In an age of instant replay and constant scrutiny for public figures, it is easy to imagine that celebrities’ comments could easily be misrepresented or taken out of context. Even a much-loved pop star such like Adam Levine is not immune to such hoopla. A recent remark about voting results on his hit show, The Voice, has resulted in a need for him to speak up in his own defense.
Upon the exit of two beloved contestants, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons, Levine apparently expressed his distress over the departure by uttering the words “I hate this country.” While the celeb judge maintains the comment to be an innocently humorous response to voting results on the show, backlash was quick to erupt. Twitter responses ranged from critique over the star’s patriotism to comical musings over whether or not he might be deported over such a quote.
The easygoing singer, however, was happy to use the social media platform to defend what he calls a “joke.” Admitting that he can be “impulsive,” 34 year-old Levine goes on to praise the USA, reinforcing that he “obviously” loves his country. Although he expresses frustration towards the unnecessary mini-uproar, he seems to take the situation in stride, maintaining a sense of humor and perspective.
The Maroon 5 singer’s lighthearted approach to even a potentially negative situation such as this establishes his popularity on The Voice. With certain judges on the show playing musical chairs in recent seasons, Levine’s presence remains a steadfast reminder that his comic relief, coupled with experience, is an invaluable asset to the NBC show. Despite controversy or scandal, any Voice hopeful would be very excited to see Levine’s chair spin around during their blind audition.