You must remember this; a kiss is just a kiss. Unless of course that kiss is between two men… and broadcast worldwide from say, the American Music Awards.
Then a kiss becomes part of the national agenda, as it did when Adam Lambert planted a wet one on the lips of his keyboardist at the AMAs on Sunday night. And even though Lambert’s kiss wasn’t the first time two men have smooched on network television, it promises to take on a life beyond just a kiss. So let’s prepare to brace ourselves for Smooch-gate 2009, as everyone and their mother weighs in on Lambert’s lip lock.
Some folks are already so riled up that they have taken to Twitter asking people to file a formal complaint about Lambert’s performance to the Federal Communications Commission. And others have just begun complaining.
“Just watched Adam Lambert's performance @ AMA's. Appalling,” JoshYates posted to Twitter, in one of hundreds of tweets lambasting the performance, of which there are an equal number applauding it.
The AMA kiss isn’t the first time that two men have kissed on network television and it certainly won’t be the last. In 2000, the characters on the NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” ambushed Al Roker on the “Today" show to protest the network’s refusal to air a gay male kiss on television. Out of frustration the characters cheekily kissed in front of Roker and the live “Today” audience. Admittedly it was a chaster kiss than you might plant on your grandmother. Surprisingly teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” was one of the first shows to pick up the mantle from there and show an onscreen male couple in a serious relationship sharing a really passionate kiss in 2000.
The barriers to gay kissing didn’t exactly come tumbling down after that, even on “Will & Grace”. Will Truman’s (played by the straight actor Eric McCormack’s) love life remained G-rated until 2006 when the show took on another network television barrier with Truman kissing his boyfriend James, played by another straight actor Taye Diggs, in what was promoted as the first interracial gay kiss on television.
Since then two men have kissed on network television on CBS’ “Cold Case” and ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters” and “Desperate Housewives.” And this season, even the CW’s “Gossip Girl” had a gay kiss involving a straight character, Chuck Bass. So shouldn't we be used it by now? Apparently we aren’t.
Last week "Out" magazine editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin attacked Lambert and his management for not allowing Adam to be gay enough in front of the press. So even Hicklin had to admit he was pleasantly surprised by Lambert’s kiss on Sunday night.
“With his performance at the AMAs last night, Adam Lambert is signaling loudly and clearly that he refuses to be bound by the old rules. Having been critical of his management for being overly cautious around Adam's photo shoot for 'Out' I'm delighted and thrilled by the statement his AMA performance makes. I don’t think he'll lose a single fan by staying true to himself, and quite likely will gain a legion of new admirers,” Hicklin said. “Adam's reach and appeal among younger audiences makes him infinitely more threatening to conservatives than, say, Elton John, and I think he knows it and wants to make the most of it.”
Lambert didn’t just kiss a guy. He also walked a dancer on a leash, grabbed a dancer's head and simulated oral sex and flipped the crowd the bird.
But that kiss is what made headlines and that kiss is the photo everyone will remember from the 2009 American Music Awards and that kiss is going to be so much more than just a kiss once the media is finished dissecting it.
Who cares it only a kiss. You can watch someone get thier head blown off on the news but you can't handle seeing someone kiss. Get your priorities straight,
Sorry Adam. I was a fan, knew you were gay and didn't care but I don't like to see gays or anyone else acting sexual on prime time! I thought you had a beautiful voice but you sure blew it on the music awards. It was terrible noise and lewd behavior. I took myself off your web site fab list: don't want to hear about you anymore. Maybe if you tone it down and act like a normal person and the good entertainer you were on American Idol I'll change my mind.
Get used to it! I applaud Adam. Ok for two girls but not boys??
We all have rights! whether you like it or not.
Come on Adam. I Love your singing, your clothing doesn' bother me, your nails are black, so are mine, NO BIGGY. Your Gay, So what. My Daughter is young, loves your voice and knows your gay. I am So happy we missed the show, because she will never buy one of your Cd"s for a very long time. What you did was; as we say, you went too far. As for Madonna, she almost ruined a young girls life. I agree, keep these kind of shows on cable, rated R, or XXXXXX. That way we can block them from our innocent children. It is a shame, your voice is outrageous, but have some class. Let's see what Wamart does by the time Christmas comes around, one of the top selling stores for music. It' a MAD WORLD, for Adam Lambert.
I liked Adam on American Idol and considering that he made a lot of fans through that show he has to remember that some of those fans are children. Some of those fans could also be people who may not completely agree with his lifestyle but yet liked him as an artist. I think he should of been more careful and saved that kind of performance for MTV not ABC. I agree stay true to yourself but you don't have to over do it.
If you were angry or upset with the AMA Awards show and Adam L.'s "performance", but you don't know what to do to let the network or the producers of the show know how you feel, remember this-the ONLY thing that the TV networks, the producers, the studios, the recording companies, and the advertisers and sponsors care about is MONEY. If you want them to know that you are unhappy with the content and quality of the programs they produce and broadcast on their networks, use the POWER of your WALLETS, and hit them where it hurts them the most. DO NOT watch their shows, do not go to their web sights, do not buy their CD's, DVD's, or go to their movies, and DO NOT buy the products of the advertisers and sponsors of the programs and shows you do not like. Then contact the advertisers and sponsors and tell them WHY you are not watching the show or shows they sponsor, and not buying the products they advertise. If they start to see a drop in the amount of revenue they receive from these shows, they WILL stop advertising on them, and they will tell the networks why. Now it won't change things overnight, but it WILL change things. We, the viewing public, do have the power to change and to control what we see on TV. Use the power of your wallet -Take Charge!
I don't have a problem that Adam kissed another guy. I had a problem with the performance in general that was too overtly sexual. And, I've had problems with other performances by straight performers too. But, you know what I did. I turned off the television and went to bed with a good book. That's the difference, it's a TV and you are able to turn it off in your own home. A democracy people, it's a beautiful thing.
I dont mind the kiss. It was rubbing his crotch in someone's face that i minded. This was a show that I'm sure kids watched. I don't mind them knowing about oral, but I would rather that not be their first impression of it.
The bigger problem, above and beyond the kiss, was edited out for all those on the west coast. Kissing is one thing, but simulating oral sex on stage is completely inappropriate.
... but just look at how much publicity he got for this !!!!
Well, at least the choreography fit the words of the song.....didn't any of the producers pay attention to the words? They could have guessed what was coming!
I will buy a few extra albums to offset the critics. What an entertainer and what a voice. Ron
Is it only me? I'm a huge AL fan. Always rooted for him and still thinks he's one of the best contestant's AI has had so far. I'm no prudish, I have wonderful gay friends, love Madonna, etc.
Having said that, I was dissapointed because I wanted to HEAR Adam and SEE his wonderful personna. And yes, it was too erotic. I can deal with the kiss, but the fondling, oral sex and S&M was way out of line and most of all UNNECESSARY. Why? Cause Adam is a very talented young man. With vocals to die for and a beautiful personality.
I stayed up late just for Adam. I expected this incredible show, full of his voice, all out performance, lights and staging. And I ended up sitting on the edge of my sofa, schocked and confused. I can't even recall the song, and he sounded horrible with everything that was happening at the same time.
Yes, I recognized the double standard. Britney and Madonna, and all the others that have done crazy, sexual things on stage. Yes, I know the point he tried to make. BUT...
