Some Twitter users on Wednesday blasted country music star Blake Shelton for winning People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” honor for 2017.
The responses ranged from those who disputed Shelton’s attractiveness to others concerned about the singer’s past remarks on race and LGBT culture.
Like let’s make a list of every man sexier than Blake Shelton.— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) November 15, 2017
1. Oscar Isaac
2. Taika Waititi
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
785. The ghost of Abe Vigoda
786. The Incredible Mr. Limpet, like as a fish
787. Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton gives me hope that I too could one day be People Magazine's sexiest man alive.— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) November 15, 2017
Trump is President. Blake Shelton is the Sexiest Man Alive. Snooki better start planning her Nobel Prize speech.— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) November 15, 2017
Other Twitter users - including actor Hugh Jackman and Gwen Stefani, who is Shelton's girlfriend - celebrated the singer's new title.
People earlier Wednesday revealed Shelton as the winner of its annual title for best male attractiveness.
“[It’s] that y’all must be running out of people,” he joked to the magazine upon hearing he had made this year’s cover story on the topic.
“Like, ‘Wow, we’re down to somebody who is somewhat symmetrical,’” Shelton continued before mocking Adam Levine, his fellow judge on NBC’s reality television contest "The Voice."
“I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s a--. As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.”
The Daily Beast on Wednesday reported that Shelton has made several past comments on Twitter that critics found homophobic.
“Question for my gay followers … Are skittles y’all’s favorite candy?” Shelton wrote in 2010.
“Deer stand thinkin … By Blake Shelton,” he tweeted in 2009. “How can I be attracted to lesbians? … I’m not gay.”
The Daily Beast also reported that Shelton had tweeted out statements in the past some followers interpreted as racist.
“Wish the d—khead in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would atleast know what he’s planning to bomb!!” he tweeted in 2011.
“Nothing says “Happy 4th of July” like a airport shuttle bus driver that can’t speak a F---ING word of English!!!” Shelton wrote in 2010. “To the terminal Omar!!!!”
Shelton apologized last year for any tweets that had offended his fans after some of them were rediscovered online.
“Everyone knows that comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see,” he said.
“That said anyone that knows me knows I have no tolerance for hatred of any kind or form,” Shelton added.
“Can my humor at times be inappropriate or immature? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anybody who may have been offended.”