Adam Levine and his “I hate this country,” remark on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice has landed the singer in a bit of hot water.
Levine made the remark after Carson Daly revealed that America had voted to save country music singer Amber Carrington is one of Levine’s contestants. Unfortunately for Adam, the remark was caught on his microphone which was still “live” while the camera was focussed on his fellow coach Blake Shelton.
Oddly, the remark did not seem to fit the events on the show as one of Levine’s singers had been voted to stay on the show. Of course earlier in the evening two of his other contestants had been voted off by the American public, frontrunner Judith Hill and the soul singer Sarah Simmons.
The American public felt that Adam was perhaps being a bit too passionate about the decision to send two of his team home. Their reaction to his “muttered” off camera remark struck a flat note with viewers. When the camera finished observing Blake Shelton and panned over to Levine he was, by then, grinning and crossing fingers on both hands as he awaited the news.
Soon after the remark, Twitter exploded with angry calls for him to be fired from the show, deported, or otherwise penalized for his unplanned unpatriotic quip.
When Twitter fans prolonged their outrage at Adam Levine saying I hate this country on air, it looked like the Maroon 5 singer might just get the Twitter version of getting tarred and feathered.
Adam then decided to get on Twitter himself and he tweeted the following message, “Joke- noun 1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or prankish act.”
Today, Levine spoke to US Weekly about the remark and what was going through his head at the time of his “overheard” comment. “I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration.Last night’s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results.”
Adam Levine now has only one team member left, country singer Amber Carrington; followed his first tweet with more dictionary definitions of “humorless,” “lighthearted” and “misunderstand.” It seems that many of his over four million followers on the social media website, got the joke.
Several of his followers tweeted back with references to him as, “Adam the Dictionary,” and another one tweeted, “I love how you handle things haha.”
With all the animosity that his “off-camera” remark has provoked, Levine has released a statement through his spokesperson that read, “I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration … Being a part of ‘The Voice,’ I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed. Last night’s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results. I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show.”
We think that if Adam Levine doesn’t get fired, or deported, the next time he feels like saying, “I hate this country,” he’ll make sure his microphone switch is in the off position.
By Michael Smith