Adam Levine made a startling confession on The Voice on Tuesday night. He is anti-country.
Levine muttered, “I hate this country,” after two of his contestants–Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons–were voted off the show by the fans. Meanwhile, Amber Carrington, an aspiring country singer, had the backing of the fans and advanced to the next round.
Levine’s remark sent a shock wave across the social media landscape. At least that is what the media wants you to think. The Star-Ledger’s Janelle Griffith and Esther Zuckerman of the Atlantic Wire wrote how fans wanted Levine fired and/or deported. I have only seen three tweets demanding Levine to be fired. Otherwise, the message of the general public seems to be, “Why so serious?”
Then again, maybe there was a mob torches and pitchforks waiting outside his door. Why else would Levine have to tweet the definitions of humorless, joke, lighthearted, and misunderstand? Levine also issued an apology during an interview with US Weekly. Levine said, “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.”
Levine haters need to relax. The media also needs to quit making a big deal out of this. Yes, writing about this kind of goes against what I am saying, but I am trying to make a point. Who cares if Adam Levine hates country music? Everyone is different. I have friends who do not like baseball. Does that mean I should run them out of town for not loving “America’s National Past Time”? No. What if Adam Levine really does hate America? It would be dumb on his part because many Americans paid money to attend Maroon 5 concerts. He also has to thank America for watching shows like The Voice. Yet, several Americans do not like our government, and that in a way can be considered hating America.
Overall, this is not a story. This is a matter of interpretation. A debate at best. We live in a country with freedom of speech. This should not be a big deal. America should relax and forgive Adam Levine. James Poniewozik said it best when he tweeted, “Hands up (1) who believes Adam Levine actually hates the United States of America (2) who cares.”