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CeeLo Green tweets, offends, backpedals and apologizes: Will he be forgiven?

Former 'The Voice' mentor Cee Lo Green's tweets sparked intense backlash
Former 'The Voice' mentor Cee Lo Green's tweets sparked intense backlash
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CeeLo Green's rape tweets certainly drew fire from people around the world, and he even just lost his reality show called “Green's The Good Life” on TBS over the drama. Now he's apologizing for the tweets, but is it too little too late? Many would say that's a resounding yes. On Tuesday Green went back to Twitter to try to smooth things over, but time will tell if it does any good.

The CeeLo Green outrage began shortly after the former “The Voice” coach pleaded no contest in the case where he allegedly slipped ecstasy in a woman's drink then had sex with her. As GossipCop notes, though the controversial tweets have been deleted, CeeLo posted, “women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!”

Green also tweeted, “If someone is passed out they're not even WITH you consciously! So WITH Implies consent.” People were immediately stunned, horrified and outraged by the wording and implications of what he had to say, and Green tried to backpedal. He said the comments were taken out of context and that he had “only intended on a healthy exchange to help heal those who love me from the pain I had already caused from this.”

Green went on to say he would never condone the harm of women, and he soon deactivated his Twitter account. It didn't take long, though, for Green to return to Twitter. CeeLo tweeted, “I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter.”

The former "The Voice" star added, “Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.” Essentially it seems that while Green had no problem sharing his opinion in the first place, once the backlash started he realized, or someone on his team pointed out to him, that they may well constitute career suicide. Now he's scrambling.

Notably the apology via Twitter seems to have come after his TBS show was canceled, which would be one of many reasons people question his sincerity. Others point out that his seemingly trying to imply that the original tweets may not have been his seems a bit far-fetched. The initial tweets seem to be awfully strongly worded to end up being “not what I believe.”

The initial case that sparked all of this definitely had some issues, and it seemed that many were willing to give CeeLo the benefit of the doubt to an extent. However, the subsequent Twitter posts may well have done more damage than the case itself. Can CeeLo Green's career recover from this scandal? People aren't so sure, though time will tell.

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