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Adam Levine doesn't really hate America -- they just had a lover's quarrel. During Tuesday's episode of The Voice, the Maroon 5 frontman muttered "I hate this country" after two members of his team were voted off by viewers. A Twitter backlash immediately followed, and the next day, Levine felt the need to explain himself to Us Weekly.
"I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," he said. "Last night's elimination of Judith [Hill] and Sarah [Simmons] was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results."
Makes sense to us -- but will Adam's fans be as forgiving? Celebrities who dare to criticize the U.S. of A. put themselves in a tricky position. Here are 7 other stars whose comments about America led to a fall-out.
Celebrity: Natalie Maines
Comment: In 2003, Maines told the audience at a Dixie Chicks concert that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
Fall-Out: Maines' red-state audience didn't appreciate her anti-Bush sentiments, and many country stations boycotted her music. Maines has stood her ground, saying, "I was right from the beginning, because it's my right as an American to speak up and question our President, have my point of view, have my opinion, question what I want to question, and say what I want to say about our government."
Celebrity: Kanye West
Comment: During a live post-Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005, West blurted out, "George W. Bush doesn't care about black people."
Fall-Out: The rapper was widely criticized for his spontaneous remark, which Dubya later described as "one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency." But it was nothing compared to the backlash West experienced in 2009, when he interrupted Taylor Swift's MTV VMAs speech.
Celebrity: Donald Trump
Comment: During President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Trump became the celebrity face of the "birther" conspiracy theorists, claiming that Obama was not born in America.
Fall-Out: Between his birth-certificate theories and his own short-lived presidential run, Trump lost a lot of credibility. But did the Celebrity Apprentice host have that much to begin with?
Celebrity: Lupe Fiasco
Comment: The rapper was reportedly pulled offstage after protesting Barack Obama's military policy at an inauguration event for Barack Obama.
Fall-Out: Lupe's views were familiar to fans, but because of the inauguration backlash, his management now tries to downplay his political opinions. The rant may have also caused hip-hop supergroup CRS -- consisting of Fiasco, Kanye West and Pharrell -- to disband.
Celebrity: Whoopi Goldberg
Comment: At a 2004 rally for John Kerry, Goldberg performed a semi-obscene comedy routine making fun of George W. Bush.
Fall-Out: The comedienne was attacked by the right-wing media, admonished by the Kerry campaign, and dropped as a Slim-Fast spokeswoman.
Celebrity: Martin Sheen
Comment: "George W Bush is like a bad comic working the crowd, a moron, if you'll pardon the expression," Sheen told the media in February 2001.
Fall-Out: Since Sheen's liberal views are well-known, and his comments came at the low point of Bush's popularity, the West Wing star didn't lose any friends over this. (He probably didn't make any, either.)
Celebrity: Clint Eastwood
Comment: The actor made jaws drop with his surprise appearance at the 2012 Republican National Convention, when he had an imaginary, critical "conversation" with Barack Obama (represented by an empty chair).
Fall-Out: The reaction to Eastwood's bizarre performance was overwhelmingly negative, but he didn't care. "The Democrats who were watching thought I was going senile and the Republicans knew I was!" he joked on Ellen afterwards. Following the speech, Obama supporter Beyonce dropped out of an upcoming Eastwood film -- which may or may not be a coincidence.