Blake Shelton Turtle Road Kill Joke Angers NPR Reporter

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Anyone who follows The Voice coach, Blake Shelton, on twitter knows he tweets like an asshole. He also gets into twitter battles with people who challenge him, often using very colorful language.

At this point, I mostly ignore his ramblings the also include jokes about being drunk. Which is why when he tweeted a few days ago about swerving on purpose to hit a turtle, I didn’t even give it a second thought. But a science reporter at NPR noticed and quickly chastised Blake who told her to “shut up” in reply. Obviously, he had no idea who she was, and that she could take him to task in front of thousands of people.

You can read the exchange between Blake and the reporter, Barbara King, at Buzz Feed. The exchange prompted some sarcastic comments in defense of Blake’s tweet–some making light of animal cruelty.

Read the NPR blogger’s response HERE. She cites a NASA scientist who recently found out that 6 percent of drivers do intentionally swerve to hit animals and feels that singing and TV stars shouldn’t be encouraging the behavior.

I think Blake’s behavior on twitter is so exaggerated–it’s pretty much asshole shtick. The OP at Buzz Feed said, seriously, “Shelton’s fans continue to threaten turtles in defense of the initial tweet. I echo King in hoping that these fans aren’t serious.”  Erm, a joke tweet from Blake Shelton isn’t going to set a fan down the road of animal cruelty if they weren’t already so inclined.

However, I will take Blake to task for telling King to shut up. His behavior was not only uncivil,  but ended up biting him in the ass.

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  • Anonymous

    I guess he thinks it is funny to get people all riled up.  I think he is a boor and I don’t like him.  I unfollowed him months ago when he made a disgusting comment about someone kicking a dog.  I guess there will be plenty of apologists for him who will pooh pooh taking it seriously and if they see it that way that’s their business, but I find this schtick tiresome.

  • blackberryharvest

    Blake used to be my favorite judge on The Voice. He seemed like a nice and classy guy with a good sense of humor. However, ever since I started following him on twitter, I haven’t really liked him as much. His drunk tweets were funny the first few times, but now I just roll my eyes at them. I also don’t like the way he treats people on twitter, even if they ARE dumb sometimes. Most of his responses are flat out rude and immature. This makes me glad that his behavior on twitter ended up biting him in the ass, like you mentioned.

    Used to be a fan, not as much anymore…he still has some growing up to do(even if he is in his mid-thirties). I also don’t like how he has been shoving that off key mess Raelynn on everyone, I remember when he said she was the talk of everybody in Nashville during the ACM awards, LOL.

  • shamrock

    Blake was my favourtie coach in season 1 of The Voice, too. I found him the only one to be interested in the future of his contestants and not just in himself. During season 2, I failed to connect with anyone, and stopped watching early on, and found my fix (including enourmous talent and a panel of judges with great chemistry) in the Voice of Austrialia.

    I don’t do twitter, so I just read about peoples’ hooplas here or elsewhere on the net. And I have to say, these tweets of his, really rub me the wrong way:

    I agree, MJ, someone who is not inclined to kill animals for fun in the first place, will not start doing it after these tweets, but someone who IS inclined but was held back by a social pressure knowing it is wrong, might feel encouraged. :(

    And his response when asked if he was joking: Big UUGGHH!!

    ETA:
    I much prefer reading tweets/stories about alumns saving stray dogs (was it Carrie Underwood?) or similar…

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know he was a twit-jerk. He seemed ok on The Voice. Whadaya know.

  • vdawg

    Miranda Lambert Shelton takes in stray animals all the time so I think  this was Blake being Blake.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I like Blake, but it sounds like he’s created a sort of childish persona on his twitter. The most interesting (and upsetting) part of this incident is this:

    She cites a NASA scientist who recently found out that 6 percent of
    drivers do intentionally swerve to hit animals and feels that singing
    and TV stars shouldn’t be encouraging the behavior.

    Seriously?? There are drivers who intentionally run over/hit animals with their cars? It’s a relatively small percentage, but still … WTF is WRONG with these people??

