Last night the 2009 American Music Awards were handed out at the Nokia Theater here in Los Angeles, CA in a live ABC network telecast broadcast on the East Coast and in an edited form for folks watching on the West Coast. The show was edited due to a bit of controversy initiated by Adam Lambert and his “too racy” performance of his new single For Your Entertainment (the show was also edited due to Jennifer Lopez accidentally falling on her ass … but we’ll get to that in a bit). Glambert decided his first TV network performance as a solo performer would be a great place to engage in some same-sex kissing … which, of course, got everyone all riled up:
Openly-gay performer Adam Lambert is defending his man-on-man kiss at the American Music Awards, saying female performers have been pushing the limits for years. The American Idol runner-up kissed a band member while performing his new single, “For Your Entertainment.” The sexually-charged performance angered some parents who quickly began posting messages of disgust online. Pop & Hiss reader Richard Bowen wrote, “I know he wants to break out and show the world his dangerous side, but why alienate an entire population of kids to do it?” When asked how he would feel if the performance was edited for West Coast viewers, Lambert told Pop & Hiss he would not be happy. “If it’s gonna be edited, then in a way that’s discrimination. I don’t mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited,” Lambert said. “It’s a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double standard.” Lambert said the kiss happened in the moment. Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera shared an attention-grabbing kiss during the 2003 MTV Music Awards. ABC had to quickly cut to an audience shot during the performance when Lambert had a male dancer simulate oral sex on him.
The kiss was so meh. As Lambert said himself, Madonna (and other female performers) gratuitously kiss other women for “shock value” and no one really bats an eye … it’s a contrived act meant to generate water-cooler buzz the next day (and it works, which is plainly obvs since we’re talking about it now). I’m happy to report that Glambert‘s kiss was NOT edited out of the West Coast feed … it was the alleged “simulated oral sex” act that was edited out. After the jump, check out a photo of this “heinous” act, watch video of Lambert‘s uncensored performance and see what all the controversy was really about …
Yeah, all he did was stick his crotch in a male dancer’s face … again, I say meh. It is insane to call this “simulated sex”. ABC had no problem with Lambert sticking his face into a female dancer’s face, which was not edited out of the performance … but the gesture pictured above was not shown in the West Coast feed of the show. I have to say, all this controversy is so ridiculous … especially when the real discussion should be about how Lambert‘s actual performance of his song (you know, the actual singing) was not very good at all. He seemed so preoccupied with shocking viewers and not at all interested in turning in a solid singing performance … I wasn’t really impressed with any of it (especially since, at one point, Adam accidentally fell on his ass during his performance). But … it is the talk of the day.
Here is video of Lambert‘s original unedited performance of For Your Entertainment on the AMAs last night:
Do you think any of this hoopla is worth talking about? Do you find any of this offensive … er, you know, absent the terrible singing?
[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]