In the eyes of The Voice fans, Blake Shelton can do no wrong.
People love everything about the country singer, from his chart-topping hits to his relationship with Gwen Stefani to his cheeky sense of humor. Plus, there’s the fact that he has mentored a champion more times than any other coach over the course of the reality series. But even with a record number of Voice wins, nobody is perfect—and Blake may have accidentally turned a few supporters against him.
During Tuesday night’s episode, Blake took the stage with his friend and fellow country star Trace Adkins to perform their single “Hell Right.”
Throughout their back-country duet, the Southern natives shared spoken-word narratives about partying and the chorus offered one repetitive piece of advice: “If you gonna raise hell then you better damn raise hell right.” When the performance was over, Blake grabbed the mic and said “Merry Christmas, America.”
While the live audience erupted with cheers, some Voice viewers at home weren’t as pleased.
“I am disappointed in Blake and Trace. I like them both, but I don’t think we need more swearing to be cool and hip,” one critic wrote. Others agreed the lyrics were inappropriate and called Blake a “hypocrite” for mentioning Christmas after singing “Hell Right.”
Of course, there were people who loved the “amazing” duet—and even called on the singers to make more music together.
Blake—who has been known to clap back at haters on Twitter—has not responded to the criticism surrounding his latest performance. “Hell Right” actually stirred up controversy when it was first released, but that didn’t stop the single from reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100—and if we had to guess, a few angry Voice fans won’t stop Blake from singing whatever he wants.