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Watch: CMA Hosts Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire Mock Jake Gyllenhaal with Gay Joke


On the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Award telecast last night, hosts Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire had the audience roaring with laughter with a 'wink wink' gay joke about Jake Gyllenhaal.

McEntire: "What in the world was Jake Gyllenhaal thinkin' anyway, [to break up with Taylor Swift?]"

Shelton: "Wait a minute. He was in Brokeback Mountain."


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  1. Dolly Parton still has 'gay days' at Dollywood. Go Dolly!!

    Posted by: Eddie | Apr 4, 2011 1:23:30 PM

  2. @Rob,

    Hicks? I thought 'poor' rural white folks who like country music [and others] were members of the proletariat? You know, the proletariat 'Hicks' so-called 'Progressives' like you advocate for?

    Truth be know, 'Progressives' in America really only advocate for politically correct 'Proletarians', i.e. those so-called minorities with darker skin tones, Spanish last names, etc., who're 'Oppressed' by the white 'Hicks', right Rob?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 4, 2011 1:23:45 PM

  3. A character on Desperate Housewives last night called another gay character a "homo," but no one's going to complain about that because Marc Cherry, the creator, is gay (I'm not complaining about it either, since I'm a huge fan of the show and there is some context; the comment was hilarious, and I'm one gay dude who can take a joke). But this generates backlash? Hypocritical much?

    Posted by: finkles2000 | Apr 4, 2011 1:31:07 PM

  4. My first reaction before watching the clip was quite wrathful. HOWEVER, after watching the clip, it's innocuous.

    The gist of the joke: Why did Jake breakup with Taylor?

    Punchline: He must be gay. No wonder. That makes sense.

    It's a dumb joke, but innocent. It's not making fun of gays.

    It's like saying, why was Brad Pitt seen ordering a veggie burger at a restaurant? Oh, because he played a vegetarian in a movie.

    It's a stupid joke. It's not spiteful or homophobic. But, if you want to believe it is, go ahead.

    Sounds like Fancy didn't let me down after all.

    Posted by: DaVinciSmetana | Apr 4, 2011 1:32:05 PM

  5. And people on here talk about homophobia. Try reading through all of the comments on here with their disdain of small-town America. Ouch. What's the lesson here? Some forms of hate are justified?

    Posted by: DaVinciSmetana | Apr 4, 2011 1:33:45 PM

  6. Lame joke, but not exactly hateful. The people calling McIntyre a homophobe are probably not familiar with her career.

    Her sitcom "Reba" surprised me with an episode called "Role Model" which featured a transgender teen portrayed sympathetically. And she's given interviews to the gay press supporting her gay fans.

    Posted by: dh | Apr 4, 2011 1:58:21 PM

  7. Whatevs!!! Cuntry music at its best. I turned off my tv when this came on.

    Posted by: chadSF | Apr 4, 2011 2:00:33 PM

  8. This is exactly why Hollywood, commercials, and radio are scared to show any mention of gay people. Everytime they do, people jump on them for being "homophobic". LIGHTEN UP.

    Posted by: Come on... | Apr 4, 2011 2:36:38 PM

  9. Take note gays, this is how you respond:

    "how clever! too bad you look like a cross-eyed monkey in a red wig, Reba. whoops sorry, almost forgot.... wink wink!"

    LOL - Thanks EO! It was a joke, dated, but still a joke. Moving on...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 4, 2011 2:40:09 PM

  10. it's not THAT offensive. it's just lame old people humor.

    Posted by: mj | Apr 4, 2011 2:55:13 PM

  11. Country music is OUR music, too; some of the best LesBiGay singer/songwriters belong to the Country/Folk genre. But something must be done to address the anti-Gay feeling that has dominated Nashville for far too long. Most Country acts nowadays know they have large Gay followings. LGBT fans need to let them know they won't stand for this homophobic crap. Forget about reclaiming sexual slurs, people; we should be about reclaiming the mainstream! The schools, the churches, public spaces, the culture. You're only as marginalized as you think you are.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 4, 2011 3:06:01 PM

  12. Sorry I don't see it as anti gay gang. Reba has been very pro gay in the past. I actually love that they are talking about Brokeback and making jokes it shows how far it has penetrated into the culture.

