Although ABC has dubbed Adam Lambert a volatile and controversial figure, he is actually quite a humble and soft-spoken guy, as seen in his appearance on The View this morning. Adam Lambert’s interview on The View is available on YouTube. He followed up the interview with a performance of Whataya Want From Me from his album For Your Entertainment.
When Lambert discussed the American Music Awards controversy, he came across as someone who had just gotten carried away in the moment and wasn’t deliberately trying to shock the viewers. Perhaps Adam Lambert is just so free-spirited and creative that it sometimes translates into gestures that could offend certain audiences. Perhaps Adam Lambert just marches to a different drummer. Barbara Walters commented that he wasn’t a typical nice Jewish boy. He responded that his “dreidel spins the other way.”
On The View, Adam Lambert was very articulate and well-spoken and respectful to both sides, but also pointed out that one performance should not characterize his entire career and that it was the responsibility of parents, not the network, to decide what was appropriate for children to watch.
The ladies of The View discussed both sides to the American Music Awards debate. Joy Behar pointed out a commenting that soap operas were also filled with sex, suggesting that there was a double standard in the way audiences perceive straight vs. gay sexual acts. But Sherri Shepherd argued that her objections were not due to the fact that he was gay, and that she had also objected to Britney and Madonna as well as Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck also found parts of Adam Lambert’s AMA performance objectionable, but she also agreed that it wasn’t the network’s job to baby-sit children. She also pointed out Adam Lambert’s commitment to charitiable efforts for children in the arts. Barbara Walters pointed out that Adam Lambert had gotten “carried away” at the AMAs and asked him how he knew it wouldn’t happen again. He responded that now he was conscious of it, he would probably be more careful and to work things out in rehearsal from now on.
Adam Lambert’s performance of his single Whataya Want From Me was smooth, enjoyable, and far less controversial than his AMA performance. He remained close to the microphone, relying on his vocals rather than his moves. After ABC’s recent treatment of Adam Lambert, one couldn’t help noticing the irony of lyrics such as “don’t give up on me. I won’t let you down.” As seen in his (albeit taped) appearance on The View, perhaps ABC won’t give up on this talented artist after all.
Adam Lambert sits down with the ladies of The View, YouTube