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Adam Levine refuses to redneckognize. In a new GQ interview, the Maroon 5 singer has a few choice words for the stars of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the TLC reality hit about seven-year-old pageant queen Alana Thompson and her family.
"Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn't mean it's good," Levine scoffed.
The Voice judge didn't stop there. "So many people witness atrocities and can't take their eyes away from them, but that doesn't mean they're good," he fumed. "That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That's. Ever. Happened."
Why the strong feelings about Honey Boo Boo? "It's complete f***ing ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F*** those people," Levine declared. "You can put that in the magazine: F*** those idiots. They're just the worst. Sorry, I'm so sensitive to that -- like, I don't know, man, it's upsetting. Just to clarify, I said, 'F*** those people!'"
That's some pretty intense bashing for a family that's done nothing worse than give their daughter "go-go juice" and coach her for talent competitions. Yes, we know that it's fashionable to trash Honey Boo Boo, just like it was trendy to talk smack about Jersey Shore when it premiered in 2009. But calling it an "atrocity" and "the decay of Western civilization?" We have to wonder if he's even seen the show; for our money, the Thompsons have more genuine love for each other than the Kardashians and a better perspective on life than most of the Real Housewives. Their parenting styles and extracurricular activities (child beauty pageants, jumping in mud puddles) may be in questionable taste, but less questionable than the three steady years of nonstop drinking and clubbing that The Situation engaged in. Most importantly, the Thompsons have a sense of humor about themselves, and seem pretty unfazed by their newfound fame. As reality stars go, there are far worse role models than June and her brood.
So why does the show make people like Levine so angry? For him, it seems personal: he doesn't want his hard work as a mentor on The Voice lumped into the same "reality TV" category as shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. And it's true: they're totally different things. But let's face it: June Thompson isn't going to destroy Western civilization, and Adam Levine isn't going to save it. As long as people are being entertained by The Voice and Honey Boo Boo, they'll find room for both on the DVR.