"We gave this some real thought. The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times, including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated and, for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences."
"Lady GaGa smashing whisky bottles. Janet Jackson grabbed a male dancer's crotch. Eminem talked about how Slim Shady has 17 rapes under his belt. There was a lot of very adult material on the AMAs this year, and I know I wasn't the only one.
If it had been a female pop peformer doing the moves on the stage I don't think there would have been nearly as much of an outrage at all. Janet Jackson - crotch grab - I haven't heard one peep about that."*
“I’m not a babysitter. I’m a performer....it was a nighttime show. I was there in the audience filled with mostly adults....Like Idol, I guess I have a tendency to divide people — you either like it or you don’t.”
"The backlash against American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was inevitable, I guess. User-friendly Clay Aikin's one thing, much more threatening Lambert's another. It's the difference between gay and queer.
Also relevant, in the wake of the American Music Awards censoring of Lambert's kiss with a fellow performer is the difference between how ABC thinks audiences will react to boy-on-boy action versus their lapping up, if you will, of a similar girl-on-girl scenario.
Who can forget Britney's lip lock with Madonna at the 2003 American Music Awards. Was it censored? No Way. Why? Because when girl's do it, it's a quasi-pornographic, but totally mainstream-approved spectacle that rocks the male gaze. Lambert's kiss is way more transgressive and, let's face it, guys think it's icky.
Not that in real life queer guys are more radical than queer girls. Lesbians can scare the shit out of people. But they have to be real lesbians and Britney Sprears and Madonna don't exactly qualify, regardless of their individual sexual resumes.
What's more important, from a media literate point of view, is that girls getting sexual together, whether dancing or rubbing up against each other, is so prevalent in mainstream representation – whether in movies, music videos, or just college girls going wild for YouTube – that it's almost become perceived as part of everyday sexuality, close to invisible, in fact.
Note, too, how conservative the big three American networks have become. David Bowie used to pull off Adam Lambert-type stunts all the time in his 70s and 80s heyday and British television didn't flinch. But ever since CBS was fined $550,00 by the Federal Communications Commission for Janet Jackson's notorious wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Superbowl – a case still being adjudicated by the U.S. Supreme Court – the networks are taking no risks.
Credit Lambert for calling out ABC for their discriminatory practice of censoring two boys kissing, to say nothing of their cancellation of his appearance on Good Morning America the next day.
In a climate that breeds this kind of reaction, no wonder gay marriage rights are circling the drain in the U.S."
"Adam Lambert's racy public outing as a solo artist at Sunday's American Music Awards has grabbed headlines and helped send downloads of his debut album soaring worldwide....'On a night when some of the biggest names in music performed -- Lady GaGa, Jennifer Lopez, Jay-Z-- the only person anyone is talking about is Adam Lambert,' Entertainment Weekly music reporter Michael Slezak said."
• 78 percent prefer to buy from companies that advertise to the gay market.
• 68 percent upgrade to a product's latest model
• 57 percent "prefer to buy top of the line"
• 77 percent "believe in indulging in themselves"
• Twice as likely to have household income over $60K
• Twice as likely to have graduated from college
• Three times more likely to be online than the average American
• Twice as likely to spend $250 on cellular service
Adam performing "Whataya Want From Me?" on David Letterman's show last night.
Adam singing Smokey Robinson's Tracks of My Tears.
Adam singing Tears for Fears' Mad World.
« Older This is what the cultural elite wants us to believ... | Atrapa-sons, an amusing and ed... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt