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Adam Levine Under Fire for 'I Hate This Country' Comment

'The Voice' coach muttered remark after two of his contestants were cut

May 29, 2013 1:35 PM ET
Adam Levine
Adam Levine
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Adam Levine is under fire for his controversial comment on last night's episode of The Voice. After his contestants Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons were eliminated – leaving Amber Carrington as his team's sole survivor – the Maroon 5 singer and coach on The Voice seemingly muttered "I hate this country" into a live mic while off-screen. Levine took to Twitter after the show, sarcastically defending himself in a series of tweets that posted dictionary definitions to the words "joke," "humorless," "lighthearted" and "misunderstand." 

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Fans and The Voice viewers reacted swiftly on Twitter. Lots were incensed by Levine's comment, but many others have defended him. A few highlights and selected tweets follow below.

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