Before you read and get mad at Blake, the tweet mentioned appears to have been meant as a joke. I know some people like to read the first paragraph or two, form an opinion, and skip the ending. I don't want anyone getting mad at Blake without reading clear to the end or at least realizing his original tweet was meant as a joke.
Wow, I'm gone for a day and look what happens, Blake Shelton has officially made enemies of the turtle lovers of the world.
So yesterday, Blake took to his Twitter and tweeted a fateful 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...
Okay, before I move on I have to make a confession...my husband is a swerver. He has a major snake phobia for some reason (I have a feeling his brothers used to torture him with snakes as a child) and if we're driving down the road and there's a snake, he will purposely swerve to run it over.
I hate it. Hate it, hate it, hate it and bitch up a storm every time he does it with me in the car. Other animals he won't do that, just snakes. Another confession....I lived in Arkansas as a child and one of my fondest memories were the wild turtles that were everywhere. I had more than a few I "saved" and kept as pets until I got bored and my mom would turn them loose. So running over a turtle on purpose kind of gets me in the memory center of my brain and makes me cringe.
Okay, confessions are now over -- back to Blake. So he tweeted the tweet and the turtle lovers of the world started to attack. You have to feel kind of bad for Blake when this happens because 99.5% of what he says he's just joking and being an ass just for the sake of being an ass and to get a laugh. He enjoys that. I get it and I think most of his fans get it.
Turtle lovers apparently didn't get it.
“@bjkingape: That turtle's life meant something- was your tweet a bad joke? Why would you be so cruel to a living being?”
“@John_F_Taylor: Really what a disappointment u r. Killing turtles with your car then asking if they are protected?”@turtlefeed For someone who supposedly cares so much about animals, I'm not impressed by you. G'night now.
The Blake hate from turtle lovers even ended up catching the attention of Buzzfeed who wrote a detailed account of what was going on, including in the story all the fans who had chimed in to say they too killed turtles on a regular basis.
In the end, it appears that all the hate was for nothing because Blake wasn't even in Oklahoma when he made his turtle murder tweet:
The best part of all of this is that the dumb asses didn't even look to see that I'm not even in Oklahoma today!! I'm in North Dakota!!
Just to be clear, there are turtles in North Dakota, but I think that's besides the point, according to Blake, the tweet was still just meant as a joke and knowing the things he says on a regular basis, I absolutely believe him when he says that.
That said, as someone who has very fond memories of kidnapping wild turtles as a child to make them my pets, I can see where the turtle lovers of the world were coming from too.
The good news in all of this is that according to the totally scientific video below, most people don't actually swerve to kill turtles.
UPDATE: Blake made the Herp Report. Fun! And for the record, they call him Blake Shiton instead of Shelton. Oh, this has gotten real folks.
On a side note, the pod cast at Herp Report is kind of interesting because the guys actually seem to think that Blake's tweet is going to end his career. Seriously? The two guys hearts are in the right place as turtle lovers, but they're sort of delusional I think and obviously have never paid much attention to Blake's Twitter. They really do seem to think that this story is going to blow up and turn into a PR nightmare and it's all thanks to them.