Adam and his management, need to understand he's a beginner in the artistic leagues. He need to reel in as many fans as he can. Adam is about singing and personality... that's what people supported him for on AI. He can't polarize opinions and people, prospective buyers of his CD's, so early in the game. That is REAL dangerous.
We don't need for Adam to become the symbol of gay rights, he is and entertainer for gay, straight, white, black, and all religions alike. Yes he can make his statements, and I don't care what his sexual orientation is because that's personal. But he can't expect to shove the issues down people's throats.
I still love Adam and will buy his CD but I hope he recognize that his strategy backfired enough for such a new talent.
Adam, establish yourself as an artist, a force in the industry and then pick your battles and your messages, but don't ruin a wonderful future as a recording artist.
I think Adam Lambert is disgusting and this type of entertainment should not be allowed, especially during primetime when children that love music will be watching! I think people to ban together and not buy his music!
I think its comical that the men are the first to say its disgusting but want to see more of the women kissing, go figure another prime example of double standards. I am female and think its about time that the men get to act the same as the women, Madonna and Brittney did it and wow nothing to much is said but now Adam did it and its a crime. give me a break there is so much of this crap on TV already its nothing new, just watch the news and tv its everywhere, people need to get over themselves. Adam Lambert is an awesome singer and yea hes gay so what! Hes an awesome singer and performer. The more people bring it up the bigger deal it becomes. And I have kids his age so no I'm not a young person that is a groupie. I just think it should be an equal playing field. Go Adam you are awesome, gay or not.
For all of those people worried about what their kids saw or what to say to them, how did you answer this question: "Mommy, what did that man say when they had to bleep out the words" on nearly every Hip-Hop performance. Oh wait, sorry, I'm now not being politically correct.
It was a great move by Adam. It is time for the American people to get accustomed that gays also have the right to show their feelings and emotions publicly. Diversity, tolerance and acceptance is what makes this nation great.
This story has us Brits bemused – it wouldn't have been an issue in the UK for at least the past 12 years. But of course, American gays are an active threat to common decency, marriage, families, heterosexual relationships, children and so on, and must be actively discouraged lest they Destroy Civilisation As We Know It. Silly me. I was forgetting.
It is cool when a guy shows his inner emotions or truth. That's what I love about a guy. I think it's hot and sexy when you do it like that. Just as long as he don't show 'big love' on the show then everything should be better. No offense against it please. I just think the kissing part is hot and the 'love' part is not.
Go ADAM! You'll always be welcome in Canada!
Who cares if he's gay? Who cares if he kissed a man?
Only Adam. I'm surprised he can walk with that huge chip on his shoulder.
The performance wasn't good. The lighting sucked. The tempo was off, and all he did was walk from one dancer to another fondling someone at each stop.
The middle finger, the hand in a woman's crotch and the dancer's face in his crotch were not sexy—just in bad taste. Common sense.
I feel a crash and burn coming
"I don’t think he'll lose a single fan by staying true to himself".....
YES HE DID.
Not the fact that he is gay, but that he was VULGAR and just plain OBSCENE.
Comeon Adam, focus on your voice, not your shock potential.
I want to know – What Happen Adam to your outstanding performance from Idol?? Good thing my kids were not watching!
The performance was just that...A PERFORMANCE. I kept rewinding the part when he fell...that was the best thing to happen in that whole song. He's going to need better songs if he wants to last...because the show can only take him so far!!!!!
If you don't like it just don't buy his records, its that simple.. If he does'nt sell records the he won't be around long, at least not on network TV. I don't understand why musicians think they are bullet-proof.
If you don't want to see it, move to a communist country...we are free in America.
This is only a big deal in puritanical USA. I'm sure in Europe it never would have made headlines. Come on, people. Get with the program and if you can't handle it, move on. And for those that are hollering the loudest...well...you know what that means.....
Yes I agree – way too much for TV and we certainly dont need to see that.
However, if the consensus is "keep it in the bedroom" – then we need to remove the double standard that is in the enterianment industry today.
When Madonna and Britany kissed during a performance, I recall alot of raves!
I think on both counts – that's disgusting and should be kept off TV. Let's be fair about it tho
Like this is the first time or the last time that an entertainer 'pushed the envelope' and shocked crowds. *rolls eyes*
Ok, I grant that it was a bit much for younger audience members who might've been watching, but everyone else is doing exactly what he wants: talking about him. It's just as stupid as people being outraged over the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction". As Kevin Smith says: any press is good press.
Just let it go. It's not worth the energy being expended on it.
This performance by Adam Lambert was on at 10:50 p.m. Sunday night. Children aren't up at that time.
I still remember about 20 yrs or so ago, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones performed live on SNL.
Mick leaned over to his guitarist and they french kissed. Major, obvious tongue action. The camera stayed right on them.
My biggest problem with Adam's performance is that the singing was not good. Music should come first, show/making a spectacle second.
And why did he feel the need to give his audience the finger? I feel somewhat hurt by his actions, as a fan of Adam's.
I thought this young man was about his music. His sexuality should not have been part of this show. He seemed to forget or did not care there are young people who watched this program. He showed no respect or class for those viewers. Evidently his "shock show" was for his own selfish benefit. Low Adam,low.
I'm so confused by Americans. At the AMA they honour a crack addict who ignores her family to get high. They practically give a suspected sex offender praise equalling saint hood. We sat through three hours of mostly talentless thugs talking through what is supposed to be music and then finally someone who can actually sing appears and makes a few suggestive dance moves and the proverbial you know what hits the fan. To top off the confusion a teeny bop country singer is named best artist....give me strength America!!!!
While I found the kiss and overall sexual innuendo of Lambert's performance abhorrent, I feel that the major channels have been pushing too much sexual content for years. The show Two and a Half Men openly discusses sex, orgasms (last night's episode) and other R-rated content. If people are going to condemn Lambert, and ABCs airing of Lambert, then they should also condemn a good portion of the shoes currently shown. And honestly, the way most of the female performers were dressed left little room for the imagination - where is the uproar over that?
Keep the bedroom in the bedroom straight or gay. This was not the time, place or audience for this. I'm afraid I too will never buy anything he makes, just as I won't with Madonna and Brittnie and that mess. My grandbabies watch these shows and I would think that Lambert or any other entertainer would keep this in mind, but apparently, if it isn't about money and shock value, then they'll find a way to make it about money and shock value. This should have been cut out.
Adam has lost a fan in me. I loved him and voted for him on American Idol. I didn't care if he was gay. He has an awesome voice and a wonderful stage presence. I, however, will never watch him again if that is the way he is going to perform. I was totally disgusted.
Adam's performance had nothing to do with being gay but had everything to do with class. The kiss was only part of the most vulgar performance I'd ever seen. His dancers head in his crotch, giving the audience the finger, etc. He obviously has no respect for the fans that put him on the stage to begin with.
ABC and the AMA's should be ashamed that they now have a show that families cannot watch anymore!
Why are your kids even up at nearly 11:00pm on a school night watching TV? That's the real question.
I really did not think the kiss was a big deal at all, who cares? He probably did it because he knew that it would bring press, and it did. Britney and Madonna had that kiss, whats different? The only thing that surprised me was the part where he pulled the guys face to his crotch, it did not really seem like something ABC would go for, but whatever. So he is gay, so what? I am straight, but I have no idea why people have such an issue with people that are gay, they are just people just like you but with a different lifestyle.
