'The Voice': CeeLo Green's return as coach sparks outrage among fans
The last time Green was a full-time coach was way back in Season 5 before he was at the center of date-rape allegations and a legal battle in 2012
NBC's 'The Voice' announced the return of its original judge, CeeLo Green, on Tuesday. As the official Twitter page of the programme asked the fans "How excited are you to see the iconic @CeeLoGreen?!," the response showed that no one was.
The 43-year-old singer, who would be returning to the show as a mentor for Adam Levine's team, was highly unwelcomed as people on social media discussed his problematic past.
The last time Green was a full-time coach was way back in Season 5 before he was at the center of date-rape allegations and a legal battle.
In 2012, the 'Forget You' singer faced the date-rape allegation after a 33-year-old woman -- who said she woke up naked in Green's bed -- accused him of spiking her drink and raping her. Green then announced on the 'Ellen DeGeneres' that he was quitting 'The Voice,' although some behind-the-scenes reports claimed that he was about to be fired.
In 2014, Green pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy. Though he entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case, the judge sentenced him to three years of formal probation and community service.
He then went on to post a series of offensive, since-deleted tweets, about the concept of consent, implying that it’s not rape if a woman is unconscious. (“People who have really been raped REMEMBER,” read one his posts.) Although the singer later apologized, the damage was done as his TBS reality show and multiple concert dates were canceled amid the public protest.
Green was briefly seen in 'The Voice' Season 8 as an adviser and in Season 12 's finale, he was a performer. Needless to say, both appearances caused massive outrage. But the singer coming back to take his position on the show in this #MeToo era, has outraged fans, who took to Twitter to vent their anger.
Here are some of the best Twitter reactions on Green's return to the Voice.
You mean "it isn't rape if she's unconscious" CeeLo Green? Who would be excited about him?— Orz (@onpoopooplatter) October 17, 2018
@adamlevine I am disgusted with your choice of a mentor. You have daughters. How would you feel if they were dating a man with the morals of CeeLo Green?— Dori Bork (@DorettaJean) October 17, 2018
NO! Disappointing & upsetting that @adamlevine chose a man who drugged & sexually assaulted a woman, jokes about it & doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘consent’ or respect! not someone who ever should Mentor. #TheVoice #TimesUp— mintpattynyc (@mintpattynyc) October 17, 2018
Next coach - Bill Cosby? Brett Kavanaugh? I mean, why not?— Heather Humphrey (@zingela628) October 17, 2018