Cee Lo Green calls me gay, asks if his masculinity offends me

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Denis Jeong Plaster
Cee Lo Green at Coachella in 2011, a few months before his Twitter outburst at Gimme Noise.
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Update from September 2014: Cee Lo Green expressed his controversial opinions on Twitter yet again. This time, the singer wrote: "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" among other tweets before deleting and re-instating his Twitter handle.

Cee Lo Green just called me gay on Twitter.

See also: Cee Lo Green deletes homophobic tweets, says he's quitting Twitter, then deletes tweet about quitting Twitter

The pop singer and co-star of NBC's new talent show The Voice on NBC apparently didn't like my review of his performance last night at the Target Center, where he opened for Rihanna. Though I've always enjoyed Green on record, his live show fell flat in the big auditorium and his stage banter was downright lecherous at times. I wasn't necessarily offended by anything Cee Lo said, just mostly kinda creeped out and generally unimpressed with the show.

"Do you realize I'm just foreplay for Rihanna?" Cee Lo Green asked the near-capacity crowd, taking a break from his lackluster set to attempt to rouse the bored audience. "Rihanna's gonna fuck you," he said. "I'm just here to get you wet."

Gross, Cee Lo. But thanks for sharing.
A few hours after my review went up, Cee Lo took to his verified Twitter account reply to my review:

@gimme_noise I respect your criticism but be fair! People enjoyed last night!I'm guessing ur gay?and my masculinity offended u?well f---k U!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply


Music reviewers, by nature, generally have to have pretty thick skin -- we're writing about something that's completely subjective, which means that there's always going to be at least some percentage of our readership that doesn't agree with what we're saying. I'm not one to be easily irked by a response to something I write, even if the response is coming from the artist themselves.

But this is just plain weird.

Judging by Cee Lo's persona on The Voice, a show that's propelled him into stardom just as much as his joyously profane hit single "Fuck You," it might just be his sense of humor. Hell, I live in the gayest city in America, and we aren't the types to sling around "gay" as an insult, so I'm not inclined to take offense to such a statement as a knee-jerk reaction. But it also wouldn't be the first time that one of the judges on The Voice has been called out for using their Twitter account to spew homophobia.

What do you think? Oh, and also Happy Pride Week, Twin Cities!

UPDATE: Cee Lo has issued an apology. Apparently he wasn't trying to be homophobic, he just assumed I was a man?

Apologies gay community! what was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he way gay which is fine but its nice to what u think of meless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply



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95 comments
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

Well Jamie, not all gay men are the same, nor are straight. Quit generalizing.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

What's the big deal? It's not like he called you a faggot. He was most likely being sarcastic.

Tyler O'Neill
Tyler O'Neill

Going out on a limb here, but I have a hunch that Cee-Lo Green isn't a very intelligent person

Jake Wood
Jake Wood

Bad. Ass. cee lo doesn't give af what people think. he said what he wanted to say and pussys cried about it... we need more like him in this world!

Michael Winn
Michael Winn

So why do we give celebrities such weight in their opinion? How about ignoring them?

Mc'Real Dtj
Mc'Real Dtj

who cares.. everyone different .. penis + vagina = a real good thing.. no lie

Joel O'Brien
Joel O'Brien

Cee Lo Green has some physical and mental deformity issues.

Tom Brice O'Brien
Tom Brice O'Brien

I thought Cee-Lo was gay. My gay friends are more masculine than him!

Michelle Zachary McKinney
Michelle Zachary McKinney

He's masculine? On what planet? The planet of men with oversized, porcelain-white beaver chopper teeth??

spincut13
spincut13

Was Rihanna good at least? Hopefully Ceelo's unnerving tastelessness and fake teeth didn't bring down the ENTIRE evening.

Mike Wagers
Mike Wagers

Sounds like he right. Cause you sound like a crybaby.

Durk Gescheidle
Durk Gescheidle

That corpulent POS thinks he's masculine? Buwhahahaha!

Bethany Singer
Bethany Singer

So what?! Report on substantial and newsworthy topics please.

eyetod
eyetod

he was better in goodie mob rapping about drugs, guns and living in the projects, etc... 

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams

What an arrogant prick. How is that not offensive? He's calling gay men less masculine than other men and him. His stubby ass-self ain't all that masculine. If being a man means being like Cee Lo green, then who would want to be a straight man?!

balance55113
balance55113

Jesus fuckin hell christ.Please write a decent article with some substance!

Ryan Wachtel
Ryan Wachtel

Yeah Cee Lo.... when I think of a masculine Alpha male... you're the first thing that comes to mind.

Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez

they already posted the 'latest' story - this is the one they are referring to that happened before on twitter. They worded the "click bait" weirdly - so you think it's the new story, not the old one

Lagz69
Lagz69

lmfao he has a voice higher than my 2 year od neighbor and he thinks his masculinity offends you?!? rofl

Dinodavid
Dinodavid

This guys grammar is worst than his short, ugly, tattooed gross butt...../hes like a fat midget Lil Wayne.....yuckkkkkk

San San
San San

It was a case of mistaken identity. He thought Andrea was the one drivin' 'round town with the girl he loves.

It's all just part of the act: he's a big baby in that song, and a big baby in real life.

