"The Voice" judge Blake Shelton has a new commandment for all the haters at Westboro Baptist Church. It's an easily stated and memorable two-worder that not only conveys Shelton's obvious disdain for the extremist religious sect but also alludes to the church's stance on gay rights. When TMZ caught up with him Oct. 15, video camera rolling, they asked if he had anything to say about Westboro's threats to boycott his Kansas City concert, the "Drink On It" singer, his tongue noticeably having difficulty enunciating, issued an eleventh commandment.
"Westboro Baptist Church can blow me," the country singer said as he made his way to his car. He had just stepped out of Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood early Tuesday morning, having just celebrated Usher's birthday.
"Really?" the reporter asked.
"Really," Shelton said. Grinning, he added, "Can you quote me on that? 'They can blow me.' I think that's one of the commandments."
It isn't but it might be an as yet undiscovered eleventh commandment hidden in some old untranslated texts somewhat. But TMZ honored the singer's request, not only quoting him but posting the video of his new commandment to their website.
But it isn't the first time Blake Shelton has given Westboro Baptist Church such a directive, although it was first listed by the singer himself as a "sin." He and the infamous church got into a Twitter war last month after the religious sect attacked his marriage with country singer Miranda Lambert, labeling her a "whore" and Shelton an "adulterer." They also made insinuations about Shelton's sexuality (describing him as "devil-pretty" and calling him one of the "sissy-men that fill up the airwaves"), a stab at the entertainer's pro-gay rights stance, and then threatened to picket his then upcoming concert in Kansas City.
Shelton took to Twitter to blast the intolerant Baptist faction, suggesting they add more to the list. "Hey WBC.. I've got one more sin for ya... Blow me," he wrote.
Apparently the "God Gave Me You" crooner's thinking had evolved on the subject, and so the suggestive "sin" became a direct "commandment."
The church mockingly answered that they "know BS when we see it." And they were also quick to reply to the latest salvo in the war of words, posting on their Twitter account: "“@HuffPostRelig: Watch @BlakeShelton tell @WBCSays about a new commandment.” They added: "Ha! He can’t even keep track of the 10!"
As for tracking, it would appear that Westboro Baptist Church, which became famous for it's "God Hates Fags" website and picketing the funerals of fallen American servicemen (because, apparently, God hates the military of a nation that coddles gays), isn't adept at discerning flippant, not to mention pointed, sarcasm. Or maybe they simply don't tolerate sarcasm. Given their restricted views, they probably believe got hates sarcasm, too...