Cee Lo Green calls me gay, asks if his masculinity offends me
Cee Lo Green at Coachella in 2011, a few months before his Twitter outburst at Gimme Noise.
Denis Jeong Plaster
Update from September 2014: Cee Lo Green expressed his controversial opinions on Twitter yet again. This time, the singer wrote: "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" among other tweets before deleting and re-instating his Twitter handle.
Cee Lo Green just called me gay on Twitter.
The pop singer and co-star of NBC's new talent show The Voice on NBC apparently didn't like my review of his performance last night at the Target Center, where he opened for Rihanna. Though I've always enjoyed Green on record, his live show fell flat in the big auditorium and his stage banter was downright lecherous at times. I wasn't necessarily offended by anything Cee Lo said, just mostly kinda creeped out and generally unimpressed with the show.
"Do you realize I'm just foreplay for Rihanna?" Cee Lo Green asked the near-capacity crowd, taking a break from his lackluster set to attempt to rouse the bored audience. "Rihanna's gonna fuck you," he said. "I'm just here to get you wet."Gross, Cee Lo. But thanks for sharing.
A few hours after my review went up, Cee Lo took to his verified Twitter account reply to my review:
Music reviewers, by nature, generally have to have pretty thick skin -- we're writing about something that's completely subjective, which means that there's always going to be at least some percentage of our readership that doesn't agree with what we're saying. I'm not one to be easily irked by a response to something I write, even if the response is coming from the artist themselves.
But this is just plain weird.
Judging by Cee Lo's persona on The Voice, a show that's propelled him into stardom just as much as his joyously profane hit single "Fuck You," it might just be his sense of humor. Hell, I live in the gayest city in America, and we aren't the types to sling around "gay" as an insult, so I'm not inclined to take offense to such a statement as a knee-jerk reaction. But it also wouldn't be the first time that one of the judges on The Voice has been called out for using their Twitter account to spew homophobia.
What do you think? Oh, and also Happy Pride Week, Twin Cities!
UPDATE: Cee Lo has issued an apology. Apparently he wasn't trying to be homophobic, he just assumed I was a man?
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