June 23, 2011 08:00 AM by Shayla Perry
Maybe Twitter should just be reserved for the contestants of The Voice. Yet another coach of the NBC reality show is in hot water for a tweet that some considered offensive and homophobic. This time, it’s Cee Lo Green. What did he say that had his gay team members — Nakia and Vicci Martinez — rushing to his defense?
After a recent performance with Rihanna in Minneapolis, Cee Lo Green of NBC’s The Voice posted a tweet in response to a negative review he received from music editor Andrea Swensson, saying, “I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f*** you!”
Before the exchange could be spun and twisted until it was no longer even about the less than 140 character rant, Green warned his team members, Vicci Martinez and Nakia, of what was to come.
“Right away he messaged us and he was like, ‘I just want you guys to know that this just came out and that’s not how I feel. They are totally messing it up, blowing it up, and I just want to apologize to you guys first,’” Martinez tells SheWired. “He was like, ‘so if you start hearing stuff, just know that I love you and that’s just sometimes what happens in the business.’”
Cee Lo also issued a public apology, telling Us Weekly: “I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community. 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.”
Though some may take issue with Green’s apology and his use of the word, “preference,” Nakia and Vicci Martinez have to be feeling pretty good right now…
Cee Lo Green came short of dropping YOUR names in a public apology. We’d say that’s a clear indicator that you’ve officially reached star-status.
For those of us not mentioned in that statement, what do you think…. Was Cee Lo’s apology enough?
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