Adam Lambert: The Gay Scandal That Never Was

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I love me a good controversy. I feed off of it like a baby to mother's milk. When that controversy involves sex, it's like malted chocolate milk pouring forth from the maternal teat.

But this current Adam Lambert jazz about double standards and censorship—there's simply no "there" there.

Gay men and women have long since suffered under the yoke of small-minded people, enacting closed-minded rules, to try and never-mind people out of existence simply because they disapprove of who happens to give them the hots. There's a long history of oppression, discrimination, and, yes, double standards. 

But does the reaction to the pseudo-sexy Lambert performance at the American Music Awards really signifiy another sad milestone in the history of gay oppression, or is it, as I would argue, a pre-arranged, attention-grabbing stunt to sell records?

There has been tons of controversy over past performances by Madonna, Britney Spears and other artists deemed "overly sexual."  Way back in 1956, CBS was convinced that Elvis Presley was stuffing his pants with a Coke bottle and ordered their cameras to shoot him "waist up" only when he appeared on the Ed Sullivan show.

Is there a double-standard, in that media outlets might show girls being sexual with boys (or even girls with girls). but somehow deem male-on-male public displays of sex-fection as patently offensive?  I'll grant Lambert a "maybe."

However, overall, I can't remember a time when a celebrity "coming out" had less fanfare that Adam Lambert's.  It's like he jumped out of the closet and nobody was there to gasp.  So he ran back inside for a Take Two when America would be watching. And, still, the gasping has been pretty minimal.

It's my opinion that Adam's big social moment has passed. It was during American Idol when he could have had a platform to really present a courageous message about sexual identity. But that moment passed. 

As much as Adam's trying to turn this issue into a bellweather moment for gay rights—I simply find it far too contrived and convenient to put it even up for consideration.

 

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  • Oberain
    Oberain

    I don't give a damn that Adam Lambert is gay? My question is when are gays going to act like normal people and stop flaunting their gayness with outrageous acts and displays, as well as these insipid "gay pride" parades. So you're gay. Why do you need a parade to show pride, or more like flaunt you fag-ness. No need to for crazy antics to gain publicity. Nobody that matters truly gives a sh*t that you're gay. The displays of gayness are tired and lame. We'll all stop acting "gay" when you stop acitng "straight" and the Jews stop acting "Jewish" and the blacks stop acting "Black". Welcome to reality, other cultures exist outside of your insipid take on life. Adapt or die.

  • Sandra
    Sandra

    I don't give a damn that Adam Lambert is gay? My question is when are gays going to act like normal people and stop flaunting their gayness with outrageous acts and displays, as well as these insipid "gay pride" parades. So you're gay. Why do you need a parade to show pride, or more like flaunt you fag-ness. No need to for crazy antics to gain publicity. Nobody that matters truly gives a sh*t that you're gay. The displays of gayness are tired and lame. Seems like your response pretty much sums it up - prejudice moron!

  • Chuck
    Chuck

    Joe, probably soon after if not before straight people start acting "normal" and stop flaunting their heterosexuality with outrageous acts and displays such as your straight marriages and public displays of affection I suppose. No need to for crazy antics to gain publicity. Nobody that matters truly gives a sh*t that you're straight.The displays of straightness are tired and lame.

  • Chuck
    Chuck

    I don't give a damn that Adam Lambert is gay? My question is when are gays going to act like normal people and stop flaunting their gayness with outrageous acts and displays, as well as these insipid "gay pride" parades. So you're gay. Why do you need a parade to show pride, or more like flaunt you fag-ness. No need to for crazy antics to gain publicity. Nobody that matters truly gives a sh*t that you're gay.The displays of gayness are tired and lame.

  • apples
    apples

    [quote=Anne Brown]If Adam was strait, did that dance, and made out with a WOMAN, I can argue that this wouldn't be made such a big deal of. But since he is gay, it is all "Stupid perverted gay person!!" ... Brittney Spears has done worse, so stop making a big deal out of it. He is talented. End of story. agreed. and well said!

  • Anne Brown
    Anne Brown

    If Adam was strait, did that dance, and made out with a WOMAN, I can argue that this wouldn't be made such a big deal of. But since he is gay, it is all "Stupid perverted gay person!!" ... Brittney Spears has done worse, so stop making a big deal out of it. He is talented. End of story.

