Adam Levine: ‘I Hate This Country,’ Takes To Twitter To Explain

Singer Adam Levine‘s “I hate this country” lament after “America” saved a country singer from being voted off the show The Voice was unfortunately (for him) captured by a “hot mic” — and now the star has taken to Twitter to backpedal on the remark.

Levine’s “I hate this country” utterance came, while cameras were trained on country star Blake Shelton, after country hopeful Amber Carrington was spared elimination.

It wasn’t just Carrington’s reprieve that prompted Levine’s “I hate this country” remark — to “save” the country contestant, the show lost R & B singer Judith Hill and bohemian chanteuse Sarah Simmons, to the dismay of the Maroon 5 frontman.

Levine can be seen as the results are about to be read crossing his arms and both fingers in hopes his favored contestants will be spared, and the brief remark can be heard in the clip below just after the 1:40 remark.

Predictably, Americans took to Twitter to rail against Levine for his comment, and replies included:

“Does @adamlevine get deported for saying ‘I hate this country’ on the voice tonight? lol hey US we’ll trade you for Bieber!”

Another tweeted:

“Adam Levine just said ‘I hate this country’ on TV… Not a smart move dude, not smart at all. #america”

Clip of the comment made by Levine that caused the controversy:

Levine’s “I hate this country” remark was one the singer himself defended on the service, and he sent the following tweets after his hot mic flub:

While Adam Levine’s “I hate this country” remark was probably not intended to be taken seriously, do you agree with critique that The Voice is sometimes too country-centric?