Adam Levine Accuses 'American Idol' of Homophobia

'The Voice' judge says hit show deliberately hides the sexuality of its contestants

August 16, 2011 1:45 PM ET
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The Voice judge and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has fired shots at American Idol, claiming that the massively popular show has gone out of its way to obscure the sexuality of its contestants. "What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask that, for that to go unspoken," Levine told Out. "You can't be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can't hide basic components of these people's lives."

"The fact that The Voice didn't have any qualms about being completely open about it is a great thing," he says. Though he's proud of his show's massive success, he admits that Idol is a "cultural institution." "On The Voice, we just care about a different list of things," he says. "It's for a different type of person, I guess."

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