Levine: 'I hate this country' remark stirs 'Voice' controversy

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   May 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM   |   Comments

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May 29 (UPI) -- The hot mic nabs another victim: This time it cought "The Voice" coach Adam Levine, who said his seemingly unpatriotic comment on Tuesday night's broadcast was just a joke.

Levine was having a rough night, as voters cut two of his best singers, Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons.

While the camera was focused on fellow coach Blake Shelton, Levine can be heard saying "I hate this country."

(You can hear the comment at the 1:14 mark.)

While his comment was probably more of a general expression of frustration with how the voting was going on the popular singing competition, Levine still felt pressed to try to explain his comments in a series of tweets.

"Joke--noun," he wrote early Wednesday morning. "1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or prankish act."

He followed "joke" up with definitions for "humorless," "light-hearted" and "misunderstand."

Although he had received some criticism for his comments, at least one person suggested we all heard him wrong:

"Adam clearly meant to say "I hate country (music)," one person tweeted, a nod to the ongoing rivalry between Levine, who fronts Maroon 5, and Shelton, who proudly touts his country music cred.

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