Adam Levine uttered four words right before two of his contestants were voted off of the TV singing competition, "The Voice," on Tuesday night: "I hate this country." The result was a Twitter backlash in which Levine defended his "joke" and gave all of his followers a dose of dictionary drama, complete with definitions of the words "joke," "humorless," "light hearted" and "misunderstand."
While his reaction to the impending elimination of Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons may have gotten the Maroon 5 front man in hot water, did viewers really think he meant that he literally hated America?
Seems like Levine was just bummed because he knew that his girls weren't moving forward, and he was issuing his an under-his-breath diss to voters who keep siding with Blake Shelton's team. (Three of the show's Top 6 contestants are on Team Blake and they're all country artists.)
Sour grapes? Maybe. But anti-American? Sorry if you can't take a joke!
Let's face it, being a TV talent show judge is a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. And with multiple live shows per week, it's amazing that there aren't more incidents like this. (Levine's off-camera comment was picked up courtesy of a hot microphone.)
While some irate viewers called for a boycott of the show and Levine's immediate deportation (really?), the outspoken rock star is known for a boycott or two of his own.
In 2011 Levine issued a protest against MTV's Video Music Awards, tweeting, "The VMA's. One day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I'm drawing a line in the sand. F--- you VMA's."
And last year he boycotted a California restaurant, telling People magazine, "We used to go to this Mexican restaurant to celebrate after the Grammys but the place supported the movement to make gay marriage illegal [in California] so we bailed on that."
As for his controversial comment on "The Voice," lest we not forget Levine's not the first singer to get into trouble over a remark that was deemed anti-American.
In 2003, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines announced to a London concert audience, "Just so you know, we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas." The singer's diss -- directed at then-President George W. Bush -- caused a mega boycott from radio stations and fellow country music stars. (Toby Keith was especially miffed.) All we can say is, she's lucky Twitter wasn't around back then.
So what do you think? Does Adam Levine owe America an apology or has he already said enough?
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