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

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Cee Lo Green just called me gay on 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



UPDATE: Cee Lo Green apologizes to gay community, deletes tweets, then quits Twitter


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70 comments
fatassnigger
fatassnigger

 As always, it goes back to one thing with niggers; 'muh dik'. Always about 'muh dik' whenever they lose any form of argument.

fatassnigger
fatassnigger

As always, it goes back to one thing with niggers; 'muh dik'. Always about 'muh dik' whenever they lose any form of argument.

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!

WhoisCeelo
WhoisCeelo

Did he even bother to read your review or did someone just off-handedly tell him they dissed him. Clearly women are not allowed to write music reviews in Cee-Lo's world which is why he says "FUCK YOU" in his songs instead of maybe taking time to listen to women and understand their lecherous needs.

Bianca
Bianca

Pride is gonna be awesome this year.

Mike Seely
Mike Seely

And Cee-Lo isn't gay himself? I just assumed he was, especially after his Elton John getup at the Grammys. I thought that was awesome; now I'm just sad that he's a homophobic closet case.

Zepar99
Zepar99

Wait, since when is it news that Cee Lo is an asshole? The history of gay bashing and animal torture wasn't already convincing?

Erica
Erica

I believe "prude" was the word CeeLo was looking for.  And he would be right.

Davidjayson
Davidjayson

I think the gay comment is just another distraction. It might be why he wears such crazy outfits as well. Maybe he really doesn't have that much talent, and is using controversy to distract people from the truth. Whatever the case he can't take critique very well, which is pretty important when you want to be noticed so much.

Phillysworld30
Phillysworld30

I dance routinely at local gay bars, have had my run ins with same sex fun, and have more than a few gay friends......I honestly have to say though that as a black woman who is constantly being "actually" offended by the world as a whole...I'm getting pretty tired of gay people whining and complaining everytime someone bounces their bananas.

jacc
jacc

And now he's saying you're a guy. "I said I was guessing he way gay" because, you know, music columnists can't be female.

Steff (steffsays)
Steff (steffsays)

ugh.  CeeLo definitely though you were male since he referred to you as "he" in a subsequent tweet.  so he's multitasking with sexist AND homophobic remarks simultaneously.  i love his music but whether or not he thinks of himself as sexist/homophobic his comment came from a place of ignorance and bias.  bummer.

joannlizabeth
joannlizabeth

"i remember when, i remember when i  lost my miiinnndd.."

Jack Spencer
Jack Spencer

That's the perfect picture to associate with this post.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

I'd put it down to him trying to get a laugh and move on.

BillJ
BillJ

They are going to have to change the name of his TV show from 'The Voice' to 'The 2 Assholes & The Pretty Blonde Girl.'

Seriously.  Is there anything weaker or more effeminate than the heterosexual male's ego???

Thom_Violence
Thom_Violence

The 'I'm guessing you're gay' bit seems more confusing than offensive, to me. And I assume the f you at the end is just him continuing to ride that songs success by making it his catch phrase. So I'd have to say that Cee Lo is trying to cover how sensitive he is to criticism by making a (fairly lame) joke?

bl1y
bl1y

If you're insulted by being called gay, then you're just as homophobic as the person saying it.

Dirkdigglersays
Dirkdigglersays

Dude cee lo is in the right here feeedom of speech muthafers thats right stfu and lick my balls and all that shit. Only a gay woman would be offended that cee lo was gonna make her wet. Lol fucken nuckerz stfu

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

Robspace1
Robspace1

This fat little man has a big mouth and is way out of line.

OverYou
OverYou

You are ignorant. Anyone who is hurt by someone's words is not a good thing. You are not suffering anymore than the next person. Shame on your for thinking you are the only one "actually" being offended. You aren't gay, even though you think you present strong evidence that you are down with gay people, so I don't expect you to understand.

ct01
ct01

"Seriously.  Is there anything weaker or more effeminate than the heterosexual male's ego???" Yes, your entire post.

Rob
Rob

Ahem... formerly pretty blonde girl.

Kylejack
Kylejack

The author didn't say she was offended.

But what he said is offensive.  He's promoting heteronormative standards of behavior.

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.

GoCornelius
GoCornelius

Cee Lo is Fantabulous and quite gay friendly!

Phillysworld30
Phillysworld30

Um okay.  Normally I don't go around calling people ignorant but get back to me when you have lived 31 almost 32 years as a black woman in a world that tells you at every corner that your not worth it.  That your looks, intelligence, hopes, dreams, children and experiences are inferior.  I don't have to walk down the street or kiss someone of my same sex in order to be called out for my plight......there is no passing, hiding or closet time for being a racial minority.  Read a few books... and once again........get your head out of your ass.  I'm not saying you don't deserve what you are seeking as far as equal rights, I am just saying the whining doesn't do it for me considering in my opinion, you are getting a better shake.

bl1y
bl1y

Do you think she would have been upset if someone called her a towel?

Probably not, because in her mind a towel isn't anything bad, it's just a towel. It wouldn't matter if Cee Lo hated towels and thought towels were stupid, she would have just ignored the comment.  The only way she'd be insulted is if she thought being gay was bad.

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

Tymgtbgnts
Tymgtbgnts

HAHA oh no wait its completely true...

Caitlin Morris
Caitlin Morris

Um, I think you can assume that he meant being gay was bad, as he followed the statement with a F**k you. 

Towelhead
Towelhead

Except that both "gay' and "towel" are fairly traditionally used as insults! And not just insults like "You must be fat" or "you must be ugly" if you don't like me, but insults that in recent (past ten years) history have often been used as threats & preludes to violence.the writer is certainly entiled to be what i would call a prude with a different sense of humor from mine---I think that CeeLo tweaking a bored crowd by putting himself down & boosting Rhianna as the star was in true stand-up/warm-up act tradition, and very humble of him AND  he had to be just a bit tongue in cheek macho claiming his role was to get the women in the audience wet, since he's well aware he's no typical prettyboy soul singer like Usher or Maxwell.......but i do think like all of us he needs to remember that ironic quotes don't come across in soundbites/tweets--and often not in person either!

Reed Fischer
Reed Fischer

I'm not offended. Just confused, as stated above.

West
West

You're reaching.  That's not conclusive or accurate logic.  She was merely pointing out the weirdness of his reaction.  

Guest
Guest

Cool story bro.

Emily
Emily

Your logic is backasswards and embarrassing.

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