    Posted by: timothyjames24 | Apr 4, 2011 3:34:00 PM

  13. Making comments like country music is just full of bigots and homophopics is being just as judgemental and prejudice. You are no better then them. In fact you are worse for lowering yourselfs to slinging accusations and negative comments about Reba "plastic surgery". Enough is enough, how do we expect to advance the cause for homosexuality when our own community is full of bigots.

    Posted by: bharing | Apr 4, 2011 4:47:52 PM

  14. What's everyone getting all worked up about?

    If any guy breaks up with Taylor Swift, the guy must be a big homo.

    And if any guy breaks up with Renee Zellweger, they must be homos as well. (Didn't Kenny Chesney get divorced from her and Renee labelled their marriage as fraud?)

    Posted by: Vic Stern | Apr 4, 2011 5:00:03 PM

  15. Don't know why gays support these two-faced Divas....

    Posted by: alan brickman | Apr 4, 2011 6:36:48 PM

  16. An evening of Pseudo-Ritz Crackers.

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 4, 2011 9:35:23 PM

  17. Ignorant rednecks looking like the stupid hillbillies they are!

    Posted by: Frederick | Apr 4, 2011 9:47:10 PM

  18. 't it interesting how we as gays are always told to lighten up? at the exact time there are million dollar campaigns to strip us of every right in this country. NO THANKS.....WE WILL NOT LIGHTEN UP UNTIL WE HAVE FULL EQUALITY! When you take jabs, cslams and homophobic humor at those already experiencing injustice in legislation..expect them to be upset. Anyone defending this is an apologist who likes being a second class citizen. Many of us have more dignity than that. should be ashamed.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Apr 4, 2011 10:02:40 PM

  19. lol it was funny on the hosts part. Reba looks great she's no homophobe. now that audience can go either way but you can't blame that on the hosts.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 4, 2011 11:06:03 PM

  20. Country singers = ignorant rednecks = lame gay jokes.

    All the same. Most of you are really no better. Congrats on your comebacks being about as original as the joke.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 4, 2011 11:31:09 PM

  21. It's just a joke, it's not like they went out with torches and pitchforks looking for him... it's just a corny joke... It's not like it was Pat Robertson and Anita Bryant...

    Posted by: MistyQ | Apr 5, 2011 12:01:55 AM

  22. I think it was at last year's show that Reba made an Elton John "queen" joke within three minutes of her opening monologue. And sure enough, within the first few minutes of this year's show, she did it again with her Jake joke. Guess what, you homophobic dick---my mom and dad and I immediately changed the channel and watched Mythbusters instead.

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 5, 2011 12:19:50 AM

  23. Saturday NIght Live and other network comedy shows made Brokeback jokes years ago at Jake's expense. And it's not ok for the CMA's to make them now?

    C'mon! The joke was poor (as most of the Brokeback jokes were) but Jake has since HOSTED Saturday Night Live (making fun of his role in Brokeback - and gay cowboys) himself. Who cried foul then?

    Well, I did cry foul then, but it's not fair to pillory CMA's now when it's really been done before by supposedly "friendly" shows.

    Posted by: TomJ | Apr 5, 2011 12:46:12 AM

  24. Typical commercial country music - always about a decade behind the times. Brokeback jokes were stale five YEARS ago.

    It's mariachi music for crackers.

    Posted by: Jacknasty | Apr 5, 2011 1:18:10 AM

  25. So...everyone...relax, have a laugh, and let's learn to get along, even with them Country music people.

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Apr 4, 2011 10:47:16 AM

    Now lets flip this and say it was the B.E.T Awards would you have thought it was harmless then?

    Posted by: Chris Da Chocolatebearcub | Apr 5, 2011 3:06:47 AM

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