Alright people, so he kissed a guy, big whoop. Seriously this is not a big deal, what is the REAL difference between two girls kissing and two guys kissing-answer NOTHING!!! I personally just didn't like the singing part when he normally sounds fantastic, but everything else is really not new people, GET OVER ITTTT Other artists, actors, whatever else have created similiar or more "crzier" performances. So it wasn't rated "G" for kids, but if you don't want kids being exposed to such things, then they shouldn't be watching tv or up that late in the first place. If you have taught your child right from wrong according to your standards, then whats the deal. If you didn't like it, then go find something that does, Im not 'hatin" on your view just really tired of hearing crap like "Im all for gay rights" and then complain on how stuff should or shouldn't be portrayed, its being a hypocrit!!! Its done and over with-History. Stop whinning and actually complain or act upon bigger issues that plague our country or the world for that matter, that really need more attention. Now that I have put my own two cents, Im done you may not like what I have posted, but frankly I don't care, Im just really tired of hearing about the "crap". Regardless, good holidays to all.
Hey I did not watch the AMA I just don't not my thing. I read the reviews and that's good enough for me. Adam Lambert never heard of seen what he did and all I have to say is WOW!! very hot!
Regardless if it was planned or not WHO cares, and for those bleeding heart who flap their gums about OH my children have watched it or will be watching future AMA don't worry they will not be affected by this. They live in a much more accepted society than you as the parent, and that being said you should be teaching your child that people are people regardless their color, size or sexual orientation. It's about time someone start making waves to make these issues noticed.
Way to go Adam Lambert!!
I think Adam Lambert is a great singer and it doesn't matter at all to me that he's gay however, my 16 year old daughter and I thought this performance was disgusting. The kiss...who cares ...but the rest of the sexual content of his routine was X rated for primetime TV. I will still enjoy listening to his voice but will never buy a ticket to see him live!
Problem with the whole performance is that the music was just plain horrible. Not one hook in the song. It was just an excuse to try to be shocking. Want to be taken seriously, write a good song.
The kiss didn't bother me at all. But simulated oral sex? I don't want to see that from anyone!!
I watched it. I didn't even realize it was a man he was kissing. I did not enjoy the performance because it's just not my kind of thing. I think he is an amazing talent with an incredible voice – I respect his choices as an artist. If young kids were watching it and their parents are upset – it was just about 11:00 p.m. eastern time when it aired – why were they up? This uproar – just what Adam wanted.
This is not a gay issue for me (have no issues there). It is not about the explicit material (my kids are in bed and would not be allowed to watch these music shows anyway - I know what they contain and so does every parent, or they should). I guess what bothered me is the arrogance of the routine. During AI Adam was a very classy guy who showed respect for the industry and wanted to learn – someone you wanted to root for. Now, in his FIRST real performance since AI (which he lost, btw), he comes on last, in a very over-hyped performance, and acts like he IS Madonna, or Elvis, or Mick Jagger, or Britney.
I think for your first real performance, you should have a tad bit of humility, have the utmost respect for the industry, and showcase your talent. He appeared to have more "ego" than all of the AI past winners combined. Turned me off. Produce some amazing music first, knock our socks off with your talent, perhaps even get nominated for an award (let alone win one), and then perform an over-indulgent routine that massages your own ego. Too much ego too soon.
Get over it world! Sometimes people need to push the envelope to make things seem more norm later on. Before Stonewall, gays were just something for people to hide in a family. Thanks Adam!
Reprehensible. Anyone who engages in sexual practices that do not meet my standards of morality should be jailed. I know that most Americans share my viewpoint. No art should be viewed that doesn't meet a federally mandated standard of decency and morality. This is America, land of the free, but no one should be allowed to be completely free to poison the minds of children with their displays. Save the children and end sexuality anywhere but behind closed doors with a man and a woman, who should rightfully acknowledge their shame before God and the horror of Original Sin.
It was for the shock factor, big whoop, I think the "face in crotch" angle was too much for network TV but that's my opinion! You people live in America where you advocate freedom of speech and expression., deal with it!
I find the Madonna/Brittney kiss thing funny. People forget Madonna kissed BOTH Brittney AND Christina Aguilera in the same performance. She kissed Brittney and then turned and kissed Christina. No one remembers that. Christina is the "Buzz Aldrin" of that kiss.
I may not agree with Adam Lamberts "style", but I'll defend to the death his right to be who/whatever he wants to be! Tolerance is a good thing!
Please! Murder and torture are appalling. The state of the economy is appalling. One man kissing another grown man? Sexual innuendo? I'll go with that any day. I'm straight, 63, and a grandmother of 9. The truth is, there are more horrors in the world to protest. Why aren't people more concerned about starving children in the U.S. than an actor/singer kissing a musician?
This is severely overblown. I had no problem with the kiss but I did have a problem with the rest of the performance. There was no need for the simulated oral sex or the singing. I had to stop watching because the performance was bad.
In the end, it is the performance that matters.
I guess I couldn't really tell that the blonde one was a guy until after I read it. I don't agree with homosexuality in any form, but it's certainly not my job to judge. TV is really getting disgusting these days, though.
I am the mother of two sweet girls, one a pre-teen who watched the whole thing and I am so NOT offended by Adam's performance. Come on people. If you let your kids watch the show you know there has been a history of wildly sexual displays in these kinds of shows. Madonna writhing around the floor in faux ecstasy comes to mind. Not to mention the girl on girl action, crotch grabbing etc...
My kids don't think of Adam's behavior is any more outrageous than a lot of the other stuff. Neither do I. (I think Adam is adorable, but then again I am old enough to be his mother!)
The whole show was disgusting – – Adam, Lady Gaga and the other entertainers with their vulgar language. I will never watch the show again.
In 1998 Alan Cummings grabbed his crotch, got gropped by a girl, had a rope tied around his crotch, stuck his finger in his butt, etc. in that wonderful hit Cabaret–for the Tony Awards on TV. Everyone loved it. We all knew it was coming and we all knew what it was about. If Adam had started off with "Welcome to the Cabaret" would you all have relaxed? If you watched the pre-AMA interviews he said he wanted that 30's Berlin vibe. What was great about Adam on AI was that he really could sing and was magnetic. I prefer Opera to Pop, but I really appreciate his talent. I have never liked AI until Adam. He was different and a little dangerous–I don't think he could ever be mistaken for a "tween" star. This is not my favorite Adam performance, but I can't believe you "fans" are blacklisting him for this?? I am an expat American living in Asia and it looks a little silly from here. This is up there with the Janet Jackson boob thing–speaking of someone who wasn't so great on the AMA.
Boy, what an uptight culture we have here in the USA. Horrified by bondage and kissing? I feel sorry for the folks that have never experimented.
Oddly, nobody was bothered by the half-naked women gyrating around and groping Carrie Underwood earlier in the show. Go figure.
- Straight but not uptight.
Would it have been okay if it was two women?? Adam you're wild and I love it and I am a STRAIGHT woman.
Overblown. Press should give us all a break and just leave it alone!
