Adam Levine Slams American Idol Treatment of Gay Contestants

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Maroon 5 singer and The Voice coach Adam Levine poses topless for the new issue of gay magazine Out, while taking shots at a rival singing competition.

Levine, whose brother is gay, takes American Idol to task for making its contestants allegedly "mask" their sexuality, as Adam Lambert recently claimed.

Runner-up Lambert said he wasn't allowed to discuss his sexuality on the show due to AI's restriction on contestants giving interviews during the season.

Adam Levine Shirtless

"What’s always pi**ed me off about American Idol is wanting to mask it, for it to go unspoken,” says Levine. “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," he adds. "To me, the fact that The Voice didn’t have any qualms about being completely about it is a great thing.”

Ironically, on The Voice this spring, Levine was briefly criticized for a perceived slam of Lambert, whose hit song he claimed he had never heard of.

In any case, two of the final eight contestants, Vicci Martinez and Beverly McClellan, were "out" lesbians on the first season of Adam's reality show.

In the interview, the 32-year-old singer also opens up about his gay brother, telling the magazine that above all else, "We all really wanted to provide some cushion for him and constantly let him know that it’s OK."

"A lot of people don’t want their kid to be gay and will fight it all costs," Levine laments. "But I’ve got news for you - it’s a losing f**king battle.”

[Photo: OUT]

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Fascinating how Out Magazine is generating hits on the Adam Levine story by referencing Adam Lambert -- who they slandered publicly 2 years ago for not being gay enough to suit them. Naturally, Levine's comments suit their agenda plus Adam Lambert always generates tons of clicks on websites, so it's a win-win for Aaron Hicklin, backstabber extraordinaire.

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Let's be fair here. The Voice aired two years after Adam Lambert was on Idol and he was never "in the closet". While his being gay was not exploited, neither was it denied. How much of what has happened after Adam Lambert's TV debut and subsequent very public affirmations of his sexuality, affected how artists on The Voice were presented? Isn't that one of the reasons he received an Equality California Award? Not for complaining or criticizing but for being himself, positive, confident and giving people hope for a better future.

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Way to go, Adam!

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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