Adam Levine responds to criticism about his reaction to stage crashers
On Saturday’s Maroon 5 performance at Hollywood Bowl, Levine was singing “Sunday Morning” with his eyes closed. A female fan ran up to him and wrapped her arms around him. The moment was captured on video and Levine responded by saying “f ***”” and grinning as he laughed. This led to Levine speaking out to refute claims that the fans are “beneath him.”
Levine posted on Instagram, “I just wanted address the Hollywood Bowl incident matter, a fan coming to me onstage.” “I’ve always loved, respected, and worshipped my fans. Without our fans, there is no job. To our fans, I repeat this all the time. It makes me sick to think that anyone would believe I believed that… our fans were less than us or beneath us. This is not me. This is not me.
He said that he was shocked by the fan’s grasp on him. “Sometimes, when you’re startled you need to get over it and continue your job. It’s something I take pride in.”
He said, “So I have to let you guys understand what my heart means — and that my heart is that connection between the band performing live and the fans.”
Levine concluded by saying “Hopefully you all can understand that,” before he gave a kiss.
After being shared by TikTok user Luis Penaloza, the video became viral. The caption read: “Adam Levine wasn’t having it.” Although the caption was later changed, there was much debate over Levine’s handling of the situation on social media.
There are many people who defend Levine and remind you that touching another person, even a rock star, requires consent. It’s also a pandemic.
Others took offense at his reaction and he didn’t try to hide it. They concluded that it meant he believes he’s better than his fans.