I suppose in theory, I’m supposed to be up in arms over the double standards applied when it comes to how displays of affection on stage between breeders and homos are viewed. But, in all honesty, I think Adam Lambert is toying with the public to generate interest in his album and it irks the hell out of me.
This isn’t a human rights issue, it’s a publicity stunt.
Yes, the homophobia still pervading society would naturally make the general popular more incline to go “eww” rather than “ooh” at the site of two men slobbing each other down on stage. And sure, if it were two attractive feminine women tongue tasting each other during a routine less people would be up in arms. Still, the difference between Britney and Madonna toying with the public and Adam Lambert is that the other queens knew their audiences better.
It’s not surprising to see risqué and/or flat out lewd acts on MTV’s stage. MTV has a history of that so it’s a given you might see something that will push buttons. Like Prince’s ass cheeks, or Howard Stern appearing as fart man (just typing that make me want to vomit in my mouth), or Janet Jackson grabbing Omar’s crotch while performing a medley of “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “If” (yes, I actually remember the dancer’s name after all of these years…don’t judge me).
The American Music Awards are a different story, however. This is Dick Clark’s program. When is the last time you’ve heard about Dick Clark enjoying coochie pops, penis pulses, and other types of sexual seductions on a typically PG rated program?
I thought so, which is why Adam or at least his advocates should shut their glittery selves up.
To be fair to him, he brought up examples of Eminem’s rape line (as I mentioned before, something in the milk ain’t clean) and Janet and they are valid to a degree. On the other hand, I couldn’t even hear what Em’ was talking about and after flashing her tit in front of a billion people, I think people are just happy Janet doesn’t flash audiences.
The way Adam was screeching, he could’ve been singing about slobbing Satan’s knob and I wouldn’t have been able to make it out.
He simulated oral sex on stage, pulled men around in chains, and then kissed some member of his band. Is that fair he got flack and they didn’t? Debatable. Is it unexpected? Only if you’re 5.
Adam seems like a very media-savvy person, so I’m sure he knew there would be controversy. I bet that’s what he was counting on.
The cynic in me (check the credits…©) feels he knew this would get a rise out of people, he knew folks would make it out to be a bigger deal than what it is, and understood all of it would translate into a bigger buzz for his project. Even in this interview he doesn’t really make some big case for his antics on stage. It just sort of happened.
I had no idea he was coming out with an album last week. I knew after the show.
The performance was all too self-serving, so while kudos to him for getting folks like me talking I’m not about to stomp around and make this out to be a political issue. For those that are interested in talking about double standards when it comes to be those across the sexual line, find a better example. He’s not it.
You should go buy his album, though, if you feel so strongly about it. I’m sure he’d appreciate that much more than any random email campaign.