Sweet Adam Levine Defends Gays, Bashes 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

Adam Levine
Adam Levine
In the new issue of Out magazine, Maroon 5 singer and coach on The Voice, Adam Levine, recently called out American Idol on something that's been bugging me for a long time. AI may have kept its gay contestants closeted for as long as possible. Who knows why -- for its family-friendly time slot, for ratings, for some other ludicrous reason? But Levine strongly alleges this and it certainly feels true, which is also, of course, totally wrong.

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I got sucked pretty quickly into The Voice in its first season. There was a much more diverse group of singers, it wasn't all about making a perfect-looking, cookie-cutter, Top 40 star, and the four celebrity judges actually had a hand in the creative process -- as one-on-one coaches to the contestants too, which made the show much more complex, meaningful, satisfying -- and addictive!

What was the most refreshing, however, was the fact that you really felt like the contestants were getting to be and perform as their authentic selves. The show really celebrated what made them unique and made them shine. This included but was definitely not limited to the fact that many of the gay contestants were out about their sexuality. In fact, it was no big thing. What a concept! And as it should be. Because while a person's sexuality should be "no big thing" in society, it should also not be forced underground and hidden away -- because it's nothing to be ashamed of and it's an integral part of who every person is.

Sadly, it might be more like "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" over on American Idol, as Season 1 contestant Jim Verraros was asked by FOX to remove all the "gay comments" from his online journal. Then it took several years for Clay Aiken to come out after Idol (could have been a personal preference, but was it?), and I'm sure it's no coincidence that Adam Lambert didn't come out publicly until after he was named the runner-up and the show ended for that season.

Levine blasts American Idol for allegedly disallowing gay contestants be out on the show:

What's always pissed me off about Idol is wanting to mask [homosexuality], for that to go unspoken. 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.

Oh and in case any of you ladies are wondering, no, Adam Levine is not gay, but his brother is, which is why he's such a beautiful advocate! Let's hope American Idol learns a little something from The Voice in time for next season.

Do you think American Idol kept gays closeted, as Levine alleges?

 

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