Cee Lo Green’s 2012 is already off to a rough start. The singer took the stage last night in Times Square to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” as part of the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” broadcast, but instead of singing the song as it was originally written, Green added his own twist.

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During the song, Green changed Lennon’s original lyrics, “Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too” to “Nothing to kill or die for, And all religion’s true,” which immediately caused an uproar on Twitter amongst Lennon fans. Green later took to Twitter to explain the change, insisting he meant no disrespect to the original song.

“Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all,” Green wrote. “I meant all faith or belief is valid…that’s all.”

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Unfortunately, Green’s apology did little to ease fans, and within minutes a full-on Twitter war ensued. Green began dishing out several profanity-laced tweets to angry fans and even told one follower, “F**k you! Happy New Year!” reports The Huffington Post.

As of this morning, Green’s expletive-filled responses to the Twitter backlash have been deleted from his account.

Do you think Green should have changed the original lyrics to John Lennnon’s song?


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