Calling it "the decay of Western civilization," Adam Levine recently added "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" to his growing list of pop culture phenomena that is bad for society.
"That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That's. Ever. Happened," the Maroon 5 star told a reporter for GQ.
The TV program to which the "Voice" mentor refers is a controversial reality show revolving around Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, a hick pageant girl whose family likes mud pits and Mountain Dew.
"It's complete f-cking ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids," the rocker said of the culture in which the pageant girl is being raised.
Thompson's unsophisticated parents have been maligned by the media for exploiting their daughter and feeding her junk food. Mama June, for instance, plies Boo Boo with a caffeine rich drink called Go Go Juice, offering a bizarre defense for her questionable beverage choice. "There are far worse things," she said. "I could be giving her alcohol."
The controversial TV show -- which some other celebs find more campy than contemptible -- is not the only thing that offends the mentor on NBC's popular singing contest.
Last summer he lashed out at "American Idol" for subtly closeting its gay contestants. "What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask [singers' sexuality], for that to go unspoken," he said. "C'mon. You can't be publicly gay? At this point? On a singing competition? Give me a break. You can't hide basic components of these people's lives."
Though he claimed his show "The Voice" is more friendly to gay people than "American Idol," two of the show's coaches had to apologize for openly anti-gay remarks, whereas the Fox show once had the openly gay Ellen DeGeneres on its judging panel. On the other hand, it could be argued that Adam Lambert's sudden liberation after he left "Idol" suggests he may have been discouraged from being authentic while he was still in the talent competition.
People who pounce on celebrities for gaining weight are also on Levine's list of "Things That Annoy Me." Last month on "Ellen," the popular guitar player lashed out at pound-counters who made a snide comment about his co-star Christina Aguilera's figure. "It's a very basic thing," he said. "She should be left alone. No one should bother or haggle her about her weight or anything she does or says. So, that's it. That's how I feel about it."
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