I have to admit, I couldn’t even watch all of Adam Lambert’s AMA performance. I didn’t even catch the show when it aired, but I watched about thirty seconds of the You Tube clip, and I pretty much had my fill. In case anyone wants to revisit the face-to-crotch grinding, the man-on-Glambert-kissing, the crotch grabbing, the cheesy fake S&M vibe (there was a leash!), bird-flipping or the generally horrible vocal work, revisit MSat’s post from yesterday. It was pretty bad.
Anyway, after everyone had taken stock of the cheese, the grossness, the lameness, and the stupidity of that performance, a lot of people thought Lambert should have to apologize. Lambert was all “thanks but no thanks” to an apology, telling Access Hollywood (via Us Weekly): “You know honestly, if I offended some people… it’s apples and oranges. I’m not an artist that does things for every single person. I believe in artistic freedom and expression, I believe in honoring the lyrics of a song, and those lyrics aren’t really for everybody either.” Fair enough. I interpret what Lambert is saying as “my gross, fake-raunchy stuff isn’t for everyone, live and let live.” But then he goes in a different direction in a minute.
The AMA producers thought Lambert’s performance was so “controversial” (I would have gone with “horrible”) that they edited the crap out of it for the West Coast. That choice angered Lambert, who told Access Hollywood: “There’s a big double standard, female pop artists have been doing things provocative like that for years, and the fact that I’m a male, and I’ll be edited and discriminated against could be a problem. People are scared and it’s really sad, I just wish people could open their minds up and enjoy things, it’s all for a laugh, it’s really not that big of a deal.” Um… here’s the thing: first, they edited Jennifer Lopez’s ass-crash too, and secondly, whatever happened to his song not being “for everybody”? Now we all have to “open our minds” and enjoy this crap?
The next stop, of course, on this spiral of fake-censorship is the latest news that Good Morning America cancelled Lambert’s upcoming performance after the AMA debacle. If people make this into a gay thing, I’m going to rip out my hair.
Adam Lambert is definitely a show-stopper!
Good Morning America canceled Lambert’s performance for the show’s concert series, his rep confirms to Usmagazine.com. (Lambert had no comment.)
A source tells Us it was due to the American Idol alum’s shocking showcase at Sunday night’s American Music Awards, where he simulated fellatio with a male dancer, kissed his male keyboardist, grabbed his crotch and flipped off the crowd.
“It was due to his performance and actions on stage,” the source says.
In a statement, an ABC spokeswoman said, “Given his controversial American Music Awards performance, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning.”
The GMA performance was scheduled for tomorrow. Now, the rep for Lambert, 27, confirms he will instead be on The Early Show on CBS.
Complaints poured in to ABC — the network that aired the AMAs and GMA — on Monday about the sexually charged performance of “For Your Entertainment,” his first single off his debut album.
According to the Associated Press, ABC said more than 1,500 people complained, what it termed a “moderate” response, and the Parents Television Council also said it had heard from many upset members.
“They’re outraged,” said Timothy Winters, president of the Parents Television Council. “They just can’t believe the nature of the content, the explicit nature, and how much graphic content there was.”
Still, Lambert has made no apologies for the performance.
“You know honestly, if I offended some people… it’s apples and oranges. I’m not an artist that does things for every single person,” he told Access Hollywood after the show Sunday night. “I believe in artistic freedom and expression, I believe in honoring the lyrics of a song, and those lyrics aren’t really for everybody either.”
[From Us Weekly]
Let’s take this issue out of it’s “gay” box. Let’s say someone like… Bono was performing with U2 on a big ABC-aired awards show, and Bono grabbed some girl’s head and shoved his crotch into her face. People would be up in arms. I would be up in arms. It’s a disgusting thing to do during a performance, and that alone is wrong enough. Add to that the other stuff… well, I totally get where Good Morning America (which airs on ABC) is coming from.