Big deal. I really didn't even notice it... 'til all the media re-runs. I twasn't the first gay kiss on TV and won't be the last. I have other more important things to think about. If I like the music, I buy it...and don't focus on the personalities.
I think if it was a woman and she had done the same thing. I can envision the men at home with thier sons high fiving them, men in the bars hooting and hollaring etc. Get a grip people music is and will always be contraversial and exciting (I Hope). I think more power to Adam for being himself and not willing to waiver anymore.
Hopefully all those who are offended by the blatant perverse agenda that AL has will make it be known by not supporting him with their $$$
Are you people serious? Madonna and Britney Spears kiss on stage and it's just fine, but when two men do it the world is coming to an end? Modern television shows plenty of men and women and women and women sexuality, but when there's a kiss between men "conservatives" flip out. I'll never understand America's stupid double standards.
Very HOT! Way to go!
The kiss, not a big deal, the face grinding in the crotch had more of the "WTF" factor.
Replay the video. Close your eyes and just listen to his song. It was not good. The music wasn't good and his singing was poor. He can and has done better.
His sex-life is not my concern. Don't care who he kisses, when he kisses, how he kisses. Just didn't think his performance was good. Disappointed really, cause on Idol he exhibited better talent.
Loved Lady Gaga's whole act. JLo should give it up. Whitney has really lost her talent – too bad. Hope she sticks with the program. And would someone tell Janice it's alright to sing above a whisper? Her mediocre voice and same-old dance routines are really old. Funny, when she's in her thin stage, she wears revealing tops that barely cover her chest. When she's in her fat stage, she covers herself from head to toe. Doesn't matter to me, but she must have very low self esteem. And would someone please give some two-sided tape to Kate Hudson? Not that she has anything anyway, but it was sad to watch her attempts to hide nothing.
I think the entire body of work was disgusting. The kiss alone I can accept, but combine it with the oral sex simulation, the fingering of the girls g-string, fingering the crowd and the mirrors and the performance becomes nothing more than an attempt at sensationalism. I hate that and hope his career takes a dive.
My sentiments exactly Laura. I was going to say the same thing when Madonna and Brittany kissed and still people are having issues about two guys kissing. Definite Hypocrisy... So what.. If it is not doing you any harm then what is the big deal... I think Adam is a great singer/performer and kudos to him for him being the way that he is. If people also have an issue with their children watching something that they think is inapproprate on the AMAs or any Award show then their child/children should be in bed.
i lived through the 80s once already, thanks, but no thanks:( can we move on? now I need to go brush my teeth this left a real bad taste in my mouth.
Gays and Christians may have alot more in common than you think, here is a prime example.
You get an outspoken overly zealous person (gay or
conservative christian) a forum, and they turn everyone off with their lack of good taste and common sense. They throw it in your face, pry open your jaw, and shove it down your throat.
The Adam Lamberts, and "Church Lady"s of this world ruin it for the rest of us. They take something THEY personally believe and make it their mission to beat it over everyone else's head.
Be an artist, perform your art. Leave sex, and politics out of it when performing it for the mainstreem! Yes that means you too Britany, Christina, and Madonna (who probably puked after having to open mouth kiss eachother backstage, oh but the publicity was worth it)
There is no doubting Mr. Lambert's unique vocal talent at an entertainer. This is why people voted for him. However, we do not need him to display his orientation during entertaining the masses, the majority of whom are "straight" and find such behaviour disgusting. He should go back into the cupboard and stay there if this is going to be the norm for him. We are not against his orientation, but please, keep it private!
K, so I'm not even sure why I'm writing this, because I'm not going probably gonna make one dent in anyone's opinion, but here it goes. The kiss was not even the most appalling part of the performance. The whole thing was drenched in sexuality that was completely inappropriate for public television. I'm not going to go into my opinion on homosexuality, but I don't think the shock of a same sex kiss is at all as inappropriate as the simulated oral sex and fingering of a stripper. I was so surprised by everything else that I barely noticed the kiss. The whole performance was summed up by his flipping the finger to the audience, and to the world. It was like he was saying a big "@$%# you" to everyone with his whole act. What was the point, to change every bodys' minds? Because merely shocking and insulting everyone sure isn't gonna do that. I think it's completely rediculous to say it's just him being who he is, because if that's the case, then "who he is" based on his performance is someone with some pretty weird fetishes performing public acts of sex, which I think is very wrong. Tons of musicians/actors have taken things way to far in the sexual realm in the public eye, he just pushed things further by doing it at an event where people of all ages would be watching. Regardless of homo or heterosexuality, sexuality period is getting absurd in the entertainment industry. Adam is extremely talented, and from what I've seen, quite humble, and it's a shame that now he's been reduced to "that gay guy who kissed that one other guy" by his own choice. If he wants to spread his thoughts on homosexuality, that sure wasn't the right way to do it. I'm 19, and my opinion hopefully matters to someone out there, but I don't know, I just felt compelled to say something. Adam, blow the world away with your talent, not your shock value. Any idiot determined enough can do that.
Mr. Lambert, just sing the song. Show your talent. Your gimmickry is far out. There are still decent people trying to get a peaceful evening, enjoying the talent show.
WHY IS THIS NEWS!?!?
If he'd kissed a FEMALE backup dancer on stage, would ANYONE be talking about it?????
common,that was very bad,disgusting and stupid showing what you know best by kissing your fellow guy on a national t.v,when you know that our kids will be viewing the AMA award,for those of you that feel it's ok,cos of who u are,you all need to check your heads.i feel so sorry for you adam lambert.
I never heard of Adam Lambert before today, but for his kiss, his honesty, openness, you bet I am a fan now. I am gay and it doesn't take much sense to see that homosexuals are the "Civil Rights" oppressed group of our day. I'm 50 years old, I lived through the civil rights era of the 1960's and I am seeing the exact same social movements happening. Thank God for people like Adam, and many others that are in the spotlight that have the courage and strength to be our "Rosa Parks" "Charlie Pride", Sidney Pointia", and show the world that like africa americans of the 60's, gay people of today are stepping up and out. Right now everyone is shocked, just like they were when the movie, "Guess Whose Coming To Supper" came out.
"Broke Back Mt." and Lamberts kiss, are great civil right markers for
Americans moving in the right direction. Thank you Adam Go Go Go!!!
You go Adam. I think what he did was very brave and smart. What is everyone talking about today. Of course, Adam Lambert. Yea, he knows how to get attention. Once again, you go Adam.
Adam Lambert is gay!?!??! I'm SHOCKED!!!! (roll eyes here)
Gay or not gay, kiss or no kiss – it's the performance that's count !!! You are disgustingly damn good. Nextime, do a striaght performance. No more kissey-kissey. And no more un-striaght act. Keep it in the bedroom.
Being gay is Adam's selling point. I dont want to buy it! It went overboard again same as his performance. Pathetic!
this is 2009 people...gay,straight,lesbian whatever. People that is complaing should just get over it :(
GO ADAM!!!!!! You do your thing!!
People do more than that in front of their kids at home, you see more than this in public anywhere.
SO PROUD, You're a TRAILBLAZER!!!
TENNESSEE LOVES YOU!!!!!
ROCK AND SHOCK BABY!!!!
My 82 year old Grandmother LOVES YOU, My niece and Nephews love you. we voted for you EVERY week!!
