Country star Blake Shelton attributes past homophobic tweets to ‘comedy’

Country star Blake Shelton has apologised after he sent a number of racist and homophobic tweets, saying it was meant as “comedy”.

The tweets were sent between 2009 and 2011, which recently came back to haunt him.

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In one he suggests that a man in front of him in a coffee shop must be gay because he ordered “a skinny caramel latte”.

“Any man that tries touching my behind, he’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin,’ heaving kind of guy,” he wrote in another tweet.

In another, he says: “[I wish] the d**khead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would at least know what he’s planning to bomb!!”

The singer who is also dating Gwen Stefani, said in a statement that he never intended to offend with the tweets, but that they were meant as “comedy”.

“Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see,” he writes. “That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form.

“Can my humor at times be inappropriate? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anyone who may have been offended.”

The apology came after many took to social media to attack him, some using the hashtag #BlakeSheltonIsOverParty.

Shelton earlier this year clapped back after finding out the Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest his concert.