Adam Levine Lets His Ignorant Flag Fly, Says Honey Boo Boo Is Treated In ‘Most Despicable Way’ By Parents

Adam LevineAdam Levine, the frontman for Maroon 5 who likes to think that he moves like Jagger, has some harsh and narrow-minded criticism for the parents of Honey Boo Boo. Some excellent interviewer over at GQ asked the judge of The Voice what was scarier: Waking up and not being famous or waking up as one of Honey Boo Boo’s parents? Levine’s response wasn’t just hostile. He went into almost apoplectic shock trying to describe just how much he hates Alana Thomspon‘s family.

“Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good. So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good. That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened.


It’s complete f*cking ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F*ck those people. You can put that in the magazine: F*ck those idiots. They’re just the worst. Sorry, I’m so sensitive to that—like, I don’t know, man, it’s upsetting.”

Adam Levine is sensitive. And he’s upset. And apparently, he’s ignorant to the real horrible things that befall children in our own country every day. That’s the only explanation for him charging that Honey Boo Boo is treated in “the most despicable way.”

Listen, I’m not a huge Honey Boo Boo fan. I don’t particularly like child beauty pageants. That being said, Mama June and her husband seem to be pretty loving parents. For all of their eccentricities and “redneck” boasting, they seem dedicated to their kids. Mrs. Thompson has spoken thoughtfully on saving the money her family is making to help put her kids through college.

Sure, they have no problem with flatulence on camera. They buy random farm animals. They coupon a lot. They might even have some serious nutrition issues. But that does not make this family the downfall of society. It doesn’t make them even close to the most despicable parents I’ve ever heard of.

What about the mom and boyfriend who ran off to Universal Studios after leaving her abused son in the hospital? There’s a mother in my home town who allowed her boyfriend to torture and abuse her children, including throwing them in a cage with a pet snake to terrify them. Let’s not forget the pediatrician who waterboarded his own daughter.

Someone should explain to Adam Levine, there are child abusers, molesters and rapists out there who are fully deserving of our scorn and vitriol. Pretending that a reality TV family is the very worst example of parenting is pretty callous. In fact, some might even call it complete fucking ignorance.

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  • CMJ

    Thank you. When I read about him saying this all I could think was- “Wait, you write mediocre pop songs and date models. Your opinion is relevant, how?”

    • You are very stupid.

      It’s so irritating when people say stuff like this. He’s doing an interview in a magazine. He was asked a question that prompted this opinion. I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with him, that’s irrelevant. It’s just irritating when a celebrity says something in an interview, it gets attention, and commenters say, “WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK, LOL YOU’RE LIKE NOT EVEN FAMOUS ENOUGH FOR ME TO CARE!” He’s not calling you repeatedly to tell you his opinion. He’s not going on your Facebook page and leaving a million comments about Honey Boo Boo. He expressed his opinion in an interview and it was published. That’s it. If we’re really talked about “relevance” based upon somebody’s individual… what, fame? Talent? Success? Then I’m not convinced your opinion would be ranked as more relevant than his. And yet, you took your time to share your opinion here. Why? You having an opinion on Adam Levine is relevant, how? Is it more relevant than him having an opinion on Honey Boo Boo? Or are they all just normal opinions that everyone is not only entitled to have, but to share? The above at least responded to the opinion instead of suggesting he had no right or reason to share it. If you disagree with him, fine, but muster up the strength to disagree instead of suggesting that because gossip blogs have picked up on a mildly controversial thing he said, he must believe his opinions are of the utmost importance.

      It’s just a strange, illogical and highly hypocritical way to respond to somebody sharing an opinion you have distate for.

    • CMJ

      Wait. So you reply to me with the username “you are very stupid” to tell me my opnion is illogical? I honestly don’t have an opinion on Honey Boo Boo (I don’t like it so I choose not to watch it) and I could give two craps about Adam Levine. Really, I think people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. He’s a on a reality show that also exploits people. And yes, they submit themselves for the scrutiny, but it’s still a reality show. (One I also choose not to watch)

      He was also asked a question and didn’t have to be an over the top asshole about it. Numerous people have expressed their distaste for Honey Boo Boo and her family but he decided to call them the “most despicable thing in the world.”

      It’s not that he’s not famous enough for me to care, it’s that he’s famous enough to probably know a little better that his actions and worlds will be scrutinized. Also – he’s a pop star. What the hell does he know about her family dynamics and the psychology of it all? He writes pop songs – not books on child development.

    • once upon a time

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking but couldn’t quite put into words. Additionally, I think there’s a bit of, “I don’t care what celebrities think, I’m too high brow for that,” snobbery to the sentiment and it bugs the hell out of me.

  • BeckiM

    Soapbox. Collapsing. Too. Much. WEIGHT.