Lesbian
Lesbian

I think it is funny that CeeLo implied a great heterosexual male stigma; to be a hetero male you must like dergoatory sexual banter. Gaff. He just made himself look like an idiot and this was also the opinion of his publicist since his twitter account was deleted. CeeLo is a talented musician but it is sad that he would take something of no correlation, a writer critiquing his performance, and use it to fuel a personal attack. He needs to grow thicker skin (and lose the soul patch) if he wants to stay in the music industry. Maybe his new stardom is too much for him to handle. I bet the two gay contestants on his team for The Voice were disappointed at his statements. Way to lose fans CeeLo!

To those who didn't find his unnecessary stage banter to be hetero-normative, though not homophobic, (and inappropriate for an all ages audience), lesbians also get wet in their foreplay. There is just no rationalization to be made.

Angie
Angie

I just wish people would stop referring to you as an editor, of anything. FALSE.

Angie
Angie

I would've called you worse but he's still a jackass. You cancel each other out.

Debbie Africa Mc Loughlin
Debbie Africa Mc Loughlin

will celebrities never learn?  Does Cee Lo also want GLAAD breathing down his neck??  What an ass!!!!!!!  and a weird looking motha fkr too!!!

ImThinking
ImThinking

Most likely you taking advantage of the situation to throw your name out there, onsidering that I NEVER heard of you and Cee Lo is pretty popular. You sound like a bitter person ;)

CJ
CJ

So much bad grammar and punctuation. 

@keithprivette
@keithprivette

The 1st tweet is weird and uncalled for. The 2nd tweet is not an apology for the first tweet.  I wish people if they screwed up and said something in the heat of the moment just apologize.  What is so hard about admitting a mistake.  We humans have a high threshold for forgiveness if the person asking for forgiveness is genuine and sincere.

.drea.
.drea.

This was so dumb that it's almost a non-issue. Cee Lo needs to grow up a little, it looks like. Andrea, although it's also used for males, is generally more of a Femme name. I'd know because my name is Andrea.

Apparently he thinks that no female alive would find his 'wet' speech a bit much and automatically assumed that the chick was a gay dude. Derp. Lookin' dumb, bud. Real dumb. Probably nothing to make a big fuss over, but still. Just dumb.

PS: Dumb. =P

Tim Webster
Tim Webster

Anyone who has to profess his masculinity on twitter is obviously gay.

GoCornelius
GoCornelius

I think you went to this concert as a mother would go as a chaperone with her only daughter who is going to see a concert for the first time. Cee Lo Green is a fantastic performer with outrageous colorful outfits that make him stand out colorfully with fun and charisma. He is anything but boring. His profanity was correct for the venue especially if your opening for an act by a singer named Rihanna who named her newest CD S & M. You vented that Cee Lo wouldn’t allow any photos well that is a well known fact for any concert or Broadway Play. Why make it seem that his reminder of photos is something out of the ordinary. Maybe you haven’t heard about Patti LuPone stopping  her Broadway run of Gypsy because of a photographer. Picture taking in dark areas shoot off a lot of light into the performer’s eyes and can distract their performance and timing in case you haven’t heard.As far as Cee Lo Green tweeting that you must be gay; you took that tweet like paparazzi would take a bad photograph and ran with it to promote yourself mainly but to grab headlines that you thought the gay community would be offended by. This shows you know nothing about the LBGT community. I and my partner of 26 years love Cee Lo Green, his 2 gay contenders on The Voice, his wit, vulgarity and frankness. So Andrea Swensson, no points or anger from this gay man, his partner and all our gay friends. No points on ridiculing Cee Lo Green’s performance before Rihanna’s show. No points for chaperoning your daughter while the whole crowd enjoyed the show. No points for stretching this story as far as you can get it which you’ll find will wind back up on your own lap. Maybe you’d be better as a stuck up Broadway critic like the well disliked Vincent Canby from The New York Times; just don’t see anything comic, adult or musical. For you and reviewing music here are your 15 seconds of fame. I hope you enjoy them as you find yourself recanting this story for the rest of your life as your claim to fame. Not here darling!

Angie
Angie

He's not the only one wearing diapers in this situation. Which reminds me...

I could use a fresh one.

San San
San San

Obviously you didn't make the cut, Angie. Don't be mad at Andrea; it's probably just your misplaced commas and fragment sentences.

Avenger
Avenger

As if Cee Lo could make anyone wet to begin with-The man is hedious-fat, dumpy, terrible skin, f'd up teeth, etc.  He keeps his glasses on because he's so ugly. 

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

You mean its not helping my cause?...

Atlantamack
Atlantamack

Okay, as a self respecting gay man who is openly gay and proud of it...GROW THE HELL UP. Good Lord everything said is not some personal attack. Get a spine and deal with the real world. Like someone above said so well, you saw your 5 minutes of fame opportunity and took it. So here if you wanna be really offended, I am guessing the only reason you got so ridiculously upset about what he said, is becasue you are some fem bottom boy who is mad because you cant get wet! Now you've gotta a reson to be all aghast!Go sit your silly ass down somewhere.Atlanta

Angie
Angie

Make the cut for what exactly? I would aspire to be someone genuine and somewhat knowledgeable.

Lofty goals, I know.

At least I am honest.

ct01
ct01

So it is okay for you to make fun of CeeLo's weight and looks, but if CeeLo insults anybody then you call out the cavalry? Hypocrite.

TecBear
TecBear

Learn to read. As soon as possible.

Bill Crosby
Bill Crosby

Nobody cares about fat or ugly people anymore. There are surgeries to fix those problems, and just because they choose not to take advantage doesn't mean I'll be giving them my sympathy...

Now I leave it to you to decide how serious I was being

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