Blake Shelton has been in the news since yesterday and it’s not because of The Voice. The country singer was recently named People’s Sexiest Man Alive this year which raised so many eyebrows.
Questions ranged from “Why not [male celebrity’s name]?” to “Did everyone else die?” W Magazine and Buzzfeed even made lists of men who should replace Blake. Some are even blaming his girlfriend Gwen Stefani for convincing him to take the offer.
Woke up and saw Blake Shelton is the sexiest man alive. Did a bunch of celebrities die or something last night?
— S𝖎𝖑𝖊𝖓𝖈𝖊 D𝖔𝖌𝖔𝖔𝖉 (@realBigBalls) November 15, 2017
Gwen Stefani hacking People Magazine to name Blake Shelton the sexiest man alive pic.twitter.com/zWIg9lzCOF
— Sabrina Salem (@MsSabrinaSalem) November 15, 2017
You may also be wondering why people are making a big deal out of this. Is it because Blake doesn’t look as handsome or muscular as previous title-holders like George Clooney and Channing Tatum? It’s possible because of the lookist culture we sadly live in. But based on the arguments presented so far, it seems to go much deeper than looks.
One of the reasons is Blake’s past homophobic and racist tweets which were unearthed last year. Although he apologized and claimed that he has “no tolerance for hate of any form,” people still can’t forgive him. Especially after he endorsed Donald Trump during last year’s US elections.
I don't know anything about @blakeshelton except that he's a homophobic, misogynistic asshole. Wouldn't be surprised if he's racist, too. There are MANY more tweets like this. Can we STOP PUTTING SHITTY MEN ON PEDESTALS? pic.twitter.com/XvSbMRcUN3
— Whitney Way Thore (@WhitneyWay) November 16, 2017
— Lars 🇳🇴❄️❤️✊🏼☠️🌈 (@a_fly_guy) November 15, 2017
And because we live in a world where Trump is US president, some people aren’t surprised that a “mediocre white man” is named sexiest man alive.
Blake Shelton? Sexiest man of 2017?!
Jesus. Donald Trump really DID lower the bar on everything, didn't he?
— ORION🐺 (@FlyJubilee) November 15, 2017
Of course Blake Shelton is People’s Sexiest Man Alive, 2017 is the year that mediocre white men were given titles they don’t deserve.
— Sarah (@thetigersez) November 15, 2017
I don't want to live in a world where Donald Trump is president & Blake Shelton is the sexiest man alive…
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) November 15, 2017
Dear People Magazine,
No woman on earth fantasizes about Blake Shelton.
Also, stop whitewashing sexiest man alive.
— Kim Schwan (@KimSchwan) November 16, 2017
There’s also the case of him allegedly cheating on ex-wife Miranda Lambert with Gwen.
Blake Shelton is this years sexiest man alive and I’m heated because he cheated on Miranda Lambert with Gwen Stefani and DOESNT DESERVE IT
— karla (@hakunamakarla) November 15, 2017
only reason why blake shelton voted sexiest man alive cause everyone else a sex offender
— young sosa (@chulomang) November 15, 2017
Blake Shelton’s the sexiest man alive huh? Were all the other men in Hollywood too busy being prosecuted as sex offenders or?…
— Tehya LeShay (@honey_tfly) November 16, 2017
Jokes aside, it seems that people are starting to look past the face value and searching for something substantial. Maybe this is also a wake-up call for People, as well as other magazines, to not just choose any guy to top a sexiest list. Blake may be on the cover right now but remember: there’s nothing sexy about sharing hateful posts, cheating (allegedly), and supporting a sex-offending leader.
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