Vicci Martinez says Cee Lo Green apologized for 'gay' tweet


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The Voice coach Cee Lo Green immediately reached out to gay contestants Vicci Martinez and Nakia after he lashed out against a music critic with a tweet that offended some in the gay community, according to On Friday, after performing with Rihanna in Minneapolis, Green responded to a harsh review with a post directed at music editor Andrea Swensson, saying, “I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f*** you!”

Martinez, who’s on Team Cee Lo, told that “right away, he messaged us and was like, ‘I just want you guys to know that this just came out and that’s not how I feel. They are totally messing it up, blowing it up, and I just want to apologize to you guys first.’ He was like, ‘so, if you start hearing stuff, just know that I love you and that’s just sometimes what happens in the business.’ “

Green also made a public apology, telling Us Weekly in a statement: “I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community. I don’t have an opinion on people with different religious, sexual or political preferences. I’m one of the most liberal artists that I think you will ever meet, and I pride myself on that. Two of the remaining members that I have on my team on The Voice are proud and outspokenly gay. We just did a team performance of ‘Everyday People,’ and I picked that song for us to do specifically to highlight how we can get along even though we’re so different.”

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  • jfms777

    Another black “performer” targeting gays. The list just goes on . . . and on. Just like there are no gays in Iran, I guess there are no gay blacks in America.

    • Wes

      Or, more accurately, another racist gay targeting a black in a thinly veiled act of racism.

      • AK

        Lydia, it’s more about taking “gay” out of the public lexicon as an acceptable way to insult or demean someone.

      • Bob

        AK, lydia is not a real person… they are an adbot.

      • Tom

        If he were so liberal and open-minded and smart, he would know that being gay is not a ‘sexual preference”. A preference is something you prefer, as in choose over other options. People don’t choose/prefer/favor to be gay or straight.

      • Squishmar

        Yes, “lydia” is an adbot, but the first part of the post is taken from an actual comment further down from “mikeman”. The adbots always do that–insert a portion of another’s comment to make it look real so it slips by any moderators.

      • GAY BS

        I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF GAYS LOOKING FOR A REASON TO ATTACK STRAIGHTS. I think and know gays suck, and most people don’t want anything to do with them. AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED THEY ARE CALLED FRUITS FOR A REASON. Last time I checked this is America and piece of crap gays are not the only ones that have freedom of speech and the right to voice an opinion. Screw all these gays and their PC BS. GAYS ALL SUCK!!!

      • aly

        WTF are you talking about? Cee Lo threw out the gay card apropos of NOTHING. OR are you saying that anything a white person says should be responded to with gay hate. What does “I bet you’re a gay” even mean in YOUR small mind? OH THAT’S RIGHT “gay” is an insult.

    • While we’re at it

      can we PLEASE GET RID OF THE PHRASE “reached out to” and strike it from our lexicon FOREVER? And Cletus—the only thing you left out of your assessment are a couple $$. I’m sure that would have to be involved in there somewhere, along with a description that Cee Lo is looking for some hot, generou$ fun.

    • Lah Tee Dah

      Or maybe people are way too freakin sensitive?!
      I am SO sick of people being afraid of backlash from certain groups. Say what you want. Believe what you want.

      • debi

        totally agree the PC police r going nutz lately…and i find that even more disgusting!

      • GaybyGod

        I’m Gay, and I don’t see any offense in what Cee LO said … he was pissed at Swensson … not Gays. We are not ALL whining. It’s just the radical fringes in the Gay community, just as all the “S#*T” comes out of the radical fringes in the religious communities. Chill out, and focus on more dire problems in the nation like poverty, starvation, and homelessness, which both Gays and straights share!

      • Ray

        I dont see how we as americans have become so sentative to those who are headed for hell if they dont repent for thier actions and fly straight.
        Celebrities have become scary cats, to some sick minded individuals who hold no power at all. to be Gay is sick and unexceptable to a loving God who will forgive that person if they come to terms with thier sickness, and stop trying to make what you are doing right. The bible is right not mankinds ideas.And quit trying to make God fearing individuals appear to be unloving because you cant find love yourself. The only man you should want to marry, if your another man is Christ. Other than that you dont have love, you have hatred among you.God is love, and if you dont have him you dont have love.
        You have obsession otherwise.

      • Andrew

        @Ray That post must be a joke…

      • Bob

        So Cee can say what he wants, but members of PFLAG or people who are gay cannot say what they want to say about it?

        Ray is obsessed with God.

      • Tarc

        Walk in their shoes, live their lives for a few years, learn about what you are talking about, and then you *might* earn the right to say that Lah Tee Dah. Trust me, you have no idea.

