I wasn’t as worked up as my friendly shallow internet drama queens Wednesday morning when I peeped the entertainment news that country singer and judge of NBC’s The Voice Blake Shelton has been anointed People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Admittedly, Shelton is no Idris Elba — it’s an absolute sin that that perfect specimen of a man has yet to win People’s top hunk award. But Shelton is far from a complete slacker in the looks department: He’s tall, he’s an everyday dude, he looks good in Buffalo plaid, his beard is hot. At first glance, I’d cuddle with him.
But then I did a quick stroll down Google lane and hit a foul detour. I came upon a mess of Shelton’s since-deleted tweets that were both racist and homophobic.
So much for the nice guy.
As we all know, looks alone can’t elevate any man to the sexiest of sexy heights. That said, I wish People had taken a page from GQ. This week, the stylish menswear magazine named Colin Kaepernick its citizen of the year. I must admit, as soon as I saw the 29-year-old blackballed NFL quarterback in his leather, all-black everything ensemble, sporting quite the scrumptious Afro, I thought to myself, “Now, that really is sexy.”
The cover is one thing. But the inside spread: Colin with cornrows. Colin with tats. Colin jumping rope. Colin with the kids (think Rumble in the Jungle-era Muhammad Ali). Every pic of Colin in this issue is drool-worthy. But pictures are one thing, actions are another.
I know some of you are offended by Kaepernick’s politics. But I’m offended by Shelton’s.
Shelton disparaged his fellow Americans in his tweets. But by taking a bended knee, Kaepernick defended his/our/even your right to be American. While Shelton literally advocated for violence, Kaepernick participated in peaceful protest. Kaepernick’s message was co-opted, but his original intention was sincere.
That’s about as sexy as it gets.