The Adam Lambert controversy has gone on for nearly two days. The Adam Lambert controversy is a controversy covered by mainstream media outlets, bloggers, and rants of every day citizens. What no one can agree on is if Adam Lambert’s AMA performance was an artistic expression that simply pushed the envelope or if the performance was inappropriate for the AMA show. Figuring out which side I am on wasn’t very simple. I have poured over various articles, blog posts, and forums and have reached what I feel is the answer to the question: was Adam Lambert out of line?
I don’t think that Adam Lambert was that far out of line. I can see how his act could make certain people uncomfortable. While the performance itself didn’t bother me, while I was watching the Adam Lambert AMA performance and the Adam Lambert AMA video, my jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe that he kissed a man on stage. I couldn’t believe his backup dancers were wearing bondage gear. Although I thought I had inadvertently turned my TV to HBO after Dark, I didn’t see anything that wasn’t in a number of other network TV shows.
“But he KISSED A MAN!!” You say. Yes, I realize that the Adam Lambert controversy stems from a man-on-man smooch and also the artist smashing another man’s head into his crotch – but the fact remains there was no nudity and no overtly vulgar language. Granted the actions themselves weren’t something I would want my 13 year old child to watch, but the performance aired late at night and parents should expect musicians to act inappropriately at times. Remember the 2003 VMA lip-lock between Britney and Madonna? Remember Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction? Things like the Adam Lambert controversy happen. It’s all part of the game.
The Adam Lambert controversy is the best thing to happen to Lambert’s career. He lost “American Idol”, yet the AMA performance did more to put his name out there than winning the contest ever could. The Adam Lambert controversy will be discussed for days – amplified by the fact that Lambert refuses to apologize for his actions.
While Adam Lambert’s AMA performance definitely pushed the envelope, it wasn’t any raunchier than other TV shows and other actions performed by artists. If the Adam Lambert controversy is really all that upsetting, networks should do the footwork and set guidelines that ensure that all performers abide by the same rules.
ABC American Music Awards Live