Did Blake Shelton just fire a live round in what had become a Cold War? That’s the question everyone on social media is discussing. Shelton and ex-wife Miranda Lambert seem to be the Hatfield and McCoy’s of country music: having a never-ending feud. Now Shelton is taking heat for throwing some serious shade.
“If you can’t sing, then don’t.”
It all started with Garth Brooks.
The country megastar acknowledged that he had lip-synced his performance at the recent 51rst CMA Awards. On a recent appearance of The Ellen Degeneres Show, the “Thunder Rolls” singer explained.
“We did 12 shows in 10 days, and right in the middle of those 12 shows was the CMAs,” Brooks recalls. “So we went in and did a track for it, just in case my voice was gone. [We] made a game-day decision and played it because we still had seven shows starting the next night in Spokane.” He went on to say that he wanted to save his voice for his fans that were paying for his live shows.
Though he defended his decision and said he would make it again, it sparked an outpouring of controversy on social media. One of the first tweets in the firestorm was from Miranda Lambert’s boyfriend, Anderson East.
“I keep a lot of my opinions to myself and respect anyone making music, but as a person who tries to put on the best and most honest show I can night after night… this truly offends me. I was told country music is three chords and the truth,” he tweeted.
Fans did not react positively to this message, but Lambert stood by her man. “High five on this babe. If you can’t sing then don’t. It’s better to be honest than to pretend,” she posted in response.
Shelton’s response not only added fuel to the Garth fire but also seemed to reignite the feud with Miranda. Social media immediately went into a frenzy attempting to determine if the #respect was aimed at Lambert and East–and wondering if another Twitter war just started.
The battlefield seems calm for now, so hopefully, this country feud has died down for awhile. But then again, a country feud is a thing that rarely dies.