Bitter non-nominee or voice of the people?
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine won’t be attending Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards — and not just because his band isn’t up for any of the show’s many moonmen trophies.
“The VMAs [are the] one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music,” The Voice mentor, 32, tweeted Saturday. “I’m drawing a line in the sand. F–k you, VMAs.”
MTV responded minutes later via Twitter, telling the “Moves Like Jagger” singer: “Soooo you’ll be tuning in at 9/8C tomorrow right? (BTW, bonus points if you TwitPic your 2004 Moonman!)”
Less than 30 minutes later, Levine — currently on tour with Train and Gavin DeGraw — said he has no qualms about making the bold statement on Twitter.
“Still waiting to have my ‘Jerry Maguire mission statement moment of deep regret,'” he wrote. “Not happening. Phew!”
Adam Levine may view “American Idol” as a “cultural institution,” as he tells Out magazine in its latest issue, but there’s at least one thing about the show that sets him off.
“The Voice” coach and musician vented to the magazine about what he sees as the Fox show’s downplaying of contestants’ sexuality. (The network declined to comment on Levine’s remarks.)
“What’s always pissed me off about ‘Idol’ is wanting to mask that, 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. The fact that ‘The Voice’ didn’t have any qualms about being completely [open] about it is a great thing.”
Levine adds that he can “single-handedly dispel any ideas that sexuality is acquired. Trust me, you’re born with it. My brother is gay, and we knew when he was two,” he went on. “We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK.”
As far as any guesses about his own sexuality, “there’s no way to hide my straightness,” the “Moves Like Jagger” singer said.
“But if people didn’t think there was a small chance I was gay, then I wouldn’t be doing my job very well,” he went on. “Look at the best ones, guys whose sexuality was always questioned. Bowie. Jagger. Freddie Mercury. I wouldn’t be the front man of a band if that question hadn’t come up at some point.”