Adam Lambert has caught the entertainment industry off-guard. Last Sunday during the American Music Awards on ABC, this “American Idol” runner-up shocked millions around the world with a sexually charged, sexually explicit performance of his new single, “For Your Entertainment.”
During the performance, Lambert “walks” some of his male dancers on a leash, gropes another female dancer’s naughty bits, simulates oral sex with a male dancer, simulates oral sex again with a female dancer (just in case we missed it the first time), grabs his crotch and finally, at the end of his performance, makes out with his male keyboardist.
Needless to say, ABC was flooded with thousands of phone call complaints.
Lambert holds a different defense against the controversy. He claims that the only reason it’s turned into such a big deal is because he is gay. Even Barbara Walters has called ABC’s response to Lambert’s performance “absurd,” a response that included cancelling Lambert’s performance the next day on “Good Morning America.”
But does anybody remember that time on the MTV Video Music Awards when Madonna made out with Britney and Christina? But that wasn’t offensive–that was hot! Right?
So what do you guys think? What’s with all the controversy surrounding Lambert’s performance? Is it because he’s gay or is it just because he went too far over the top? Is there truly a double standard today with man-on-man action versus female-on-female?