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Not sure why Blake thought that comment was funny or cute in the first place. Oh yeah! because he’s not witty or clever…that’s why. And how utterly shocking that he never heard of this NPR Science reporter! ;) #sarcasm

    PS: I love turtles.

  • shamrock

    Great of her. :) Right now, I just wish she would put her husband into the doghouse. ;)

  • Niko Batallones

    I don’t mean to sound like an ass, but I have to ask: what’s a NASA scientist doing research on matters not related to outer space?

    I know I am sounding like an idiot for not knowing.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously?? There are drivers who intentionally run over/hit animals
    with their cars? It’s a relatively small percentage, but still … WTF
    is WRONG with these people??

    Several years back I was helping a friend move. There was a kitten walking along side the road, and she started calling it over.  A trans am came tearing out of the neighborhood, crossed into the oncoming lane just to hit it. Needless to say she and the others who saw what happened where pretty shaken.

    Some people are just asses.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll save the peta talk for everyone else….. 

    I just wonder if he’ll cover “happy together” now. 

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t know he was a twit-jerk. He seemed ok on The Voice. Whadaya know.

    In a way, I think that it was his reputation on twitter, especially his fight with PETA, that lead to more people noticing him, and his position as a mentor on The Voice.  

    Twitter Blake Shelton is an over the top shtick, which most people can tell, but sometimes he does go to far, even when he’s initially in the right.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Good one!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I don’t mean to sound like an ass, but I have to ask: what’s a NASA scientist doing research on matters not related to outer space?

    Having fun in his free time. 

    NASA dude is Mark Rober, and he likes to do funky experiments when he’s not at work. Here’s coverage of the study cited in the twit-spat: MSN.

  • stargazed

    It’s hard to believe that anyone would support cruelty to animals.  I read the twitter exchange at buzz feed and am appalled.  He is such a loser and if he comes back and says he was joking, he’s still a loser IMO.

  • Idolnot

    Blake has been long known as being obnoxious when he is drunk which from what I understand occurs a lot

  • windmills

    Blake isn’t really a bad guy and like MJ I didn’t blink when I saw his tweet the other night because that’s just Blake being Blake. I stopped following him because I find him funny maybe 10% of the time and I figure I can just check his twitter without following him if I want to see what’s going on.

    IMO he becomes a defensive ass who just won’t listen when he’s called out about some of his antics and I don’t like the way he encourages his fans to be asses too. He seems to think it’s OK for him to act stupid and not OK to call him out for it but if he thinks somebody’s being stupid then he’s doing a public service calling them out. Consistency ain’t his strong suit.

    I guess that means I’m #TeamTurtle.

  • Chrissie H

    I hardly knew the guy and after this information I´ve heard enough to dislike him forever. I don ´t find vocal assholes cool or funny in the first place, but to hear him “on purpose to hit a turtle” and make “a disgusting comment about someone kicking a dog “ is below low. I don ´t care whether Blake said it to polish his badass image or thought he was funny or bc he was drunk .He did say it and potential animal abusers might take his words as a “go for it”. Thank god for animal lovers like Carrie

  • Anonymous

    People that think being funny means being rude are lame to me. Sorry Blake.

  • Kirsten

     

    I agree, MJ, someone who is not inclined to kill animals for fun in the
    first place, will not start doing it after these tweets, but someone who
    IS inclined but was held back by a social pressure knowing it is wrong,
    might feel encouraged. :(

    Yep. That is the problem. From keeping it a deep, dark secret to feeling justified doing it.

    And then there is the mob mentality. Last year, there was a post-sports-game riot in my city. Lots of normally law abiding people throwing stuff at police, torching cars and looting. For some, it doesn’t take a lot to slip the bounds of society’s norms. One guy tried to stop the looting and was viciously beaten…by people who had never done something like that before.

    Blake is an a$$. The fact that he is always an a$$ on twitter does little to mitigate that.

  • Anonymous

    Not sure why Blake would think that is funny he and Miranda seem to love animals.  His tweets are often grade school level and cross someones line most of the time. 

