Cee Lo Green Reacts to Controversy Over “Homophobic” Tweet to Critic
Cee Lo Green has responded to controversy over a tweet to a music critic that many have interpreted as homophobic.
After City Pages music editor Andrea Swensson criticized the “Forget You” singer’s performance with Rihanna in Minneapolis on Thursday night, Green sent Swensson an angry message on Twitter. “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!” wrote Green in the since-deleted tweet.
Swensson was confused by the reaction, and other observers took offense. Green then offered an apology and explanation, part of which stemmed from not knowing Swensson’s gender. “Apologies gay community! what was homophobic about that? I said I was guessing he way [sic] gay which is fine but its nice to [sic] what u think of me,” tweeted the singer in a message that has also been deleted.
Green assures fans that his comment was a misinterpreted joke never meant to cause harm, pointing out that he works happily with gay singers on “The Voice,” including two members of his own team. “I’m no bigot or homophobic. [It’s] all a very big misunderstanding.” Green admits that his tweet was ill-advised but not at all hateful. What do you think?