As two of Adam Levine’s team members, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, waited on stage to find out if they would be saved by America on The Voice last night, Adam muttered, almost under his breath, “I hate this country,” after which, apparently, a storm of twitter hate rained upon the Maroon 5 frontman’s head. For instance:
“Adam Levine just said ‘I hate this country’ on TV… Not a smart move, dude. Not smart at all. #america,” wrote a critic on Twitter. Another sniped: “If Adam Levine really said, ‘I hate this country’ can we send Seal Team 6 after him?”
The remark barely registered with me. After all, who hasn’t been “mad at America” after a favorite singer has been eliminated? I’ve been known to tweet similar sentiments along the lines of, “America? YOU SUCK!” after what I felt was a particularly boneheaded verdict.
Of course, I don’t actually believe America sucks! I MEAN C’MON I LOVE AMERICA. As I’m sure Adam Levine does too!
Adam eventually responded to the haters early this morning in a series of tweets. I’m giving him a pass on this one.
Corrected to reflect the actual timing of the remark
UPDATE: Adam has issued a statement via NBC
“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.”