  • Anonymous

    ” a joke tweet from Blake Shelton isn’t going to set a fan down the road of animal cruelty if they weren’t already so inclined”

    Granted, but he will have some followers who are inclined to really do something like that, and will be big enough a$$hat idiots to be encouraged by the tweet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Give me a diva over this kind of ass clown any day. Stupid on this level is unfixable.  A smiling face and a good ole boy demeanor makes for good cover, a good image, but the real person behind the mask will always come to the surface. Juvenile, childish, boorish overgrown frat boy behavior like this seems harmless on the surface. What happens when some yahoo takes his ‘humor’  literally, or begins to use a  car to gun for larger targets, say even humans on a lark?  It’s on the extreme end, sure, but put nothing past a likkered up good ole boy.

  • Anonymous

    Blake is just an asshole.  I knew I really didn’t like him when he said something to EW to about how The Voice contestants should listen to the judges because they were all nominated for Grammy awards.  They were all nominated because they had the exposure of The Voice.  I also knew he was a winner when I heard he cheated on his wife with Miranda Lambert.  He has antisocial tendencies.

    Rant over.

  • Anonymous

    “Boys may throw stones at frogs in sport, but the frogs still die in earnest.”
    –Bion, 100BCE

    IOW, there have always been assholes amongst us.

    BTW, one doesn’t have to be a member of PETA (whom I happen to despise) to think that making light of cruelty to animals is disgusting.

  • Anonymous

    I never knew who Blake Shelton was until the Voice. I thought he was an  amusing guy, so I started following him on twitter. It didn’t take me long to figure out he was an obnoxious ass.

  • http://twitter.com/jerryt9789 Jerry

    Kill a human save a turtle.Thats right swerve and miss the turtle and crash your car into another car or into a ditch at 60 mph.Turtles are crossing highways everyday by the hundreds. what we should do is ban cars remove the highways and start walking again. Damn you Blake! now NASA will have to invent a way for us to grow wings. That reminds me of something, airplanes kill birds by the hundreds every year,now see what you started Blake,now we have to raise hell with pilots.Oh yeah! don’t forget the truck drivers that kill hundreds of deer every year by smashing into them as the cross the highways. Yup,Blake,now you’re a goner. Maybe just maybe, if the attention seeking reporter was truly concerned, she would be out there with the bored NASA scientist trying to find a solution instead of trying to bring down another human that was put into the situation by society

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    I wonder if the “NASA dude” ever reported how many animals are killed during scientific studies.  All kinds of animals, even cats and dogs and monkeys and ferrets etc. etc. Many more than killed on the road.

    Also, why anybody would ever follow person that they don’t like on Twitter?  Just to catch them say something that they can criticize? 

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re missing the point.  We’re talking about those who go out of their way to kill an animal that is not in their way.  There is no mention of any other people involved. 

  • Anonymous

     No one has at anytime suggested this at all.  This is entirely about those who, for no reason at all, purposefully target animals with their vehicles just for the hell of it.  I sincerely do not see how that can be defended in the least.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the “joke” was about him going out of his way to purposefully hit the turtle?

    Anyone who has read Blake’s tweets knows that a lot of his “jokes” and pictures are about killing animals.  He goes overboard in describing and showing what he’s done to them, because he knows that it makes some people upset.  He’s usually just hunting, or protecting his property, but that’s not the way that he frames it in tweets, because he wants to rile people, mainly PETA, up.  

    As he tweeted yesterday, he wasn’t even in town, when he tweeted that he hit the turtle on purpose, so once again, his joke was just another exaggeration and lie that he was using to get people upset.  

  • http://twitter.com/jerryt9789 Jerry

     Blake was joking,the man is a big teddy bear, the reporter turned it into a murder scene

  • tinawina

    I think Blake was just joking. It was a stupid joke but just a joke. And I think the NPR person came off as sincere but a bit humorless, the kind of person that begs to be made fun of by sarcastic types.

