Cee-Lo Green may have offended some people with the lyrics of his 2011 hit, “Fuck You,” but it was a more subtle sentence that sent fans into a Twitter rage.
“The Voice” coach rang in 2012 on ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” broadcast by singing John Lennon’s classic, “Imagine.”
Green, dressed in a giant fur coat and dripping in jewelry, sang the iconic song verbatim until he came to the verse that originally says, “Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too.”
Green changed the lyric to, “Nothing to kill or die for / And all religion’s true.”
Apparently, the altered lyric was unimaginable to scores of Lennon fans, who blasted the singer on Twitter, calling the change “sacrilegious.”
Some fans were outraged:
@kejames Dear Cee-Lo Green, To quote you accurately, “F**k you,” signed, me.
@ElayneBooser If Cee Lo Green is going to sing “nothing 2 kill or die 4”, he shouldn’t b wearing FUR when he does. Shallow asshat. #tailsofjoy
The Gnarls Barkley singer posted two apologetic tweets, which have since been deleted:
“Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys!” followed by, “I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all.”