male Andreas these days -- when he called her gay.

"At the time I didn't even know what gender the person was," the former Goodie Mob rapper began. "I was being a little outspoken that night, a little outrageous. I always expect people to assume that everything I do is part of my character and sense of humor. I assumed that whoever it was would assume it was all in good fun."

The 'Crazy' singer continued to explain that, not only is he "one of the most liberal artists," he also shares the stage with two "proud and outspokenly gay" cast members on his show 'The Voice,' and therefore can hardly be considered a homophobe (where have we heard this defense before?).

"I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community," Cee Lo continued. "I don't have an opinion on people with different religious, sexual or political preferences. I'm one of the most liberal artists that I think you will ever meet, and I pride myself on that. Two of the remaining members that I have on my team on 'The Voice' are proud and outspokenly gay. We just did a team performance of 'Everyday People,' and I picked that song for us to do specifically to highlight how we can get along even though we're so different."

Swensson responded to Cee Lo's tweet, saying that she is "not inclined to take offense."

Cee Lo is the second cast member of 'The Voice' to run into trouble for making seemingly homophobic comments on Twitter, following country singer Blake Shelton's gaffe in early May.

'The Voice' airs Tuesdays, 10PM ET on NBC.

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Craig Ranapia

As a certain Glee chanteuse might put it: Hell to the no, Cee Lo you didn't just pull out the "I can't be homophobic, I know gay people" routine. The simple fact is that when you wanted to insult someone, the worse insult you could come up with is to question someone's (hetero)sexuality while asserting your "masculinity". Well, darling, Eff-You. And the next time you want to be a queer-baiting douchebag, think about all the manly men who'd find a man singing in a falsetto for a living pretty queer.

June 21 2011 at 6:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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