By Shannon Frost Greenstein

If there is POSSIBLY one downside of Twitter, it’s that everyone is SO. QUICK. TO. JUDGE. what they read.  Often, there’s not a lot of fact-checking; there’s not a lot of research.  Rather, there are quick retweets and snap-second judgments, and THAT’S the way, country fans, that untrue rumors and gossip spread.

This is what’s happened to Blake Shelton, and the backlash he’s receiving is, truthfully, unwarranted.

Earlier this week, Blake Shelton went to a restaurant with girlfriend Gwen Stefani for a family meal.  While there, he ran into House Speaker Paul Ryan, with whom he has had no previous interactions.

The pair exchanged introductions, and Ryan apparently asked for a photo with the country superstar.  And THAT’S where things turned.

There was a backlash of criticism from Twitter users, condemning Shelton for the company he keeps and stating a loss of respect for the artist.

As you can imagine, that did NOT go over well with Shelton.

He tweeted, in a series of tweets, “I can’t even fathom the gossip I read about myself anymore. Seriously.. Literally walked into a restaurant WITH MY FAMILY (including children, LOTS of children), bumped to a politician that I’ve never even met before, said hello and took pictures (like I would try to do with anyone I meet who asks)… And now according to the internet we were hanging out or having some big secret meeting in a PUBLIC restaurant!!!!!! WTF?!!!”

Shelton is adamant that he is NOT political, and that this is something which has spun WAY out of control.  He also appears increasingly frustrated with the gossip surrounding what was, in his opinion, a simple meeting during a meal he was attempting to enjoy with his family.  He added:

Regardless of your feelings about the current political climate, it is imperative that we all take a moment, when faced with the choice of retweeting potential gossip, to really consider the consequences.  In this case, Blake was faced with a LOT of negative criticism just for being polite!

Don’t worry, Blake.  We don’t “do” politics either, and we believe you.

Where do YOU stand on the matter?

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