Blake Shelton recieves backlash from fans and Ellen DeGeneres for animal cruelty joke
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals
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Country singer Blake Shelton is causing quite a stir on Twitter and with animal supporters, after tweeting a joke about running over a turtle on purpose. Here’s the deal.

On July 27 Shelton tweeted, “Does anyone know if the Eastern Box turtle is protected in Oklahoma? If so I didn’t just swerve to the shoulder of the road to smash one…”

Before the singer knew what hit him, a Twitter war commenced. Shelton received quite a bit of nasty, and even some light hearted, responses.

NPR blogger Barbara J. King reached out to Shelton and tweeted, “That turtle’s life meant something- was your tweet a bad joke? Why would you be so cruel to a living being?” Shelton answered by simply saying, “Shut up…”

Even Ellen DeGeneres had some words, “@BlakeShelton Here’s what’s funny: knock-knock jokes. Here’s what’s not funny: animal cruelty.”

“For god sakes… Now Ellen?!!,” Shelton tweeted today.

He made sure to clear up “Turtle-Gate,” as he cleverly dubbed the fiasco through several tweets.

“The best part of all of this is that the dumb asses didn’t even look to see that I’m not even in Oklahoma today!! I’m in North Dakota!! Do they even have turtles in North Dakota?!!!

Later on today he added, “Can you imagine what this world would be like if people spent this much time worrying about people. I assure you NO turtles heard my joke..”

Not only does this come as a shock to some people, mainly because animal cruelty isn’t a joke, but probably because Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, are known for rescuing abandoned dogs and donating money to animals in need.

He repeatedly is assuring no actual turtle was hurt and that he has a “screwed up” sense of humor, but at the same time thanking his fans for their support and really making no true apology.

Do you think people are overreacting and should cut Shelton some slack?

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Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Alexa L Cook

    way over reacting, I was at his concert in ND :D Blake you are an amazing artist and you and Miranda do amazing work with animals in need so people thinking you would do that is just rediculous

    • Abby Bean

      Would it be okay to kill people- other living animals- if you used their skin for leather? Animals are not on this planet to be used in any way. And, for the record, dogs aren’t the only animals “in need”.

      • Alexa L Cook

        I know dogs are not the only animals in need. I also know I eat meat, I respect those who do not eat meat or animal products and I feel I should get the same respect for my life choices as should anyone.

  • Amanda Katz

    Not overreacting at all. Blake and Miranda have a YouTube video of themselves killing a baby alligator. He talks about how he likes to shoot ducks and watch them fall from the sky. I don’t care if they have rescued a few dogs. They are disgusting people, who Deserve every bit of flack they are getting over this.

    • Alexa L Cook

      they use the meat of that alligator and the ducks

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  • DT

    Lying scum. He’s lying. He killed that turtle. His eyes are so creepy; it’s almost like you can tell he has serious psychopathic tendencies. He’s obviously a douche, too, for responding the way he did. I wish I could beat the living crap out of him.

    And those of you who think people are overreacting: I wonder how you would feel if someone callously ran over your dog, cat or a loved one.

    Newsflash: All living beings are of equal value. You can delusionally think your life or human life in general is more important but as far as the universe is concerned, your life, the point of your existence is no more important than that of a turtle.

  • karen lyons kalmenson

    blake oh blake, you are a total flake:(

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  • JaZt

    Why is it when someone says something in the line of it’s not right to kill animals senselessly, there has to be a label put on them like “animal supporter” or “animal activist” by journalists or those who don’t give a crap about other living things? It just is being human, having empathy for another living creature. It’s that feeling that we as humans get that tell us it’s not right to do that. So those that don’t think it’s right for animals to be hurt are in the majority because it’s a natural human trait to feel that way. Those that think it’s OK are in minority because they lack that trait for whatever reason, maybe they were exposed to something early on, have some mental illness that doesn’t give them that ability to have empathy, whatever. I don’t know. But why does the majority have to have a label put on them? Why can’t the minority have a label, like animal haters or non-supporters of animals or something? Or if they’re going to put a label on the majority just say something like the humane humans of the world, call it what it is. Whether or not he was in Oklahoma doesn’t even matter, it was what he said. It implies that it’s something funny to do, and other people read it and some may be impressionable like maybe young people, maybe young people that watch his show and think it’s OK and funny to do it and go out and do it. Sometimes words are more powerful then people realize especially when you’re a celebrity. Use your words wisely or prepare to get backlash. There are catches to having all that fame and fortune.

  • lachef

    take action along with GLAAD against animal abuser and proud homophobe Blake
    Shelton. He’s celebrated on the Today Show and ‘The Voice’ and yet casually
    advocates violence against gays every chance he gets.

    “For the second
    time in a month, Blake Shelton has made comments derisive and full of hate
    towards gay youth, with his newest remarks advocating homophobia and violence
    against gays.”

    advocacy group GLAAD has called on Shelton to apologize for the initial tweet;
    the organization sent the singer a tweet, saying, “No, @BlakeShelton –
    violent, anti-gay statements are not what a woman wants. Apologize now. #LGBT
    #gay #thevoice @NBCTheVoice”

    When confronted
    regarding the homophobic tweets –Shelton
    chose to call his critics “dumb asses” on Twitter.

    From encouraging
    abuse of gay youth to outright animal cruelty and abuse—this is a very bad man.

  • John Mooter

    Showing no respect for other living beings is not funny, in my opinion. I Am Buddhist. I do not understand this culture.