So on Tuesday night, on the American version of The Voice, Adam Levine was puzzled by the ridiculous choices made by the phone vote.
"I hate this country" he joshed, in an eye-rolling way. You know, like the way you might tell someone you love that you hate them if they eat the last Quorn cocktail sausage, or they score a day off you don't get. "I hate you" you say, but you don't mean it.
Everyone knows that, right?
Nothing to see, right?
Sorry, what's that Fox News contributor Todd Starnes?
I was watching “The Voice” last night, NBC’s singing competition and I could not believe the words coming out of my flat screen television.Todd, you'll note, just slips in that he has a flat screen television. He's no hick, with a big old clunky cathode ray tube. That's because he's a success. In America, when you're a success, your TV gets flat. If you don't like that, get the hell out of America.
It happened near the end of the two-hour episode just after country music crooner Amber Carrington had been saved from elimination by television viewers.To be fair to Todd Starnes, it must have been tricky for him watching the Mainstream Media for two hours; obviously something was going to have to give.
Coach Adam Levine was upset because two of his singers were in the bottom three – and that’s when he muttered something under his breath.
“I hate this country,” he said – apparently unaware his microphone was hot.
“I hate this country.”
Of course, under those circumstances, Levine setting fire to the flag, pissing on a soldier, and then actually suggesting that apple pie and motherhood were over-rated was going to set Todd off.
And given that none of that happened, Todd had to cling to what he could get.
So, Levine, apparently unaware that his audience were nuts, said something that could possibly be wilfully misinterpreted as being anti-patriotic. But you'd need a prism for that to work.
Have you got a prism, Todd?
Levine, the Maroon 5 frontman, is a passionate supporter of President Obama.Ah, he supported Obama last year. So, obviously, prone to being anti-American sharing that support with just half of all Americans who could be arsed to go out and vote. That's practically communism.
During the 2012 presidential election he warned the nation in a tweet: “Dear America, if you don’t re-elect @barackobama, I’m gonna lose my sh*t.”
And after Obama won re-election, Levine tweeted: “That’s what happens when you f*ck with Sesame Street.”
But, Todd, you've surely seen Adam trying to explain patiently that it was the sort of humorous remark that people say all the time?
As you might imagine the “country” didn’t take kindly to Levine’s nationally televised hissy fit. So Levine decided to use Twitter to clarify his remarks.You know that not always everything that's said in jest is going to be a guffaw party, don't you, Todd? Like when Fox claims it's fair and balanced, that sort of joke isn't one that people laugh their heads off at, right?
He was all a big joke, he explained. Oh yeah – it was a real chuckle fest.