Adam Levine Mutters ‘I Hate This Country’ on National Television [UPDATE]

Adam Levine — Maroon 5 lead singer, The Voice coach and de facto president of lax bros everywhere — is in a bit of a pickle this morning, after a hot mic caught him muttering “I hate this country” on The Voice last night.

Levine’s loose-lipped slip-up came after Amber Carrington was spared elimination, making her the last member of Team Adam still on the show. It is unclear whether the object of Levine’s disdain is the entire country — which “saved” Carrington, as Carson Daley phrased it — or just country music — which Carrington sings. Either way, there was quite a backlash online for Levine’s remarks, many people calling him a “communist.” Side note: at what point did the word “communist” stop referring to practitioners of a specific form of government and become an umbrella term meaning “person I hate?”

Immediately acknowledging his mistake, Levine took to Twitter, where he posted the definitions of joke, humorless, lighthearted and misunderstand.

Whatever he was referring to, the real loser here is Carrington who now knows that she was not the one her supposed coach was hoping would advance to the show’s next round.

UPDATE: Speaking with Us Weekly, Levine has responded to the controversy:

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.

Former contestant Katrina Parker has also written exclusively on Celebuzz about Levine’s comments.