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People's Pick for Sexiest Man Alive Has the Internet Extremely Confused

Allie Gemmill is an avid writer, cinephile, Ravenclaw, and pizza enthusiast. She regularly writes on film and television with a special focus on women’s involvement & influence in Hollywood. Additionally, she has bylines at Bustle, Keyfr...

This Blake Shelton news is controversial

It's that time of year again, that special time when People magazine announces who they have chosen as the Sexiest Man Alive for the year. But prepare yourself, because People's choice is going to inspire strong feelings within you one way or another, and you may find yourself in good company if you happen to strongly dislike People's choice.

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On Tuesday evening, it was announced that Blake Shelton is People's Sexiest Man Alive 2017. That's right. The country crooner who likes to mess around with The Voice co-judge Adam Levine and date the heck out of his other Voice co-judge Gwen Stefani. That Blake Shelton.

Shelton couldn't contain his excitement at earning the coveted pop-culture superlative. In fact, in his People profile for the Sexiest Man announcement, he joked that he "can’t wait to shove this up Adam’s ass," going on to say, "As proud as I am and honored that you guys asked me, that’s really the only thing I care about."

He also took a moment to remark how Stefani was encouraging him to totally live in the moment and get pumped about being the Sexiest Man Alive. "She goes, ‘Listen to me, you’re going to regret this for the rest of your life if you don’t take this gift and just live in the moment," he told People.

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So, it's all well and good that Shelton and Stefani are pleased with this news, but what about the rest of us?

If you, like the writer of this news and, well, the entire damn internet are scratching your head, your confusion isn't entirely unfounded. Listen, we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we can't harsh too much on the choice. However, with previous Sexiest Men alum Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Channing Tatum and Chris Hemsworth and notable 2016 choice Dwayne Johnson as the precedent, there's something that feels a bit, well, off about Shelton, right? No? Just me?

Turns out, it's not just me. Many folks on Twitter (this is just one tiny, tiny portion of the reactions, fam) feel like there were plenty of other choices for Sexiest Man Alive — and they didn't waste time making their feelings known.

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Of course, it wasn't a total pile-on — just a lot of people with questions, concerns and strong emotions. But while it seemed like most folks were not excited by news of Shelton's newfound status as the Sexiest Man Alive, there were some who reacted pleasantly.

So, I guess the big question is: Does Shelton deserve to be People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2017? I'll leave that decision up to you. Something tells me you know the right answer.

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