Blake Shelton has a message for the haters: If you're going to criticize him or his "The Voice" team, you'd better do it to his face.
After Houston Chronicle music critic Joey Guerra gave his opinion on the ousting of Shelton's "Voice" mentee Holly Tucker ("Holly Tucker is gone. It took much too long. But finally. Back to Baylor University in Waco for you, madam," he wrote), Shelton went on a Twitter tirade aimed directly at the pop culture writer.
The angry country singer tweeted, "How about you @joeyguerra grow some balls and come tell me to my face how terrible some of these kids are face to face..? You won't. Ever." He then proceeded to call Guerra a "chicken s- -t" (twice!) and added, "I can't stand a person that makes a point to write hurtful things about kids just trying their best….How much do y'all wanna bet he'd NEVER criticize my team OR me like that face to face."
Later, Shelton apologized -- but not directly to Guerra. He wrote, "I'm sorry for going off y'all... But I am passionate about encouraging young people to follow their dreams. We GOOD people don't need hate."
It's not the first time someone in the Shelton household has used Twitter to slam someone.
Last year, Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, expressed her displeasure over rapper Chris Brown's two performances at the Grammy Awards. The county star tweeted, "Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl." Then she added: "Not cool that we act like that didn't happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and Lead and be put back in his place." (Offline, she later held up a sign that said "Take notes Chris Brown" before performing "Gunpowder and Lead" at a concert.)
Earlier this year, Justin Bieber issued a series of tweets aimed at critics of his delayed London concert (he was reportedly two hours late for the gig), declaring, "I'm only judged by one power, and I serve him."
The Biebs could have stopped there, but he didn't. He went on. And on. And on.
"Rumors rumors and more rumors," he tweeted. "Nothing more nothing less. Might talk about them one day. (Right) now I'm just gonna be positive. Can't bring me down…I'm focused on the good things in life…I'm blessed and not forgetting it. I'm giving back every day for it. Can't faze me….Fake stories to sell papers I guess are part of the job …Make up stories about fake fines and make no mention of the positive … or say when I came out of my show with my shirt off because after performing for 2 hours I might be sweaty I was going into a club (really…Or any girl I stand next to is my girl or that I don't care, or that I don't feel, or that a 19 year old going to a club in Europe is wild…" (There was more, but you get the gist.)
And then there was Oprah. The OWN head honcho had zero tolerance for an inquiring Twitter follower who dared to ask the question: "@oprah when are u going 2 give back 2 the ghettos in america?"
Winfrey replied, "when are u? I've put 500 African American men thru college. And u sir?"
Now that's a way to silence a twit!
What do you think? Should celebs use Twitter to publicly respond to critics?
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- Joey Guerra