The Voice Accused of Racism, Rigging Season 15 Winner

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As you may recall from our The Voice finale recap, the Season 15 winner was nothing if not a controversial choice.

(Just a head's up: the tweets we've harvested from the internet definitely contain spoilers on that front)

The fact that the contestants who had been hitting it out of the park week after week were suddenly falling behind struck viewers as odd.

Some suspected a conspiracy -- rigging -- at the network.

Others suspected that racism was responsible.

Some thought that it was both.

It's clear that Twitter would have chosen a very different winner than The Voice did.

And a lot of folks are so upset that they've vowed to never again allow the NBC competition series to darken their screens.

1. The Voice announced its Season 15 winner ...

The Voice announced its Season 15 winner ...
Chevel Shepherd, a white teenage yodeler, won. Viewers could not believe their eyes or ears.

2. Even Sunny Hostin couldn't contain her shock

Even Sunny Hostin couldn't contain her shock
Some would say that this is the most in-touch with Americans that any The View host has been in a while.

3. The results were difficult to miss

The results were difficult to miss
A lot of people felt that, consciously or unconsciously, The Voice's winners won because of their race.

4. Others washed their hands of the show

Others washed their hands of the show
A lot of people vowed to stop watching The Voice. We'll see how many stick to that promise.

5. Did the audience's votes even count?

Did the audience's votes even count?
A lot of reality competitions are "rigged" in that the show will maneuver some contestants to stay longer. It sounds like people think that The Voice is straight-up lying about caring about the audience's votes, which is another matter entirely.

6. Conspiracy theory or hard truth?

Conspiracy theory or hard truth?
Racism is alive and well in America. Did it play a role in handing Chevel an undeserved victory?

7. People couldn't believe their eyes

People couldn't believe their eyes
Also, not to distract from the point, but everyone's name starts with either a C or a K, which is definitely a coincidence but you really notice when you see the names all spelled out in the same tweet.

8. Is The Voice only for white people

Is The Voice only for white people
That's what some people began to suspect. That would be very unfair.

9. Did NBC put their hand on the scale?

Did NBC put their hand on the scale?
Viewers would like an explanation for why the rankings suddenly changed like they did.

10. Here's a dated reference

Here's a dated reference
The more-than-nine-year-old reference to Kanye West's antics at the VMAs does seem to apply, even if Kanye is a sore subject for many.

11. Another fan writes off the show

Another fan writes off the show
Any kind of television show can reach a breaking point with fans.

12. The final results were the opposite of what people expected

The final results were the opposite of what people expected
Hey, maybe there was a glitch or a typo? A lot of people would love to hear that announced by NBC.

13. Britney memes for all occassions

Britney memes for all occassions
The results were just plain fishy. Remember, The Voice does not have an electoral college for its votes, folks.

14. Another one quits watching

Another one quits watching
A lot of people may be realizing that they just don't have enough time in their busy schedules to watch a girl yodel her way past more talented singers.

15. They don't want to watch a show with such skewed results

They don't want to watch a show with such skewed results
Maxine Waters is an untapped resource of memes

16. Twitter sure didn't like the results

Twitter sure didn't like the results
Of course, maybe angry people are more likely to speak out on social media. Also, maybe the demographic that loves a yodeling white girl is less likely to Tweet and more likely to, if anything, post on Facebook. Just a thought.

17. People were pissed

People were pissed
Hey, at least the reaction image they used was already censored. There are kids on Twitter, you know.

18. Frowny face emojis got a lot of use

Frowny face emojis got a lot of use
You know what? This is a very fair response.

19. The outrage continues

The outrage continues
Grey's Anatomy generated a lot of usable gifs, in part because it's been on for approximately 600 years.

20. Others were in disbelief

Others were in disbelief
Yodeling is ... extremely niche

21. This wasn't the first "hiccup" this season

This wasn't the first "hiccup" this season
Adam Levine seemed to throw his own contestant under the bus. Not great from a coach.

22. People were serious about quitting

People were serious about quitting
Of course, you can always reinstall an app ... but it's a symbolic gesture, at least.

23. Maybe it was opposite day?

Maybe it was opposite day?
People don't know what to make of the results

24. It's difficult to NOT see race as a factor

It's difficult to NOT see race as a factor
Up until the finale, it seemed like everyone agreed on who was the most talented. And then suddenly the black contestants fell behind. Hmmm ...

25. Peace out

Peace out
That said, maybe people will have more hope next season. Or maybe they're really done with the show.

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