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Here's one explanation behind Blake Shelton's tweets: He was watching Oprah

May 6, 2011 | 10:27 am

Shania_oprah Already Blake Shelton fans are taking to Twitter to defend their favorite judge on "The Voice," saying that his recent tweets were not homophobic. A source close to Shelton tells us this whole thing was a big misunderstanding:

Shelton was watching an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in which Shania Twain was talking about her now ex-husband, who she said cheated on her with her best friend. In response, Shelton channeled Twain's mindset and ended up rewriting her song "Any Man of Mine" -- not from his own point of view, but from Twain's: "Any man that tries Touching my behind He's gonna be a beaten, bleedin', heaving kind of guy..." (The original lyrics are "Any man of mine better walk the line -– Better show me a teasin' squeezin' pleasin' kinda time.")

Initially, Shelton said he was very confused about why he was being accused of homophobia. "Its meant to be from a girls point of view," he tweeted.

On Twitter, Shelton is known for rewriting other artists' songs with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. After Osama Bin Laden's death, he rewrote a line from the Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" as: "Bin Laden now baby We're not here for wealth Kiss your ... goodbye I'll keep your head for myself." (His cheeky rewrites of Brad Paisley and Maroon 5, whose singer Adam Levine is Shelton's co-star on "The Voice," may not be suitable for this family blog.)

With Twain's song, he might have put his big country-western boot in his mouth, but it seems his sense of humor is intact: He retweeted this quote from a fan: "Maybe @blakeshelton should now Spam his feed with the plethora men he's tried to kiss over the years."

We have a better idea: Get him to sing some gay-pride anthems on "The Voice"!

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Oprah Winfrey and Shania Twain. Credit: CBS Television Distribution