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Open Letter to Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert's album comes out Monday. If you'd like to hear it, you can go here. (It's really good!)

Meanwhile, there is some controversy concerning a cover shoot and interview Adam did for "Out" magazine. Apparently, they wanted him on the cover very badly, but there were some sour grapes over some stipulations made by Adam and his management. Aaron Hicklin, editor for "Out," wrote an open letter to Adam in the issue, bitching about the experience, and saying basically that Adam has a responsibility to the gay community, meaning that he must follow some sort of gay celebritiy guidelines, of which Hicklin apparently has extensive knowledge.

This, despite the fact that they got their cover shot, as well an hour long, typically nothing-held-back interview. (The link to the letter is in the Huffington Post article below. I will not give him the hits directly, and this is one hard copy publication featuring Adam that I will not buy, though I did read it online.)

This open letter has spawned several rebuttals, most notably Adam's own just snarky enough tweets:

"Dear Aaron, it’s def not that deep. Chill! Guess ya gotta get attention for the magazine. U too are at the mercy of the marketing machine."

"Until we have a meaningful conversation, perhaps you should refrain from projecting your publications’ agenda onto my career."


Joe Vogel of the Huffington Post put up this very sarcastic and funny post, another "Open letter," which Adam liked, because he tweeted the link.

(And no, I'm not on Twitter. I got the tweets from here and from the album preview link.)

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queen_mamidala
Nov. 22nd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
I love the Huffington Post letter. Brilliant. Adam is breaking all kinds of molds, people should let him. He is a true blessing to the gay community as well as the world as a whole. If more people would be themselves like Adam is, it would be a great place. Go Adam!
bonnie_halfelvn
Nov. 22nd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
His observations on the history of the gay movement and culture are that it has been very segregated out of necessity, but he sees this changing with the younger generation. I've seen this, too, from the number of young straight allies I saw at the National Equality March.

He sees no need to conform to anyone's standards.
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