Racy. Vulgar. X-rated.
Everyone is buzzing about Adam Lambert’s gig at last night’s American Music Awards, and all of the above words have been used to describe his performance.
CNN called Lambert’s choreography “sexually suggestive,” while ABC and Dick Clark productions released a joint statement in which they said “Due to the live nature of the show, we did not expect the impromptu moment in question.”
The “impromptu moment in question” they are referring to is when Lambert’s crotch met the face of one of his backup dancers.
While that incident is probably getting the most negative attention, people are also horrified that Lambert kissed his male keyboard player near the end of the song.
Viewers were so shocked, in fact, that when the AMAs were broadcast on the West Coast, ABC decided to censor Lambert’s performance, cutting away from the singer during the simulated fellatio.
Now, was this Lambert’s best performance to date? Probably not.
Was it shocking, bordering on obscene? Yes.
Should you have been expecting anything less from him? Not at all.
If you were hoping for Lambert to merely stand still on stage in front of the mic, then you are sorely mistaken. He pushed the envelope as much as he could on “American Idol,” and now that he’s on his own, he’s pushing it even more, which is exactly what he should be doing.
At least he has the guts to be himself, Elvis hair and all. How many artists can you name who would risk giving such a controversial performance? My guess is not many, and the ones that you could name would all be women.
How many times have we seen Britney Spears writhe around half naked on stage? Heck, we’ve even seen her kiss Madonna, so why not Lambert and some dude? There is a double standard in society that extends into the music industry–where it’s okay for women to push the envelope with their sexuality, but when a male does it, all hell breaks loose.
After his performance, Adam talked to Rolling Stone backstage and gave some personal feedback:
“We’re in 2009. It’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them,” Lambert said. “My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom.”
Ever heard of this thing called the First Amendment, people??
You know, the one that grants the American people freedom of speech?? It exists to provide everyone the right to express themselves freely and is an essential right for all. You might want to remember that little fact before ripping Lambert a new one.
“But this is a family friendly program!” you say. ”My children were watching!”
Well, perhaps you should have tucked little Timmy in a tad earlier. It shouldn’t be up to ABC or the FCC to decide what you and your kid do or do not get to see.
Censorship treats people like they’re not intelligent enough to decide what is appropriate for them on their own. It takes the decision away from the individual and places it in the hands of someone else. Sorry, but how does this support what we are granted with the First Amendment? Oh, wait, I guess it doesn’t. Goodbye, freedom of speech.
I guess I’m sort of shocked by the backlash this performance has received. People have taken to online message boards to let Adam know that he has lost a fan in them, that it was completely inappropriate, etc, etc.
Have you people ever heard of Elvis? Freddie Mercury? David Bowie? All of these artists pushed the limits during their time, as Adam is doing right now.
Whether or not you liked this performance, you have to admit it was pretty epic, and obviously caused controversy. Is anybody talking about anything AMA related besides Lambert today?
Clearly, the large majority of Lambert fans have not dismissed him entirely, because his debut album, “For Your Entertainment,” was released today and is currently number seven on the iTunes best selling album chart.
I would personally like to congratulate Adam for not conforming, for maintaining his artistic integrity and for standing out in an industry of cookie cutter musicians.