Twitter users have expressed outrage after People magazine named Blake Shelton their Sexiest Man Alive of 2017.
The choice was lambasted by some upset over old tweets by the country music singer that they deemed racist, homophobic and misogynistic.
‘How did these not cause an outrage earlier?’ tweeted one user.
‘He’s disgusting,’ said another.
Another Twitter user wrote: ‘Blake Shelton being Sexiest Man Alive is the direct result of Trump’s America.’
The tweets were mainly posted from 2009 to 2011 and are often directed at other celebrities.
‘I’m not gay but I think Ellen [DeGeneres] is hot!…Wait a minute..What?!’ read one.
‘Sooo…I just figured out a great excuse for my sick fantasy about Dakota Fanning. I thought she was Amanda Seyfried,’ read another. Fanning was 16 years old at the time.
In another, Shelton wrote: ‘Wish the d******d in the next room would either shut up or learn some English so I would atleast [sic] know what he’s planning to bomb!!’
Shelton later apologized for the tweets in a statement that read: ‘Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see.
‘That said, anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form. Can my humor at times be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never.’
‘I can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass,’ Shelton declared. ‘As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about.’
Oklahoma native Shelton spent a decade in country music before his popularity surged in 2011 as the wise-cracking judge and mentor to aspiring singers on NBC’s reality singing competition show The Voice.
His most recent album Texoma Shore was released earlier this month.
Shelton told People he could not wait to tease his fellow The Voice judge and Maroon 5 frontman Levine with his new Sexiest Man Alive title.