Have you been properly outraged today?
If not (and you're one of the people who's into that sort of thing), please consider the following statement by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, made after two of his three remaining contestants were eliminated from Tuesday night's episode of 'The Voice': "I hate this country."
He didn't mean for it to be heard; his mic was on and he was referring to American voters' snubbing of his contestants. But that's the nature of live TV -- his voice was broadcast throughout America, and resultingly loads of people are disproportionately angry about it. Or at least, the normal group of people who get angry about this sort of thing.
According to these faceless angry masses, Levine's comments were insensitive following the tragedies in Boston and Oklahoma. The proximity to the Memorial Day holiday apparently made the offense worse because, as we all know, there is a three-week period of red-blooded patriotism required of all Americans following Memorial Day, which is subsequently multiplied by the number of recent tragedies.
Levine took to Twitter to defend himself against the raging winds of controversy later that night, tweeting definitions for "joke," "humorless," "lighthearted," and "misunderstand."
A more politically correct statement came later from Levine through 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.”
The Voice airs its next episode Monday, June 3 at 8/7c on NBC.