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Adam Lambert: Just Another Provocative Pop Star?

Last night on the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert gyrated along dancers dressed in S&M inspired costumes. At one point, the American Idol alum pulled a dancer's face toward his crotch. Of course, not everyone was entertained — the spectacle was edited from the West Coast broadcast. Adam has since expressed his disappointment with that decision, saying:

"There's a big double standard, female pop artists have been doing things provocative like that for years, and the fact that I'm a male, and I'll be edited and discriminated against could be a problem. People are scared and it's really sad, I just wish people could open their minds up and enjoy things, it's all for a laugh, it's really not that big of a deal."

So in other words, the public should just think of the performance as a male throwback to Madonna, as BuzzSugar described it. Do you think Adam is being held to a different standard of acceptable sexual expression or was the network right to edit the show?

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Richie-Necro Richie-Necro 7 years
I personally think of it kinda like this. He is there to do a show and whatever he does as a part of that show is up to him. If you don't like the show then don't watch it. its that simple.
GKitty GKitty 7 years
BS...If that bitter queen ever pushed my face into his crouch I would peel him with my claws...I give him reason not to like pussy...GKITTY.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
Oh wow, this has nothing to do with sexual preference to me. I am equally embarrassed and laugh at the likes of Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Gaga, ETC when they try this shit.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
I really think it has nothing to do with sexual preference.It has more to do with an individuals taste.I don't think it was a tasteful performance but that is my opinion.I don't think he used his full talent either.Probably nervous.
lawdawg08 lawdawg08 7 years
*MC does have young fans...
lawdawg08 lawdawg08 7 years
Akasha-I think you should watch Miley's performance at the teen choice awards again. She was standing on top of an ice cream container. She did have her hand on the pole, but she wasn't dancing on it, around it, or gyrating on it. She simply had her hand on it for less than a minute. A.L. was simulating a sex act on stage in front of millions of U.S. viewers not to mention those watching it internationally. His performance was way over the top and MC didn't come anywhere near that. MC does young fans- but that same demographic is also being targeted by A.L. You don't think 30 somethings are purchasing his music do you?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Damn it I hit post before I wanted to, lol. Having said that (comment #31) those sugar members who know me know that I think these performances have gotten too racy across the board. I love Adam Lambert, Modonna etc. but yeah across the board I say let's get the PG13 version for Prime Time please. My desire to see the industry tone it down for prime time though does not supersede my irritation at the unequal treatment of an artist and hypocrisy of the media.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I agree with as well. IMO Americans can be quite hypocritical when it comes to entertainment. Bottom line, what he did last night was no different than what provocative female artists have done before him such as Madonna, Britney Spears etc. When I heard Good Morning America cancelled his performance this week because of this I was infuriated.
jessicagurl jessicagurl 7 years
My gay boss just told me he thought his performance was gross. I'm a huge fan of Britney's performances (where she's practically stripping), so I didn't have that same reaction. I guess it all depends on what you consider entertaining. When you're pushing sexual boundaries, you gotta realize not everyone is gonna be on board with you.
jestergirl jestergirl 7 years
I definitely think he's being discriminated against, it's not right at all. I actually think that he's one of the most interesting Idols to hit the scene in years. That show could use a little edge, good for him.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Um, let's see. Comparing kissing to simulating sex is not the same thing, Adam. Raunchy doesn't equate to 'edgy". He was trying way too hard for someone just starting in the business.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I'm sorry but I found Miley Cyrus' performance dancing on a pole more provocative. She's a 16 year old girl performing on a show that children were watching because of her and her popularity amongst those children. While Adam Lambert's performance might have been shocking for some, he is not a supposed role model for children. And just like Lady Gaga and her over the top performances it's very apparent that they are theatrical. Whereas someone like Miley Cyrus writhing and gyrating on a pole is very much telling her extremely young and impressionable audience that if you want to be popular or famous or successful you have to act and dress like a whore. The people that really should be angry about the performance are other gay men. A performance like that where he simulates fellatio with one guy and then makes out with another just perpetuates the stereotype that gay men are promiscuous.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Please Adam, what you did wasnt you showing the world something new, or provocative, or making a point about "double standards" it was plain old flamboyant overkill. Your Gay, we get that. or Bi, or like to play both sides, you like makeup and platforms, and spikes...we get all that. There is a way to be a visionary in the music industry, a change maker, without being ridiculous and scaring off the people you are trying to make see things in a new light!!! Dont be obvious like you were on sunday, be innovative! dancers head in your crotch...yawn, Kissing your keyboardist (or swallowing his/her face) yawn, grabbing genitals....yawn.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
Provocative? No. Laughable? YES! :rotfl: I wasn't offended, but I found it hilarious!
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
I could care less that he did it even though it is completely tacky. And it's too bad he is getting so much attention since his music sucks, IMO.
lawdawg08 lawdawg08 7 years
Way over the top!! Sexual preference or gender i.d. aside. If it was a concert on his tour...fine!! But, the performance took place on ABC for the was not a private adam lambert concert its a musical award show, a public event that is presented each year to honor the top talent. He abused the privilege extended to him and ruined a great opportunity to show case his ..."talent"!?
Ruthicles Ruthicles 7 years
Here in Tx we got everything uncensored, but it was also 10 pm on a sunday night. Why are young impressionable children up that late when they have school the next day anyway? Especially when it aired later in the different time zones? Even if I hated Adam (which I don't times 5) I wouldn't be offended. And if I had kids they wouldn't be up that late on a school night. The children complaint just sounds like a cop-out for prudes.
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