    His response to her was pure asshole though. That’s what made things get out of control, and started a full on twitter pile on the “lame liberal”. It’s now cool to be as hostile and nasty as possible to the “other side”, no matter which side that is for you. I think that’s what he tapped into here.

    I’m not concerned anyone is actually going to hit a turtle however. :) I think they are just messing with her for the most part.

  • http://twitter.com/jerryt9789 Jerry

     I thought all jokes are mainly exaggerated lies

  • Anonymous

    I think you missed the point. Obviously there are going to be times where hitting an animal that is in the road is simply unavoidable. 

    But deliberately going out of one’s way to target animals? That’s sick, in my opinion.

    Blake Shelton may be a good judge on The Voice, but he really does seem to be a bit of an ass deep down. Immature, at the very least.

  • Anonymous

     

    I thought all jokes are mainly exaggerated lies

    You didn’t seem to understand that it was just a joke.  I didn’t understand why you would equate his obvious joke with the real situation of someone having to pick between hitting an animal and hitting a human.  

  • Kirsten

    I wonder if the “NASA dude” ever reported how many animals are killed
    during scientific studies.  All kinds of animals, even cats and dogs and
    monkeys and ferrets etc. etc.

    Perhaps he has. But, in my book, there is a world of difference between scientists regretfully experimenting on animals in an attempt to better the world and idiots who get their jollies purposely running over animals and leaving them dying on the side of the road.

    The study is interesting and sad all on its own regardless of one’s stance on Blake.

    Besides, I don’t understand why anybody would be upset with people criticizing Blake for his post. From all accounts, Blake has adopted a twitter jerk persona and his post was just to rile people up. Mission accomplished!

    If you purposely act like a jerk, don’t be surprised when you get called one.

  • Anonymous

    I also follow Blake on twitter, saw the tweet, immediately took it as a joke, albeit a not particularly funny one.

    I was shocked to see him defending himself from people who took it wrong. That’s what I really found funny, the uproar it caused. 

    It is being referred to as “Turtlegate”

  • http://twitter.com/jerryt9789 Jerry

    I was being sarcastic in my original comment because this topic is a joke, just because people defend Blake by saying they are going to kill turtles doesn’t mean that they actually are going to do it, IMO they just wanted to get under the reporters skin and then everyone wants to turn it into a mass animal murder situation.I agree that Blake handled it very poorly, trying to funny in an argument never works out too well . The reporter got what she wanted
     

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    This guy is a red neck through and through.   He also seems to thinks his slant on life is correct and he has lots of followers who think the same.   Mores the pity.  IMO anyone who spends so much time drinking, and/or talking about it might have a problem.  

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    I don’t follow Blake, so I care less what his opinions are.  I am just amused at people who think that he is a jerk and still follow him or care what he says on Twitter.  

  • Kirsten

     

    I am just amused at people who think that he is a jerk and still follow him or care what he says on Twitter. 

    I don’t even do twitter, but Twitter does not occur in a vacuum.

    I’m CONSTANTLY amazed that people like Blake Shelton wouldn’t realize by 2012 that he is not just tweeting to his acolytes. Even if he could magically prevent people who don’t like him from following him, he could still tweet out something that some of his own ardent fans don’t like and retweeting exists (“Ha!Ha! I’m going to retweet this to my friend who loves turtles. It will make him SO mad. LOL! I’m just as jerky as my hero. Yay!”).

    Don’t say anything on twitter that you don’t want the world to read because they just might.

    If you want the freedom to be a jerk and post questionable humour, put on your big boy pants and accept it when that humour gets questioned.

    Sure, most of his fans see it as “Just good ol’ Blake being funny”, but I wonder if there is any line that Blake could cross that might bother them.  Well, in this case, he crossed that line for some people who do not consider animal cruelty funny.

  • steph6449

    ITA. If your shtick is to be brash and often tasteless / controversial on twitter, then take what comes with the territory — feedback that will not always agree with you, or think that your every utterance is actually funny.

    And eesh, if you are trying to cultivate a clever twitter image, and you do choose to reply to a critic, surely there is some more literate answer than “shut up.” 