It's not about the kiss, it is about how vulgar he was. The song lyrics are bad, they are about rape and then he does that on top of it? He is not good enough to be so bad yet. I hope his career is over and all the critics who think those of us who did not love it are homophobes will shut up.
EVERYONE! WHO CARES!!!! He is in the business of entertainment! He's gay. SO what! He kissed a guy. This has been going on for thousands of years. I don't understand why there are some people out there that are shocked and want to file complaints. Back in the days of Shakespear, Romans and even before that, all entertainers were men. Men that played men or women. Do you think the crowd booed when they kissed?! And just fyi, I am straight, happily married with two young boys, and Catholic. We are all humans! I've come to realize that whatever sexual orientation you are doesn't matter. All of us are looking for the same thing: Love, respect, appreciation, etc! Entertainment=entertainment, get over it!
Making a big deal out of nothing. It's just a performance. He's a musician trying to sell his music. It's not the first time a musician has done something provocative. Simple as that. Everybody is afraid of one another and blinded by narrow views of things. Read a book. Step outside, talk to someone. Just know that no matter your background, there are people that are going to have different beliefs than you. No matter what you say or do. If you don't like something in your house, turn it off. The only problem I had with the talented Lambert was that some of his notes were a bit off key.
It wasn't the kiss that outraged me, it was the grinding, get a room!
There is nothing I can say, that has not been said. However, I was disappointed in Adam's performance. Kissing on man on TV Net is in poor taste. What you do in the privacy of your home is your business. Remember, when you act like that on national TV you are showing disrespect to the viewers. I think this conduct will hurt you in the end.
Oh Come On!!! What Adam did yes it was provocative and controversial but we have seen this happened all the time. It is a double standard that everybody is freakin out about the male on male kiss....whatever happened to madonna and britney? Was that ok? Instead of worrying about that what about Lady Gaga's performances...at the VMA's she was covered in blood, this time she was set on fire...doesnt that suggest violence? and she is just plain creepy. Go Adam you sure were the entertainment of the show..the other numbers were a lil boring
ABC, and AMA's now we really don't care if you make it or not. Some tuned you in, and now some will tune you out.
Possibly for a long time. You may never have the opportunity to have an AWARD show in a good amount of time. Billy Crystal might even have a hard time making jokes after this one, that's if he was chose to be a host.
We don't know what to think; you just sent us backwards to about the 1950's and we now want to hide in a closet.
Lambert why don't you go to Iraq or Pakastan and serve like our military personnel sacrificing everything they have for freedom. Come back a real man..........hurt inside and out. You are a disgrace for everything most of our real Veteran's have faught for.
Why did I have to suffer so much; to return to this kind of Entertainment. It's not what I expected for an Award Show and it should never be able to happen quite like this again.
So the west coast was censored.............what about the rest of us that would have preferred to watch anything but what you provided ABC and AMA. People in entertainment go up for trying to get an act in a performance and get turned down...........when maybe your average Tom or Mary could have comedy for years off of this one.
You are going to regret all of this.............believe me. Your ratings so say might have gone up........but don't believe it.......down down and further down you are going..........in more ways than one.
It's not you Lambert and Lady Ga Ga I am really worried about, it's your selfish sexual acts live on TV that your families will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
How is that working for you?
We need real entertainment again USA. I don't think American Idol is so happy about it as well.
Adam's performance was exactly that: a Performance!!! I was thrilled to see that some of his dancers were women with real bodies... not skinny, no boobs, no hips to move, women! Whom ever did your casting I say "kudos for a true representation of all dancers."
In my opinion Adam's performance was excellent entertainment, and as for vulgarity, it was no worse that any of Britney Spears' music videos or performances over the past 10 years.
Yawn... bigs deal. To the parents whining about their 12 year olds watching; this rubbish stunt (don't glorify it beyond that) is the reason a 12 year old gives 2 ounces of flatulence about an idiotic awards show.
The only way in which I'm offended is that I didn't get to be involved. Adam's hot stuff!!!
I was so upset. I love Adam Lambert's music and so does my 11 year old daughter. We could not wait to see it. Wow, what a shock. I too get it, your sexuality is there. Gotcha, but do we have to watch it on t.v. I was so disappointed with the song. I don't need to be shocked by Adam, I was pulling for him to last forever. He has an amazing voice and I was so, so disappointed. I saw his new CD tonight, picked it up and then put it back. I am not ready. I want Adam to remember that it was people like myself, and many, many young kids who got him to the top of idol. My daughter had his Rolling Stone cover framed on her wall. Not anymore. It was the music, not what you do in the bedroom. I am so sad. Remember, if I cannot sit with my 11 year old and feel comfortable to watch him, then I can't do it. Please remember Adam that you are entertaining a wide range of viewers. You have a responsibility now !!!! From a very, very disappointed mother.
Willie Shakespeare was right: "Much ado about nothing"....
amazing performer. He uped my respect for him 100% by staying true to himself. Just bought his new album and it is so refreshing. He has a great future ahead
Let me say this, it was not the kiss that was the problem, though it was over the top. It was the oral sex simulation that did not belong on prime time TV. My outrage is over crossing a boundry of simulating sex on the AMA. Also, Adam looked like the king pin with a bunch of sex slaves. Real good message to convey, gay or straight, an artistic expression of sexual exploitation should not be condoned and that is the real message that needs to be drilled home. So I would say to Adam, you looked like the ring leader in a three ring circus who uses anyone and anything for his own self indulgence. And for that, shame on you.
Apparently there's a lot of AMA viewers that want to 'Party Like it's 1959.'
Come on! Really? Really? You are all honestly shocked & disgusted and surprised? If so, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN THE LAST 20 YEARS?
Drop Cher, Madonna, Brittany, Janet, Christina...or any of a dozen others...in that exact same number, the exact same dance moves, and there would be no controversy. Some tsk-tsking from the sorts that think Pat Boone is edgy music, but nothing real.
(Granted, I thought it a mediocre performance and that 'Frankie Goes to Hollywood' did this shtick better in the early 80's)
Adam, you are the greatest performer and I am a huge fun of you. Do what you do because you do it in the best way. I love your AMA performance- it's the best performance I've ever seen.
WOW.................w o w................this is heated and should be. How many times did my parents tell me you wouldn't believe what some entertainers will do for a buck. And what stays in Vegas, stays in Vegas. We just went past Vegas. You used to have to pay for such live acts and shows there. Now we have it live on TV. Vegas if this keeps on happening you will have to close your city down.
This is really messed up.
This is plain disgusting with he grabbing the female dancer's crotch and acted out the image of oral sex with one male dancer, french-kissing another male keyboardist (so that's the hateful part, even if you're gay you can still be clean and go steady with just ONE partner; not because you're gay you have the right to multiple sex or immoral sexual behavior or adultery or all that shameless physical indulgence, so the goverment's right about not passing the gay marriage act, who knows how complicated it will fulrther be to get laws on adultery or divorce passed?!), which is way too obscene and over the top–all that is way too sick...... Plus, it's a music award show for all age groups to enjoy and it's on public television channel ABC, not some porno TV with risque content.
What's wrong with the world???? Yeah Black Eyed Peas can well sing about the morals and justice that need to be taken care of and doled out yet shot all the other videos where Fergie can be seen almost naked and their singing and rapping about sex and a fun night?? What's that about???