      • Haha

        Let me guess. You are straight and white.

    • B

      Gotta agree with Lydia… I have no problem with any race or sexual orientation. I just think we need to get rid of all whiners. This country has turned into a group of sensitive crybabies. And I’m not speaking of just the gay community, but of whiny Christians, whiny liberals, whiny women’s groups, etc. Why are they acting so gay? …

      • Annette

        Well they are gay people aren’t they supposed to have a lot of emotion! To harsh?

      • Tom

        If people are allowed to say what they want about whomever, then people are allowed to complain about others saying whatever they want.

      • Maxie

        Just ignore whiners…

    • Rock Golf

      I think we’re all missing the big picture here. The story says “Cee Lo reached out to the gay contestants Nakia and Vicci.”
      Now, THAT’S news.

    • GAY BS

      I AM SO SICK AND TIRED OF GAYS LOOKING FOR A REASON TO ATTACK STRAIGHTS. I think and know gays suck, and most people don’t want anything to do with them. AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED THEY ARE CALLED FRUITS FOR A REASON. Last time I checked this is America and piece of crap gays are not the only ones that have freedom of speech and the right to voice an opinion. Screw all these gays and their PC BS.

  • Vince

    I don’t know if that’s’s just stupid. Green’s tweet doesn’t even make sense.

    • JP

      As I recall, the reviewer basically said they were grossed out by how overtly sexual Cee Lo’s act was. They thought outside of F You, it was a boring performance.

  • Cletus

    I’d bet good money that Cee Lo Green is sucking some serious d!ck on the down low…

    • Eric P


      • Jeff

        I thought he was gay myself. Now I like him a lot less for saying that.

      • Squishmar

        Oh, that’s not prejudiced at all… you liked him better when you thought he was gay? Well, which is it… Is Cletus right and he’s really closeted? Who the f*ck cares either way?!

  • Karate Pants

    The apology seems a little contrived and insincere when most of it is directed at two singers on his show, rather than at the gay community.

    • Ted

      It’s contrived because he, like the rest of America, doesn’t give a flying f*ck what those fudge packers think.

      • wakeforce

        Fudge packers? How old are you, 6?

    • Aeol

      Honestly, we need to stop worrying about offending an entire community. When someone says something generally insulting about black ppl (as happened to me repeatedly, to my face, last week at work, when a customer noted that my hometown DC was “full of bad black people” and I was the type of black girl who could ease him into hooking up with black girls) I think, “wow, that person is ignorant and obviously doesn’t understand me. Oh well. Good thing we’re not friends.” But Nakia and Vicci have an actual relationship with CeeLo. They have a right to hear an apology directed towards them.

      • DC

        On behalf of all white people Aeol I apologise. That must have been horrible for you.

    • degay

      Who really cares about this? The real lesson here is celebs should not tweet. And really… why is it an “insult” to call someone gay? The critic should have responded: “I don’t have to be gay to be underwhelmed or even fail to notice your masculinity.”

      • Sue

        Good comment. And Ceelo could have made the entire statement without that one sentence and it would have made just as much sense (and it did not make any sense). Ceelo should have “manned up” and ignored the review … critics are allowed to criticize even if people did ignore it … and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

      • Sue

        Oops – I meant “even if people did enjoy it”

  • shawna

    Thanks for posting this EW. I left a comment on The Voice recap because the article I read yesterday condensed his quote and made it sound like he had said “his two contestants”, like he already knew who was going through before the live show last night. And his comment does make sense, he’s asking if the reviewer was a lesbian and his masculinity offended her. Stupid speculation on his part.

  • dirk

    I wish other groups got the attention that gays do. You can slam whites, fat people, and all kinds of other people all day and nothing gets said, but if you say something about the gay community or the black community and the s*** hits the fan.

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Let me guess: You’re a fat, white guy.

    • tanner

      b/c gays are naturally extra sensitive

      • debi

        nice tanner!

      • President O

        How is it a gay man can take a c*ck up his a$$ with no problem but he can’t handle a little humor?

        Just sayin’.

      • Annette

        Why can’t the gay community be tougher instead of acting like a bunch of cry babies all the time! It just feeds the stereotype that gay people are sensitive.

    • Aunt Sassy

      First of all, it’s not gay people who are offended or blowing this up – it’s the MEDIA. Go out and ask 1,000 gay people if they even heard Cee Lo’s comment and I’d bet 999 of them had not. Them ask them if they are offended and my guess is that 98% of them wouldn’t be – especially if they heard what the comment was about. So go ahead and hate on gays (because I am sure you will), but please know that everything you read in the media isn’t TRUE.