  • http://twitter.com/jlmontana9 Jim

    Use to think Blake was funny, then he over did the drunk jokes, etc. to the point of vulgarity. Then he played the coward and allowed the audience from the previous show to vote Jodis Unga off instead of making the decision himself. This despite her huge popularity on iTunes with “Alone”. For me, he’s wasted his celebrity and destroyed the show’s credibility.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Blake always came across to me as a real d-bag. Very full of himself.

  • Anonymous

    I simply think the man is a alcoholic who should stay off of twitter. He don’t do himself any favors and comes off looking like a total asshole, who lash out at people who don’t agree with him. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I stopped following him because he was a little boring weeks ago, but I guess I’ll have to follow again

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Chris Brown destroyed the face of his girlfriend, destroyed a bar last month, and still on the charts. I don’t know if people who buy Shelton’s music give a crap about a joke with turtles. I didn’t like when my dogs took my old turtle and played with it like it was a ball. But the turtle seems to be usually difficult to harm. I don’t like sadistic stuff myself, but it irritates some liberals and sometimes it gets funny. I hope he was just joking. Anyway, I’ll follow him again. When he was on the Voice he was almost making death threats because of RaeLynn and it was hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    Drunk or sober, that ain’t funny, Blake.  Not funny at all.  I’m disappointed.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    In this country humans are valued much less than animals. It is much easier to love some abstract turtle than actual pesky humans.

  • Guest

    if I had a choice between Shelton the human and Turtle the turtle, I’d choose the turtle…

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    No surprise there.

  • http://twitter.com/jerryt9789 Jerry

    Look, Ma, I’m roadkill! xD

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    nvm

  • breakdown

    Blake just being Blake? Sounds more like an excuse for bad behavior.

  • Anonymous

    I’m CONSTANTLY amazed that people like Blake Shelton wouldn’t realize by 2012 that he is not just tweeting to his acolytes. Even if he could magically prevent people who don’t like him from following him, he could still tweet out something that some of his own ardent fans don’t like and retweeting exists (“Ha!Ha! I’m going to retweet this to my friend who loves turtles. It will make him SO mad. LOL! I’m just as jerky as my hero. Yay!”).

    I think it’s a little weird for him, because like I said earlier, he really started to get a lot of attention when he started using twitter, and became known as someone who will tweet anything no matter how over the top it is.  I don’t think that he would have been on NBC’s radar for a position on The Voice, if it wasn’t for the following that he built up on twitter.  

    But, some of his tweets over the past year or so do make it seem like he would like to turn back the clock, and not have to be “On” on twitter all of the time.  Some of his tweets have been overly sensitive, and he’s started to re-tweet a lot of people who are just telling him that he is a good guy.  That’s not something that he used to do.  

  • Guest

    Why is that not a surprise? What did the turtle do to Shelton that he needs to run it over “for Kicks”.

     That’s why more people are empathic towards animals… Humans should know better, but some are missing the empathy trait. They are no better than bullies.

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    It is my understanding that Blake did NOT run over anything and still there is so much hatred for him from the holier than thou crowd.  It is amusing and yes, not surprising.

  • Anonymous

    Blake is a drunk who get’s on twitter and then get’s pissed when people disagree with his drunken rants. I don’t hate the guy, I think he’s kind of pathetic. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Some months ago everyone was talking here how nice and heartful he was, always helping his contestants, bringing Dia to tour with him, finding a job as backing vocal for Gwen Sebastian, helping RaeLynn to get a deal, et cetera. He’s known for being one of the most nice and generous guys in the country industry. But he has a serious drinking problem and likes to use the twitter while drinking…so, there you go.

  • Anonymous

    The problem I have with Blake, and to some extent his wife Miranda, is that they like to keep up this certain persona or image if you will. Blake is fond of his I’m-so-drunk-I-will-tweet-whatever-I-want image, while Miranda keeps up the tough booze-drinking, gun-toting chick persona. It’s cute for a while, but after the nth tweet/statement, it gets to be old. And I say this as a fan of Miranda’s music.