I guess if you don't talk about it then it doesn't happen, right? Tired of the hypocrites like GOV Sanford or the closet gay Republican senator from Idaho! Kudos, to Adam!
Gays have to watch filthy hetersexuality on television AND IN PUBLIC every single day. This is a complete double standard. He didn't do ANYTHING that hasn't been done by a female artist a thousand times over. Heterosexality isn't "right" it's just "common". There are gay people on this planet. Get over it.
here we go.. two women do it.. YAHOO!! Two men and you people act like the end of man kind is apon us. GROW UP.. See this is why the world has problems with Amercia.. You go into other countrys and tell them there is no other life then how you live and then you scream and condem how your own country men live. Your two face hipacrites when it comes to being the leaders in how a human being should be treated or respected.
Adam did nothing wrong and no this is not a agenda.. This is life and it might not be your life or how you live it but it is his so respect the way he lives it. What he does doesn't change one thing in your life. You still get up and go to work and love your family and children.
God you Amercians will never learn..
Adam is not an established enough artist to get away with this. He may have gained fans, but he has lost far more than he will gain from his risque performance. My issue is not only with the kiss. I was more appauled by the portrayal of oral sex. And by the way folks.....if you wanna compare this to the Madonna/Britney thing, Adam's performance wasn't aired on MTV. NO, this was on ABC. I cannot believe they put that on primetime television. Yes, we are in the 21st century, but this is just wrong, unacceptable.
There's a time and a place for everything. I watched the AMA's for the music, not peek into anyone's sex life. I personally don't CARE what your sex life is all about, that's YOUR business, I am and will continue to be a fan of Adam Lambert because he is amazingly talented, but I wish someone would guide his career who has more taste and class.
Prior to this performance, Adam's humble attitude was one of the most endearing things about him. He nor any other performer needs to cheapen themselves to gain acceptance. His fans love his talent, his looks and his generous spirit; we don't need to know about his bedroom antics and why should we care?'
That statement holds true for ALL performers. WHY do they think anyone wants to see that part of themselves? We all have a sex life (if we're lucky). It's not like you're doing something we've never done ourselves for pete's sake.
Would any of YOU like to see ME, a 60-year old grandma, publicly simulate a performance of MY sex life? Hey, I'm a REALLY talented cook so you MUST wanna know what wild things I do in bed! lol
When you get thru gagging, will you get my point?
Good for him and more power to him For those who got offended , its called a remote. Who are this angels who believe in some others can't express sexuality openly!!
Its just a matter of time, when all the baby boomers are nolonger in power controlling the airwaves, money and govt and all will be fine, VERY SOON.
I loved it. Its never a problem when women do it. Get over it!
Now that's unbelievable! i do not like gay people, for my own reason, but you guys can not denied that the media WANT us to be gay! you do what ever you want, man-on-man, girl-on-girl, man-on-dog, fish-on-goat.... it does not matter, but it changes when they are saying on TV that being homosexual is not just alright, but is what is cool to be nowadays.... i did not want my kid to ask me to go to the mall so he can buy lipstick, since those "guys" on TV are all using and kissing each others. I know that it is a free country and that is 2009 (i don't know why people use this argumentation, since time is not the reason of why we lost moral values, but money is), but one thing is be able to do it, other thing is try to make us like them...
i remember when the cool kids were the ones that wore street clothes and smoke cigarettes behind the school. no they all androgenic and using meth... if i was a religious man i would say that is the Apocalypse.
Adam's performance was vulgar, disgusting and degrading, it's not about a kiss between same sex, that is so passe and has no shock value anymore. Where is the artistry or talent that everyone was looking forward to? So sick.
I am responding to the Adam Lambert performance on the A.M.A's Sunday night. It always seems anytime there is anything done on the air by any person who is openly gay, there is always an issue. All my life I have sat and watched straight people do almost everything but have sex on these music award shows year after year. Rap artists for years have gropped women,constantly grabbing their crotches etc. and I guess thats okay right? It's totally a double standard. If you are worried about young people wittnessing this, first of all if they are young children they should not have been up so late. After all it was a school night right? By the way the majority of young people now days arent as homophobic as some adults,also this is a good time to educate your children and let them no it is not such a big deal.
I have one more thing to say, there should never ever be a limit on what is broadcast This is America the land where my wife fights to give freedom for people to do whatever they want to do!!!!! If you do not want to see what is on the t.v. change the channel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everybody needs to stop saying how sick his performance was and talk about how great it was!!!! Everyone wants to have input on his kiss but the performance was awesome and it is about time somebody steps outside the box, We have not had someone be like this since Madona, and Michael Jackson!!!!!!!!! ABOUT TIME WE NEED SOME EXCITMENT!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not going to say that I expect people to be completely okay with on-stage homosexuality, but i think that people need to start letting the idea of two men kissing to be a little less shocking. I agree that families shouldn't be all to happy when the kids see oral sex simulated on-stage, but the more accustomed to homosexuality as a somewhat-okay concept, the better. without at least some wiggle-room on the issue, people allow their kids to grow up and be entirely disgusted by homosexuality. as a Junior-high student, i think i can say that the level of ignorance, tolerated ignorance no less, should shock some people more than 2 guys kissing on stage. This performance was certainly not what one would hope to see every day, but if we lose our heads in concerns to what our kids see on tv, especially when it can easily be good for a culture, then we really have gone nuts. Men and women do it on tv all the time. Is it so crazy to let two guys have one kiss during a performance?
I am a huge fan,but I think the focus was not on the music,too much
was going on ...AMA'S not the venue for this!I think that kids see too
much too soon ,and this is still supposed to be a prime time show!
My husband hates award show, so I do not get to watch to many of them.
Last night when I was able to watch the American Music Awards, after many year of not being able to.
To my disappointment they turned out to be the American Sleaze awards. From the Janet Jackson going under the male dancers legs and groping his male parts, the next to nothing outfits, and to top the sleaze off, there was Adam Lambert.
Maybe they can take a lesson from Taylor Swift, and get back to clean performing and singing. I truly hope she never turns to this kind of sleazy performing.
I am so glad I did not have teenagers watching with me last night.
Madonna kissed two women on stage – Britney and Christina. I don't see a difference with two men kissing. It's the same thing as Madonna did.
Sex sells, apparently and when the star like GaGa and Rihanna, and their background performers dress like skanks, and do sexually charged moves, somebody thinks it must sells.
It's too much for me, I like classic looks. Would NOT want my kids to watch the AMA. I don't want them to have role models who dress like sluts. Women have more value than that.
I don't like Adam Lambert – so the thought of him kissing or procreating with anyone – is gross to me. But really – people need to get over the kiss. If Men & Women and Women & Women can kiss on stage – on TV – anywhere – then Men should be able to too. And strippers aren't barred from the TV – there are tons of shows that have had strippers – they're just not completely naked.
Did anyone see Nip/Tuck?! That show was all soft-core porn the whole time it was on. What's the big deal?
I think it is horrible it was just as bad when madonna did it. They should have more respect for thereselves and others to keep it behind closed doors. I will never listen to none of his music.
GOD WANTED ADAM TO BE GAY. Ok?? Stop whining and just RESPECT DIVERSITY. If you can't do that, then go to Mars or something.