  • Sara

    Adam Levine is a perfect example of a celebrity who believes that because someone puts a microphone in front of his face for any reason, that must mean that anything and everything he has to say is relevant, meaningful and profound. He’s done a fantastic job of illustrating the error if this line of thinking–celebrities say idiotic and short-sighted things every day, but this was pretty astounding. Really? On the same week that a girl was beheaded in Afghanistan for refusing a marriage proposal, HONEY BOO BOO is what he chooses to get all sanctimonious and indignant about? The lack of perspective and level of self-absorption here is astounding.

  • Andrea

    You know what? It might not be the “most” despicable thing her parents could do, but for sure I have little respect for people that pimp their kids out on TV for money. Honey-whatever’s parents ARE treating her in a despicable fashion: putting her up on TV for millions to see and make fun of. And the worst of all is that I am almost 100% sure the poor child will NEVER see her earnings (are there laws about that? I have no clue).

    So yeah that show is one of the worst pieces of shit to hit TV in recent years. And it doesn’t matter if whoever said it is just a singer/songwriter. He is right.

    • Sara

      I agree with you about Honey Boo Boo being one of the worst TV SHOWS in recent years. If he had said that, there wouldn’t be a problem. I think the problem is that he said that Honey Boo Boo is “literally” the worst thing to happen. Ever. Not the worst TV show, not that Honey Boo Boo represents the sinking of pop culture to a new low (which it does). That, to me, is what displays a ridiculous short-sightedness and lack of perspective.
      Also, it displays his total misunderstanding of what the term “literally” means. Which is one of my personal pet peeves.

    • Andrea

      I’ll grant u that. Literally has become one of those words that everyone keeps using wrong.

      And I’ll grant you that there are far, far worse things they could be doing that kid, but in my book, pimping her out on TV is pretty despicable. Not “literally” the most despicable, but it is pretty wrong.

    • once upon a time

      I’d argue that it’s one of the most despicable things a parent can legally do to their child.

    • charlotte

      Merriam-Webster defines “literally” as…

      1: in a literal sense or manner : actually

      2: in effect : virtually

      Language is defined by us, not for us. Literally is used frequently enough to mean figuratively that it is a second definition of the word.

    • TheHappyPappy22

      No, kids like Alana don’t have to be paid and there are no laws protecting their earnings if they are. Reality TV shows classify all their child performers as “documentary participants” instead of “actors”. That means they’re not required to pay the kids anything (only the adults are paid for their appearances) and the kids aren’t entitled to any of the independent oversight or financial protection given to child actors. It’s left entirely up to the parents to protect the children’s interests, so if Mommy Dearest wants to pimp you out on TV you’re SOL.
      I don’t like the Thompson Family. I think they eat garbage and have horrible priorities and worse values. That said, I would agree they are not “literally the worst thing ever.”

    • Andrea

      I didn’t know that. I assumed they were paid like child actors. But I guess it makes sense. Even sadder.

      I still think that shows that pimp out kids are despicable.

  • Eileen

    I’m not a big fan of that family, sure – but I’m also going to try not to let my “My parents are well-educated and white-collar Northeasterners and my lifestyle is very different” prejudices let me forget that my way is not the only way to live. The children are clean; they’re fed; they’re in a family where they’re clearly loved (Alana is never one of the T&T kids who’re crying about letting her mom down and hating pageants). June and “Sugar Bear” (to whom she is not married, though he has asked repeatedly) seem like thoughtful parents (and considering they occasionally eat roadkill and went to a diner for their anniversary, I doubt their budget includes squandering their daughter’s money), despite the reality show. (which…you’re one to talk, Adam Levine) He’s letting his classicism show.

  • Once upon a time

    I can’t stand Adam whatsisname but for once, he’s got it completely right.

  • Scarlette

    Since when does Mommyish SUPPORT momagers?

    Adam is right. Just because a child isn’t starved or beaten does not mean they are not being abused. Exploitation IS abuse.

  • Yves

    Really? Adam Levine seems like such a DB to me, thinking he’s hot (i do not find him all that attractive, looks wise I’d say a 5-6 out of 10 lol). Plus he just seems a bit pompous. But I don’t go around shouting that from the rooftops about him lol. Who is he to say such harsh things about people he doesn’t even know? Especially when he’s SO disconnected from people in that lower economic lifestyle?

  • CW

    Lousy parents? Yes. The worst? Sadly, no. The whole family needs to go on “Celebrity Fit Club” to clean up their atrocious diet and get a handle on the girls’ obesity before they wind up 300+ lbs. like Mama June. But nobody seems to be in any serious danger of physical harm.

  • Diana

    Since when was exploiting your child for profit not despicable? I agree with him. That show is a sign of a morally, spiritually, physically, mentally bankrupt society going down the toilet. ( Same could be said for Maroon 5 though.)