Blake Shelton apologises for tweets, denies being hateful


Country star Blake Shelton has apologised on Twitter for offending people with his language, but denied being hateful after several old tweets referencing gays and non-English speakers surfaced online.

Screenshots of years-old tweets posted on his Twitter account, which he controls, prompted criticism online that The Voice judge was sexist to women and stereotyped gay people and non-English speakers.

Blake Shelton
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He posted a message on Wednesday saying he has no tolerance for hate of any kind, but said that his humour could be at times "inappropriate and immature".

He wrote:

A representative for him did not immediately return an email seeking clarification and a Twitter spokesperson said they don't comment about individual accounts, AP reports.

Gay rights organization GLAAD asked him in 2011 to apologise for a tweet they called a joke about anti-gay violence.