The Performance was awful the kiss just put the slime on the cake
Let him be. I thought it was kind of hot. Like two girls too. If he is gay, he is gay. Nobody can change him.*
From the comments I've read here, most people are not homophobic and were not offended by the kiss. They are offended by the simulated oral sex, raunchiness and S&M content of that performance.
Adam tweets: "All hail freedom of expression and artistic integrity."
I say – grow up. This is just a bs, overworked comment used as a coverup for immature defiance. That performance was disrespectful to your audience who did not expect this from you. Adam has said he is trying to figure out how to entertain the fans he's gained – and yet in this first solo attempt he has in effect said f**k you, I don't give a sh*t what you think, and has alienated many of them.
Adam is so talented, has such a huge wonderful voice – but instead chooses to deflect our attention from his fabulous talent so that we instead are now talking about his raunchiness.
It's a shame – on the eve of his album launch – an unremarkable, shoddy performance which cannot even be redeemed by his wonderful voice.
Had he been in his best voice last night, perhaps he might have pulled it off. Instead, for whatever reason, last night the voice failed him and he screeched – almost as badly as Danny Gokey. I have watched every tour performance on youtube, been to a live performance and have never heard him sing so badly. I've certainly never heard him screech in the manner he did last night.
I do not think his career is ruined, but he has suffered a setback. I hope Adam has learned from this. Fortunately, people overseas do not find the nature of that performance offensive so in future that may be where his real audience will be – certainly not in the US if he continues on the path we saw last night.
i thought that whole show was awful wow adam sure changed and there was no talent there just a lot of screamon and lights jlo looked awful and stupid . why didnt she come out in a nice gown and just sing and lady gaga what a joke. what happened to real talent.
Yeah, it was disgusting but who cares. If two dudes want to kiss then let them kiss. Who does it hurt? Get over it. Quit trying to control people. Do what you want Adam, screw what people think.
Oh to add to my previous comment that it has been done before for music videos. Go to youtube and watch "To Be Loved" by Papa Roach for your S&M and I forgot that for your girl on girl kiss the same artist, Papa Roach "Getting Away with Murder". The lead singer looks a lot like this guy too he wears make up and everything. If anyone actually thinks about it there are endless examples.
I liked Adam when he was on American Idol but after last night perfomance I will never buy or allow my son to buy any of his CD's. It was very embarasssing watching his performance with my son. He went too far and ABC should be ashamed for allowing it to be shown.
I have a lot of gay friends but they don't make me uncomfortable by publicly displaying their affections with their partners in front of me. A lot of comments here say that we shouldn't judge Adam and what he did. But the fact that he did it on public meant he was inviting comments, soliciting reactions – positive or negative. He should be as open to the negative as much as he wants the public to be open to what he did.
I believe in tolerance...but it doesn't mean that they have to make me agree and accept all their actions, as much as they don't want to be pushed to agree with mine. Some comments here equate being conservative to being homophobic and wrong. Now, who's generalizing here?
That performance didn't give people the chance to decide if they would like to watch that kiss...the decision was instead made for them already. Now where's the respect for other people in that?
Intimate moments should be done in private. This applies to both homosexuals and heterosexuals. No double standard for me.
Saw the beginning of his song...turned the channel. Glad I did now that I see what he did. Unnecessary....at least at this point in his career.
Music videos. Papa Roach "Want to be Loved" for example.
Americans are ridiculous, puritanical, religious, judgmental prudes. The responses here are laughable and really show how stupid Americans have really become. Unbelievable.
Leave him alone, this is just a typical case of america being homophobic! Why is no one picking on all the other artists with outragous performances? oh thats right BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GAY.
Perhaps ABC's executives feel that Lambert's antic's on the AMA's are a good jumping off point to offer him [Lambert] his own Sunday Night Variety show? Now that would be good ABC "Family" programming!NOT!
First I will say, I could care less about the kiss. Good for him! But his performance was a disappointment. The crudeness was a bit much I thought. Overall it reminded me of an immature, rebellious teenager. I thought he had more class than he displayed last night.
I was kinda shocked by the simulated oral sex, the kiss was nothing. However it is a type of theatre and im shocked at all the parents saying they dont want their children seeing such things when the whole music awards ALWAYS has chicks with their twa things hanging out all over the place and rubbing all over bare chested men. So i don't see any difference other than it was a male this time. People in this country have such a twisted and backwards view of sexuality. Still acting like it's fine to have females as sex objects but not males.
yuckpoo....very tacky and unprofessional. I am a huge Idol fan, I am shocked by Adam. I'm sure his parents are so "not" proud
It wasn't the the fact that they kissed that grossed me out...who cares? It was the fact that it looked the poor other guy never saw it coming, and Adam nearly swallowed him whole! A little less man handling would have been better! Other than that, no probs, except he is a terrible performer and I hate his music
I applaud Adam Lambert! To the people who think it was "too much": It most certainly wasn't too much, every other performer at the AMAs had a show that was racy. To the people with kids watching, I say: GOOD, let your children see it. It certainly won't hurt them, children today are growing up in a much more diverse society than the older (old) people of yesteryear. Today's kids need to be more open minded and accepting of other peoples' lifestyles; otherwise, this world is ALWAYS going to be a hateful world with wars and disputes raging and running everything.
On a side note: to the people who feel like gay people force their sexuality down your throat, put yourself in our (tasteful) shoes for a moment. Next time you're out in public, make a mental note every time you see a straight couple kiss, hold hands, or show any other kind of affection in public. Then realize that if you were gay and did that with the person you love, you would be subject to rude remarks, ugly looks, and even the possibility of bodily harm.
I think it's just time the people in America GROW UP and realize that people are different, and sometimes you just have to tune them out (or in this case change the channel) for a few minutes.
Some interesting comments here.
Presumably Brittany kissing Madonna was seen as sexy, but this?
Oh, and as a psychology graduate, I'd just like to add that the vast majority of people who hold homophobic views are more likely to be repressing and concealing their own 'confusions.'
Just a point.
Ya know not everyone in the world wants their children to grow up and be gay, but this is a free country and confused people choose to be that way. But if you must kiss a man do it on your own time not on live television. Kids watch that show and it is sending a very bad message to them. It'sso sad that this is what the future is coming too. I have never been a fan of Adam. I think he is a disgusting person. It's a shame that the WINNER of american idol had to announce someone else and the LOSER got to have the last "shocking" performance that was quote "going to be the most talked about"
I agree with the one comment that states, those that watched this show are probably already immune to the overly sexed entertainment we have grown accustomed too. Many of the comments on this post contest to the fact that we are desynthesized to most of it anymore. W
Whats the big deal ? Its ok if 2 or more women kiss on TV. But OMG not guys.Get over it.Madonna and Britney Spears smooched on live TV. And everyone loved it. Let Adam kiss a guy if he wants to.I say Adam kiss whom u like on Tv. The world will get over it. Its about time a guy can kiss another guy.
Adam Lambert just took the gay community back about 20 years at least with his irresponsible display of personal intimacy This certainly indicates his lack of respect and maturity level to have performed his message on national television. He obiviously has something to say but he will not be heard nor recieved well with this form of communication. Hope he grows up soon before he damages the community any more!!
I think it's awesome. Freedom at it's best yo!
