The irreverent, good-ol’-boy joking of country star Blake Shelton has landed the Ada, Okla., native on the hot seat, especially lately. The straight-shooting singer, who appeared at a fund-raiser for Dallas Summer Musicals over the weekend, has become the target of PETA and LGBT groups alike for his controversial tweets. The animal-rights outfit didn’t like Blake’s messages about bow-hunting, it seems. The gay groups have objected to a number of his comments.
After C&W singer Chely Wright came out of the closet, for example, Shelton said he was officially coming out as a lesbian, too. (He thinks she’s hot; get it?). He made a quip on TV about Jake Gyllenhaal’s role in Brokeback Mountain, and his most recent tweets parodying a Shania Twain song led to a major brouhaha last week that attracted the attention of the Huffington Post.
“Man, anything I say these days, they’ll pounce on me,” Shelton (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean) said with a laugh in Dallas Saturday, before an aide cut off any further comments. The hit-making singer’s an especially hot property these days because he’s a regular on NBC’s The Voice show. He’s also set to marry country queen Miranda Lambert in a hush-hush ceremony somewhere in Texas on May 14.