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.