The 50 Most Controversial Tweets of Summer 2012

47. Blake Shelton Threatens to Kill Turtle

Date: July 25
Tweeter: @blackshelton
Tweet: “Does anyone know if the Eastern Box turtle is protected in Oklahoma? If so I didn’t just swerve to the shoulder of the road to smash one…”

If country singer Black Shelton's decision to go host American Idol Americas Got Talent Duets 106th & Park The Voice didn't cost him a good number of fans, his off-color remarks about killing a turtle may certainly have. The post was retweeted 630 times and consisted mostly of people going in on him for his lackadaisical attitude towards animal abuse. After it was clear no one got the joke, Shelton apologized, saying "...I want to apologize for my ignorant joke... I never ran over a turtle. It wasn't even possible."

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