Adam Levine is firing back at complaints over his "I hate this country" remark on Tuesday's edition of The Voice. The judge muttered the comment during a tense elimination round that resulted in the departures of two of his contestants, Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill, both of whom were judge favorites.
Meanwhile, one of Blake Shelton's singers, Holly Tucker, snagged the last spot among the top eight on the NBC singing competition. (When her name was announced, Tucker -- an aspiring country star from Texas -- seemed genuinely surprised. Shelton applauded while Levine fumed.)
"Adam Levine just said 'I hate this country' on TV... Not a smart move, dude. Not smart at all. #america," wrote a critic on Twitter. Another sniped: "If Adam Levine really said, 'I hate this country' can we send Seal Team 6 after him?"
Still, others tweeted in defense of Levine, with one viewer writing: "The two best singers on @NBCTheVoice got voted off, I agree with Adam, 'I hate this country.' It's not the voice, it's the country show."
Levine's response? A litany of tweets citing dictionary definitions for "joke," " humorless," "misunderstand" and "lighthearted."
hu·mor·less(hymr-ls)adj.1. Lacking a sense of humor.2. Said or done without humor— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) May 29, 2013