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Maroon 5’s Adam Levine apologizes for ‘I hate this country’ remark

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Patriots complain on Twitter after Maroon 5 frontman makes ‘lighthearted’ remark, perhaps unaware his mic was recording

America won’t tolerate Adam Levine‘s “unpatriotic” exasperation. TheMaroon 5 frontman drew scores of complaints for quipping “I hate this country” on an episode of The Voice, requiring a formal statement to explain his remark.

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On Tuesday night’s episode of the US series, viewers eliminated two of the three singers Levine coaches on the show. Part-way through the segment (at 1:14 in this video), Levine muttered his allegedly anti-American remark; reports suggest that the star didn’t know that his microphone was recording.

Most viewers, one would think, would understand Levine’s comment: the American public had just rebuffed his taste, rejecting two thirds of his contestants. Of course he hates them. But across the US, hundreds of viewers took Levine’s whingeing as a threat to liberty, democracy and the principles of the founding fathers.

“Hey @adamlevine this country you apparently hate so much made you rich. You’re free to leave. Try Syria. I hear it’s nice this time of year,”wrote one patriot. “Can we send Seal Team 6 after him?” enquired anotherOthers suggested Levine “move to a communist country”.

Initially, Levine tried to laugh off the incident. After the episode aired, he tweeted dictiontary definitions for “joke”“humourless” , “lighthearted”and “misunderstand”. But America is very serious about its anti-Americans, and whether due to public or network pressure, by Wednesday afternoon his publicist was distributing a penitent press release.

“I obviously love my country very much,” Levine avowed. “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.”

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Levine has appeared on The Voice since its debut in 2011, and coached season one winner, Javier Colon. Maroon 5’s fourth album, Overexposed, debuted at No 2 last June.

[Photo of Adam Levine via Flickr user kpfellows]


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