"Wish the dickhead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English," he tweeted.
Once you say something on the internet, you can never take it back. You may delete it, but it lives on forever in screenshots. Country superstar Blake Shelton -- infamous for his low-brow, blue-collar Twitter humor -- is revealing his most authentic self. A slew of his tweets, circa 2009-2011, resurfaced over the weekend -- ironically, the posts come prior to his work on The Voice and reaching national fame outside the country bubble. Now deleted, as of this writing on Sunday (Aug. 14), the tweets are mostly homophobic, racist, sexist and just downright disgusting. There's certainly a fine line to walk here between making a joke and coming across as culturally insensitive and ignorant.
"Wish the dickhead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he's planning to bomb," Shelton tweeted back in March 2011. Problematic doesn't even begin to describe this attempt at humor. Rather, it is nothing more than a racial slur targeted at a community misrepresented by groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda -- the actions of militant groups do not speak for entire Middle Eastern cultures, but, apparently, Shelton never received that memo.
This is only scratching the surface. He has also revealed his homophobia on more than one occasion. "I think the bartender last night put some of that date rape drug in my drink... OMG! He was like soooo cute too!" he posted in September 2009. Then, later in March 2011, "Standing in line at a coffee shop in LA talking with the man in front of me. He orders a skinny caramel latte. I couldn't tell he was gay!" As if the LGBT community is defined by their favorite caffeinated beverage...also, trivializing rape is the bees knees of comedy. This is reminiscent of a Law & Order: SVU episode titled "Comic Perversion," in which a rape comedian becomes the target of investigation after his rape jokes incite a group of fans to rape a young female college student. As it turns out, the comedian is a rapist himself. There is nothing funny about rape, homophobia, sexism or racism.
But even more troubling is a tweet from July 2010. "Grown men who wear Chuck Taylor's may as well write on their forehead 'Cucumbers turn me on!'" Yes, if you are a grown man and wear Chuck Taylor's, you may want to get that tested.
Check out a gallery of a few of Blake Shelton's egregious attempts at comedy below:
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