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Readers were angry People chose a man with a problematic past.

Is Blake Shelton racist and homophobic?
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It didn't take long for Twitter to dig up the receipts.

Is Blake Shelton racist and homophobic?
photo: Twitter

Fans were horrified by Shelton's racism and homophobia.

Is Blake Shelton racist and homophobic?
photo: Twitter

Shelton tried to play off the criticism by reminding fans not to "hate him because he's beautiful."

Blake Shelton's response to the "Sexiest Man Alive" backlash
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But Twitter didn't want to hear it.

Is Blake Shelton racist and homophobic?
photo: Twitter

The discovery of Shelton's racist, homophobic tweets made fans question their feelings toward his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani.

Is Blake Shelton racist and homophobic?
photo: Twitter

But unfortunately, it's easy to see why Shelton was a "smart" choice.

Is Blake Shelton racist and homophobic?
photo: Twitter

"People is the magazine of choice for Trump-loving, Middle American housewives," one Twitter user acutely noted. "So it was either Blake Shelton or a semi-automatic rifle wearing a fitted henley and strap-on dildo."

However, if the magazine wants to be a player in changing the public discourse, it shouldn't appeal to racists and homophobes for the sake of sales.

Not MY "Sexiest Man Alive."