  • APPLES
    APPLES

    You think that God shouldn't hate anything at all? So he shouldn't hate lying? Or rape? Or murder? He hates sin- which comes from Satan. Of course religious institutes are the ones discontent with homosexuality, they believe it's wrong! I agree. I am, however, extremely disappointed with those representing Christianity, and all the gay bashing that's coming from them. That's not showing love, and I hate the bad reputation that religion is getting because of people who are abusing it. your comment makes absolutely no since to me. maybe you should go back and read your bible. you will find that the god of the bible actually condones the hate of certain people and even orders rapes and murders. according to the the theology that you may believe in (and i say may because i don't know what you believe, and i don't care), god says you are supposed to kill homosexuals. maybe you should study up. i never said that "god shouldn't hate anything", those were your words not mine. i don't care what god hates or doesn't hate. that's not my issue. i don't hate anyone so obviously my moral standard is higher. and i agree that you should be extremely dissapointed with the radical behavior of those representing the christian faith. let me say that i DO believe that there are amazing christian in this country and in the world, but most of them use their FAITH as an excuse to hate people who are not like them (homosexuals), or people who don't follow the same doctrine as they do. however, i truly respect your opinion and i totally understand where you are coming from (i think-lol)

  • sydsouth
    sydsouth

    * Now, we all know he's gay but after that performance on the AMA's, i'm not so into him anymore, he over did it --but he fukin kicks ass anyways..."he does what he wants"!!* =}

  • Janis
    Janis

    I have no idea what you are trying to say!! I do know that I think there is a huge double standard as verifyed by CBS's blur and I think Adam did his performance no expecting the big over blown reaction it got from the right, narrow minded in America. Other than that let artistic freedom reign!!

  • Person
    Person

    Maybe I'm just desensitized or something, but I personally did not think his performance was THAT bad. I have seen far worse. Did the people running the show not know he was going to do that? Really.

  • Diane
    Diane

    I have enjoyed all of Adam Lambert's performances on television. He's unique in a world full of sameness. He hasn't done anything that wasn't previously done by a female performer. I noticed that ABC didn't even bother to comment on Janet Jackson grabbing one of her dancers crotch. Shame on ABC for cancelling Adam but deciding that Chris Brown would be a good choice. I won't be watching!

  • Nina
    Nina

    Very strange because on CBS Morning and David Letterman (I think it was HIS late nite show) the keyboard player was there in close ups and was definitely female not male. The keyboard player in question played keyboard for the AMAs and bass for the CBS appearances...HIS name is Tommy Joe Ratliff, and he is most definitely a man,

  • snowwhitesoprano
    snowwhitesoprano

    im sooo sorry for you that the all loving god that you most likely believe in HATES anything at all. if you do just a tad bit more research on this subject you probably might find that it is mainly the religious institution who is way more dogmatic on the issue, and that the only point that i was making in my previous comment. i would NEVER calm to know what god hates and why, because i honestly don't care. but what i do know is that religious people express more of a discontentment of homosexuality, and this is all i ever said..... You think that God shouldn't hate anything at all? So he shouldn't hate lying? Or rape? Or murder? He hates sin- which comes from Satan. Of course religious institutes are the ones discontent with homosexuality, they believe it's wrong! I agree. I am, however, extremely disappointed with those representing Christianity, and all the gay bashing that's coming from them. That's not showing love, and I hate the bad reputation that religion is getting because of people who are abusing it.

  • tinat
    tinat

    "They can't show their affection or come out of the closet in a normal way." Joe, you are just another stupid homophobe.

  • APPLES
    APPLES

    My issue with his performance isn't that it was all with men-but that he was doing such nasty things on stage. I could care less which gender he was doing it with! And regarding APPLES' comment, I'm sorry that you have such a bad impression of religion. The only thing God hates is sin, and we are called to be the same way. Hate the sin, not the person. Yes, I think homosexuality is a sin, but I would never hate someone because they're gay. Some of my best friends are gay, and I treat them with love- as God called us to treat everyone, gay or not. im sooo sorry for you that the all loving god that you most likely believe in HATES anything at all. if you do just a tad bit more research on this subject you probably might find that it is mainly the religious institution who is way more dogmatic on the issue, and that the only point that i was making in my previous comment. i would NEVER calm to know what god hates and why, because i honestly don't care. but what i do know is that religious people express more of a discontentment of homosexuality, and this is all i ever said.....

  • Joe
    Joe

    "The displays of ignornace and homophobia are lame as well. So shut the eff up." Get the f*ck out of my face with this homophobia BS you stupid sack of sh*t. I have numerous gay friends. So don't come at me with the homophobe nonsense. You and ryan know good and damn well what the hell I'm talking about. I'm not talking about normal expressions of love like holding hands or kissing in public by gays. I've seen it and it doesn't bother me one bit. More power to them. It's the ridiculously over the top acts that gays, at least a lot of gays engage in, like this dumbass Adam Lambert. They can't show their affection or come out of the closet in a normal way. They have to beat people over the head with it so everyone will surely know they're gay. You don't see heterosexuals doing that when they fall in love with someone, or with respect to their sexuality. Again, nobody gives a sh*t whether someone is gay. The only people who do give a sh*t are homophobes, of which I'm not one.