      • michel

        Absolutely. What makes everyone think that all gay people would be offended by Ceelo’s comment. I wasn’t bothered by anything in his comment. For one thing tanner and debi, nice of you to judge all gay people, also I couldn’t give a rat’s a@s about what people would think of me

  • mikeman

    i’m as liberal as they come, i support the rights for gay people to get hitched and adopt children, but i’m getting pretty sick of them whining about everything, especially menial, meaningless comments like cee’lo’s. get thicker skin, or stop putting yourself out there. it’s pretty easy.

    • Zaidi

      So, as long as gays stay in the closet, and out of sight, you’re okay with them? Such hypocrisy!!

      • mikeman

        can you read? that’s not even in the same state as what i said…

    • Chip

      MikeMan, as a gay man, I agree with you. The “gay” community needs to get a little thicker skin. I am not sure I even understand what Cee Lo was saying, didn’t make a lot of sense, but seriously wasn’t offensive to me? It didn’t advocate intolerance, didn’t use inflammatory language. No harm, no foul.

      • mikeman

        that’s what i’m saying. he didn’t advocate violence, he didn’t use any negative slurs or hate speak… i don’t get it?

      • Squishmar

        To Aunt Sassy and Chip… I’ve never thought about it that way. You hear about the “gay community” so much that you forget a community is made up of individuals. But I blame organizations like GLAAD for that. I, however, will definitely be aware now that of course, no group of people can be represented by just one sentiment or opinion. Just like Jesse Jackson would make a lot of black people roll their eyes and there are countless examples of extremists in any groups… you forget that those “spokespeople” are usually in the minority for the groups they say they represent. They’re just the squeaky wheels, so they get the attention and notice.

    • Futurama

      Who was whining about it?

      • Jan


    • Aunt Sassy

      First of all, not ALL gay people are complaining. Get a clue mikeman – you can’t take what you read in the MEDIA as a statement from ALL gay people. I personally couldn’t give two sh!ts what Cee Lo thinks of gay people – or what you think for that matter. The only thing I am concerned about is EQUAL rights for EVERYONE.

      • mikeman

        ugh. all right hair splitter. i’m sick of the people who represent gays in the media whining about everything. do you feel better now?

      • Sara

        I wouldn’t even necessarily say it’s “people who represent gays in the media”. This just seems to be a hot button issue and when it’s even broached, the media jumps on it. Gotta find SOMETHING to fill a 24 hour news day.

    • Eurydice

      Well, I guess you can add Cee Lo to that list of whiners because he himself recognized that he’d said something problematic and he tried to fix it right away. That’s how you deal with things when you’ve said something stupid – say you’re sorry and don’t make excuses.

    • Tarc

      Actually, you have no idea who was complaining, so why are you pinning that on all gay folks. Most of the time, the press makes up both sides for ratings (a la FOX News).

  • keeth

    “I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community.” Bullspit!

  • Cocolovesme

    Why is this even news? Who cares?


    He said that this person was probably gay because they did not like his show. He did not say being gay was bad or wrong. The only person that s/b offended is the person that the tweet was directed to and only if they are in fact not gay

    • bamalam

      but its the fact that used the term gay as an insult, as if being gay should be deemed as an insult. What ever happened to just calling people dumb when they were dumb?

      • whatevs

        But that’s offensive to dumb people, don’t you know?

      • Krystal

        I think the tweet made no sense unless he was stating that since she’s overtly female and only likes female things that the concert was too masculine?

      • Maxie

        It is offensive to be called gay when ur a man, especially.

  • Mandy

    Its funny that it never occurs to celebrities to just keep their mouths shut. Instead of issuing an apology 30 seconds after saying something, just shut up in the first place! Idiot.

    • Snsetblaze

      This exactly.

  • Cameron J

    You’ve never had a moment of extreme anger and then 30 seconds later what the hell you just did? o.o Fun fact- Celebrities are in fact, usually humans.

    • Jessie M.

      You say that now but I bet you were one of the first ones to criticize Tina Fey when she made fun of Palin. Right wingers are such hypocrites.

  • teresa

    Then why would he say something like that??? So stupid…

  • The Answer

    Can’t we all just get along?

    1) Queers: Get over yourselves. Nobody cares that you are gay anymore. Move on.

    2) Tweeters: Stop. Please. No positive has ever nor ever will come out of a tweet.

    That is all.

    • degay

      1) Thank goodness!
      2) Agreed.

  • Minerva

    Cee Lo thinks he has masculinity?

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