Blake Shelton, who you might need a bit of help remembering is a coach on the US version of The Voice and also Gwen Stefani‘s husband, has been named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017.
???????????? @BlakeShelton is this year's #SexiestManAlive! And most importantly, he 'can't wait' to stick it to his fellow #TheVoice judge (and former SMA) @AdamLevine. ???? https://t.co/LtQ2q8QSkU pic.twitter.com/g7IilIXzxA— People (@people) November 15, 2017
Confused? So are a lot of people – not least Blake Shelton himself, who’s been taking the piss out of himself on Twitter ever since. But more on that in a minute.
Past Sexiest Men Alive include Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, John F. Kennedy, Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth, David Beckham, Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney, Patrick Swayze, Denzel Washington, and Brad Pitt (twice).
Last year’s Sexiest Man Alive was rippling man of muscles and all-round kind-hearted human, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
And this year, we have Blake… and boy, do people have a lot of feelings about the matter.
Blake Shelton is a man and he’s alive.— Imani “I Smell Sex and” Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) November 15, 2017
That’s all the credit he’s getting from me.
Blake Shelton is sexy if you like a guy who's always about to lean in and tell you about hearty, healthy, American dog food.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) November 15, 2017
even a straight man can see there's no way blake shelton is the sexiest man alive. i dont think he's even the sexiest man named blake shelton.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 15, 2017
Blake Shelton is, at best, the sexiest divorced dad at this barbecue— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) November 15, 2017
People: we’re naming Blake Shelton Sexiest Man Alive!— luisa (@itsluisagibson) November 15, 2017
Women everywhere: pic.twitter.com/X2aQ6os5MP
Part of the confusion comes from the simple fact that there are just so many other options of sexy, sexual men just dripping with sexual prowess that could have been chosen instead.
Case in point: Idris Elba.
Obviously Idris Elba won the popular vote for Sexiest Man Alive while Blake Shelton squeezed in on the electoral college. It's the election all over again.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 15, 2017
Best option: Blake Shelton resigns as Sexiest Man Alive, creating new vacancy and do over. Gov appoints Idris Elba, schedules new primaries/general. New vacancy = new process.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 15, 2017
I can't believe Russia thought Blake Shelton was the Sexiest Man Alive of 2017.— Eden Dranger (@Eden_Eats) November 15, 2017
Also, maybe Idris Elba should've campaigned more in Michigan and Ohio.
I mean wth? Did Idris Elba pass away & no one told me???— Lady J (@kujocelyn) November 15, 2017
Or, you know, any number of other menfolk doing sexy things like breathing.
Y'all are gonna tell me Blake Shelton is sexiest man alive when Jason Momoa is alive and well?! pic.twitter.com/d0ZLPXGFuQ— ????Candy Cane Cori???? (@TheCorkers) November 15, 2017
nothing but respect for MY sexiest man alive pic.twitter.com/FZSBEJAzkl— eve peyser (@evepeyser) November 15, 2017
i can’t believe alfie enoch is alive breathing and being his beautiful self. Nothing but respect for MY sexiest man alive pic.twitter.com/iquHI9QCEo— angela ???? (@enochsalfie) November 15, 2017
There’s also the tiny, huge issue of Blake Shelton’s probbo-ness. He’s got a history of homophobic and racist tweets that have seen him called out by GLAAD for the former, and forced to apologise for the latter.
But naaaaah, he’s the Sexiest Man Alive. At least he’s taking the news pretty well.
I just made a drink.. A sexy drink. #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 15, 2017
I am eating a pickle. A sexy wet pickle… #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 15, 2017
I have the hiccups… And they sound so sexy. #donthatemebecauseimbeautiful— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 15, 2017
2017 truly is a weird year.
Trump is President. Blake Shelton is the Sexiest Man Alive. Snooki better start planning her Nobel Prize speech.— Susie Meister (@susie_meister) November 15, 2017