  • Jazzy
    Jazzy

    Very strange because on CBS Morning and David Letterman (I think it was HIS late nite show) the keyboard player was there in close ups and was definitely female not male.

  • snowwhitesoprano
    snowwhitesoprano

    My issue with his performance isn't that it was all with men-but that he was doing such nasty things on stage. I could care less which gender he was doing it with! And regarding APPLES' comment, I'm sorry that you have such a bad impression of religion. The only thing God hates is sin, and we are called to be the same way. Hate the sin, not the person. Yes, I think homosexuality is a sin, but I would never hate someone because they're gay. Some of my best friends are gay, and I treat them with love- as God called us to treat everyone, gay or not.

  • MaryjaneWatson
    MaryjaneWatson

    Couldn't agree more with ryang and w. One more thing: people take part in Pride parades, because gays have been oppressed and stigmatised for a long time, thereby being denied any 'pride'. Pride parades are a symbol for stating 'yes, we're gay and that's great the way it is'. That, and an occasion to party like crazy, and who doesn't like that?

  • w
    w

    I don't give a damn that Adam Lambert is gay? My question is when are gays going to act like normal people and stop flaunting their gayness with outrageous acts and displays, as well as these insipid "gay pride" parades. So you're gay. Why do you need a parade to show pride, or more like flaunt you fag-ness. No need to for crazy antics to gain publicity. Nobody that matters truly gives a sh*t that you're gay.The displays of gayness are tired and lame. The displays of ignornace and homophobia are lame as well. So shut the eff up.

  • APPLES
    APPLES

    its so strange to me that human being find human behavior detestable. since when is being in love and being yourself a sin, and a vile thing. why is homosexuality an issue? there is nothing more beautiful then to individuals who are deeply in love, but people can't see past there ignorance, and their ancient holy books to see it. they won't allow themselves too, and its such a sad thing. people are missing out on the beauty of this life when they waste time hating other people for being who and what they are. the religious institution will not let this be, they well continue to hate in the name of their gods. i think that they believe that the more they hate homosexuals and the lifestyle the more the god they believe in will love them. then i would have to ask, where is the love in this god and man equation? just a question/thought. who the hell cares about adam lamberts lifestyle. its not hurting anyone. i don't get why this is such a big deal. EQUAL RIGHTS AND FREE SPEECH IS WHAT MAKES AMERICA SO f*cking GREAT.

  • mari
    mari

    well said ryang! well said...

  • ryang
    ryang

    Joe, I respect intelligent arguments but you are a fool. So you are saying be gay but be gay behind closed doors. Stop flaunting your gayness. You don't seem to get that even admitting to being gay is flaunting it to you...and a lot of bigots. I can't hold my partners hand in public without someone like you saying I am perverted. Jus imagine if the same things were said to you about your presumed "staightness". You wouldn't feel so good about that would you? What about Eminem flaunting his Slim Shady rapes? Is that all cool with you? Just part of being in the majority I guess. If you are young open your mind. If you are old you are a dying breed. Bye.

  • ryang
    ryang

    Your article makes no sense. He didn't come out during Idol because in his mind he was never in. This AMA appearance was not an attempt to come out on a bigger scale. In his mind we all know. Didn't we? Yes! To think otherwise is ridiculous. He gave a sexual performance as an adult performer (the song demanded it as did ABC who kept saying stay tuned for Adam Lambert...shocking....what everyone will be talking about tomorrow....they git it....the they get to act shocked) Because he is a gay man he was comfortable using another male as the object of his affection and instead of that signifiying his comfort with who he is....bigots like you see it as a calculated cynical move. It would have bee calculated if he kissed a girl then he wouldn't have to put up with this crap. As a fan I would have rather he just stood and sang so we would be talking about his talent...but know I see he has started an important conversation. Both gay and straight critics are attacking him. Not gay enough. Too gay. Maybe we are at time when someone can just be themselves. How radical is that? He made history. Now let's focus on an amazing debut CD

  • Joe
    Joe

    I don't give a damn that Adam Lambert is gay? My question is when are gays going to act like normal people and stop flaunting their gayness with outrageous acts and displays, as well as these insipid "gay pride" parades. So you're gay. Why do you need a parade to show pride, or more like flaunt you fag-ness. No need to for crazy antics to gain publicity. Nobody that matters truly gives a sh*t that you're gay. The displays of gayness are tired and lame.

  • OOOH
    OOOH

    You're another one of those people who are whining that he didn't come out during american idol? What difference does it make?

 
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