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Weighing in on the AMA's and Adam Lambert

There was quite a bit of vitriol on twitter last night after Adam Lambert's performance, and not just from the right wing, but even in the gay community, for once more the "gay celebrity guidelines" were violated.

First, Michelangelo Signorile's comment:
"Whatever you thought of Adam Lambert's performance on American Music Awards, the moralists weighing on twitter were gross. I tweeted the following: Thk u #Adamlambert for scandalizing America and the moralists on twitter. They need it. Het sex ok, but gay sex a scandal. Hypocrites."

I think Adam Lambert is going to be the male version of Madonna – whom he admires. Always controversial. I admit it was a bit beyond my comfort zone, but not really too surprising. This was more shocking and unacceptable to some because it was mostly same sex (that aspect makes no difference to me). Some heads probably exploded. Also, as Adam has observed, men expressing sexuality of any sort is not as readily accepted. His performance was not the only one that had erotic undertones to it. I had some advance notice via his tweets and the rehearsal videos on ABS’s website of what he would be doing. It was smart of ABC to have him close the show, so younger kids should have been in bed by that point.

Still, we show all kinds of blood and gore on TV and no one thinks much about it. Meanwhile, we have people shooting people in schools, etc., yet God forbid anyone portrays anything sexual – something that is not a bad thing in and of itself. If this country was more comfortable with sex, Adam would have to find another way to shock people. ;) He’s sure got everyone talking.

Perez Hilton and Aaron Hicklin can’t say he’s not gay enough now!

I do wish his singing had been better because I really like the song.

I bought the CD tonight. It sounds FANTASTIC in my car. :)


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Nov. 24th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
I've heard bits & pieces about this today, but I didn't see it. And now I can't find anywhere online to view. :/
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
Here you go
Nov. 24th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: Here you go
Thanks for finding the link.

Eh, not too impressed.

I can see how this offended a great many people, and not necessarily because of the gay aspect.

There's loads of BDSM all throughout the whole song. That is ... usually not prime time fare. And I would guess not a wide segment of the population is "into" that. heheh. lol. Yeah. I just laughed, with Lisa, asking her how parents are supposed to explain what the leashes are for, and the chains, and the neck cuffs, etc. "And Daddy? Why's that guy got his face in Adam's crotch?" LOL! Right. And I like BDSM, but if I were watching that with a child, I would feel very uncomfortable. Eric, on the other hand, mentioned all the cheerleaders on pro football, all the sexual innuendos rampant through our society. He's right, too. And the points you mention here are very valid...

He's trying to be controversial, and succeeding. I can see that helping the bottom line.

Meh. Adam can sing way better than that.
Nov. 24th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC)
Re: Here you go
I heard a joke on OutQ yesterday. A guy said his dad wanted a quarterback but he got a wide receiver.

I laughed. I also realized I'd heard that joke many years ago, but it went right over my head. Kids who are innocent seriously do not get the references, and it doesn't occur to them that there's anything to question. It's just a dance. And as I said, younger children should have been in bed by that point.

Yes, he's a way better singer than that. I didn't see the whole show, but I understand there were sound and mix issues throughout, and other performances were off, too.
Nov. 25th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Here you go
Something must be wrong with me, because I miss the joke. I don't get it.

I bet you're right about kids not getting it. (BDSM) Now that I think of it, it could be most adults wouldn't, either.

Lisa was saying Adam can't dance. (We just saw This Is It last weekend, and she's got Michael on the brain right now. HE could dance. Yes.)

I think Lisa has a point. And the more I think of the whole thing, the more I keep thinking... He can sing better than that.

I haven't seen the show beyond this clip. Could have been sound issues...
Nov. 25th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Here you go
The joke - he's gay and he's a bottom. ;)

Adam's not Michael Jackson, but I think he's a good dancer. He looked just fine on the Idol tour. He also made a nice recovery when he tumbled, which doesn't happen if you're not graceful and in good shape.

He talked about the performance on CBS's Early Show today, and when asked if he would change anything about the performance, he said he would sing it better. ;) And he sang very well on their show.

There were sound issues, which affected some others, too.

Edited at 2009-11-25 06:34 pm (UTC)
Nov. 24th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Here you go
That's what people are so up in arms about? It's sexy, but hardly too outrageous. At least to me. Loved the guys on the leashes :)
Nov. 24th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Here you go
Women can to it, but not a guy. ;P
Nov. 24th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Here you go
Don't you love the double standard?
Nov. 24th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I can't find it anywhere. Oh, well. Evidently the West Coat broadcast was partially censored.

How were the gay celebrity guidelines violated?
Nov. 24th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Since Adam is the first guy who's out right from the start of his career, the lgbt community has decided that he is first and formost their representative. He doesn't play by their rules. See my previous entry for more on this.
Nov. 25th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I saw that entry, read the links. I don't understand why the guy from OUT was whining. Too many people have way too much time to complain...
Nov. 25th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
It will cost him some sales. The magazine needed Adam more than Adam needed the magazine.

I won't be buying it, and I've bought everything Adam that I can get my hands on.
Nov. 24th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)

I must be incredibly jaded because I did not notice anything particularly edgy about Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards. Sure, he kissed a guy who was straight, but it was just a kiss. So what? That happens all the time in my world. It was not like he pulled down this guy’s pants and tongued his rectum. Now that would have been really edgy. I remember experiencing a similar feeling when people went all bat shit because Madonna pecked Brittany Spears. People just need to get out more.

Regards and Best Wishes,

Donald Eric Kesler
Nov. 24th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
When I said, "if this country was more comfortable with sex," I was including myself in there.

The kiss didn't bother me at all, but watching some simulations, it's not a matter of disapproving so much as feeling like I'm invading something private (or that should be private).

Hell, maybe I'm just jealous. ;)
Nov. 25th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
That's what bothered me, and I couldn't figure it out until you said it. My brain was stuck on "shock value" being the problem, but Lady Gaga did some "shocking" things as well, yet I enjoyed her performance (she was vocally spot-on too). If I was watching a movie where "simulations" are appropriate, then I wouldn't be bothered. But gratuitously adding these moves to his performance simply to shock left me unimpressed. FTR, I was never a fan of his singing anyway, and he certainly was not up to par on that Sunday.
Nov. 25th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
I heard Lady Gaga was good. I haven't seen it yet. I think Mom and Dad taped the show, so I can see it up there.

Look at it this way: two guys holding hands is going to look pretty mainstream after this. ;)
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