I was shocked, not by the kiss but by the oral sex simulation. I felt like I witnessed a crime, like someone was being raped on stage. I especially feel bad for my 8 year old daughter who will not be allowed to watch the music awards next year or possible ever. AMA should consider that it is a boost to music sales, but only if people watch. Next year I'll pass.
I second and third what some are saying.
A kiss is fine.
Pulling someone down to your crotch, simulating violent sex acts and S&M scenes is just plain tasteless.
If we were watching a Cabaret show, ok, fine, maybe. For a music awards show it was tasteless spectacle.
In the end, it's about record sales and building a fan base. I think Adam did more to hurt himself than help.
The homophobia around here is very disheartening. The performance may have been racy, but for crying out loud, if your main complaint is that Adam kissed a man, wake up! Discrimination, bigotry, homophobia and hate do nothing to promote good in our society.
That was hands down the HOTTEST! moment in network television. Absolutely brilliant.
I am appalled at all of these "parents" who are upset that their children were exposed to "porn". To the lady who laments that she now feels she needs to DVR everything and screen it before her children see it, I say, "DUH, you haven't already been doing that?" Network television here in Houston airs Family Guy at 6 freaking 30! During Dinner! Where is the outrage about that? As parents, we are responsible for what our children are exposed to! Plus, his performance was late at night and the AMA's were full of sexuality the whole time! My boys didn't see any of it, they are too young and I DVR everything already, I have to. As for a double standard, Hell yes there is one! Good for you Adam for having the cajones to get everyone talking about it and not compromising yourself!! I Love your album and support you 110%!
The "passionate" kiss was shocking, but I could've dealt with it on its own. But with everything that happened on stage – ESPECIALLY the oral sex simulation – I actually got offended. It was raunchy and crude and crossed a socially-acceptable line. Is this really making a statement most gay people want to make? I doubt it. A public display of affection should be accepted by all, but a display like Adam's entire performance was meant to be dirty and shocking with a total disregard to the wide variety of people watching. This shouldn't be accepted, and there should be major consequences for him, as well as the network for not having better censorship.
This was amazing!!! It's funny that kids could watch Eminem curse the hell out of a song but you can't watch a guy entertaining his fans!! Ridiculous and go ADAMMMM!!! Buy his album.... ITS AMAZINGGGGGG!!!!!!
A kiss is a kiss, but the bondage crap and the simulated oral sex was disgusting on Prime Time TV where, we all know that children were watching. For the performance, not the kiss, he should be banned from any Prime Time TV appearances and should also be fined. I USED to be and Adam Lambert fan!
Seriously, such a double standard even in 2009. Remember that kiss between Britney and Madonna...did that cause the same storm as Adam's kiss, no.
Give the guy a break, he's an entertainer and he happens to be gay...it was a kiss....SO WHAT.
ABC – Any Bawdy Content
1 Gay kiss would have been fine.
2 people sticking their tongues down eachothers throat on Network TV, not fine.
Adam pulling down a females crotch not fine.
Shoving a guys head into his crotch disgusting.
His song, very forgetable.
ABC did him a favor by editing the West Coast Version but he doesn't get it.
The Madonna/Brittany Kiss was very tame compared to this, and wasn't that on cable?
Carrie Underwood's Burlesque Show was trashy, where is she getting her advice from?
Shakira's stripper line hip thrusting in front of the front row was trashy.
The best of the show:
Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys & J.Z., Whitney Houston
All Classy and Musically artistic.
I'm 25 years old and watched the performance on Youtube today. I wasn't shocked. When it comes to the American mainstream entertainment industry, I'm not shocked by anything anymore. The Saw movies (and any other horror movie), the constant sex and violence on TV, the sexually charged songs I've heard on the radio over the years has completely desensitized me to the point where anything having to do with violence, sex or drugs does not bother me.
But I will say that what he did on the show did indeed "push the envelope" which will push future entertainers to do even more "raunchy" stuff. No, I'm not referring to the kiss or the dragging of the girl by the ankle or the part where he looked like he was fingering another girl simply because all of that has been done before. I'm referring to when he grinded his crotch into that male dancer's face. I just sort of laughed and shook my head like "I can't believe it" when I saw that. I'm glad I don't even watch TV anymore, I have no interest in that sort of nonsense. In a few years, "entertainers" will be doing things that will make the stuff that Madonna did in her hey-day look like mere child's play. Personally I think he should of saved that "sexually-charged" performance for MTV instead of the AMA's. But it will sell his albums and make for a "good" publicity, which is what his goal was anyway; to ruffle peoples' feathers.
You are wrong.
He will lose fans and has in me.
I am not sure if I am lost as a fan because he chose to display his sexuality on stage in that manner( kids stayed up to see their American Idol or a recorded version of last nights performance.He was more responsible with this behavior obviously during Idol.) or because they man I liked and his music wasn't there last night. I was watching a poor vocal performance, a very poor theatrical performance and CLEARY a man with a different agenda. He is now just a POOR mans Madonna wannabe.
To all the straight people on TV who've ever kissed (including Al and Tipper Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign):
We get it. You're straight. Move on.
Adam's kiss was minimal compared to leading the male dancer around on a leash, standing close where a females face is in his crotch, etc. .And He wonders why people aren't focusing on his musical talent? watch a playback Adam. you advertised yourself as a sexual freak. I think you shot yourself in the foot. I actually think you are an amazingly creative and vocal musician and I wish that you had someone around you that you respected that would offer you wisdom to help you present your talent so people can really embrace you
Go and do you thing. Entertain us. I will always buy all the things you produced. I wish you all the best. Be as big as you want to be.
Do not care for any homophobic comments. This country is way to concern with reacting towards gay people. You have abundant of talent so use it as wisely as possible. Your heart is in the right place and you will prevail.
Go Go Go adam!!!!
Gay or straight the performance was in such bad taste and Adam did not sing well at all. Too bad, he has such a great voice but the arrangement and his screaming was awful. I had loved Adam on American Idol and he completely missed the mark last night. The show and his performance should have been about music not agendas. I am no longer an Adam Lambert fan.
It's art people! Half of what we listen to and watch today is b/c of the risks that artists have taken over the years. e.g. Elvis was viewed as provocative and appalling with his dance moves but look at the doors he opened musically for other artists today. I'm not saying Adam is gunna be the next Elvis but come on people the performance was like 3 min long so get over it! Oh and by the way they warned you in the beginning of the show that it may contain "inappropriate content" IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT THEN DON'T WATCH IT!
No biggie when Brittany and MaDonna did it. No biggie when Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley did it. So naturally its no biggie now that Adam Lambert did it. However, the whole face in the crotch thing was too much for network TV in my opinion.
so you are gay good for you, but to display the sex acts was way out of line. If he was making a statements for gay he did a poor job. Nobody wants to see the sex acts, if they, (gays) want respect then they need to give respect. All he did was push the gay movement backwards. A kiss is one thing, but to add all that other stuff was beyond belief. ABC should be fined to the max.
Congratulations! Adam! I am your biggest fan . May god cherish you all the wa with this amazing career. I know its hard sometimes to be yourself. And i admire you by accepting who you are. May no bad comments stop you in life if you receive 100 bad comments just remember that there are MILLIONS out there supporting you. And if ever get tired of this HOMOPHOBIC country just remember that GOD also created other countries out there that will open the doors for you like ITALY, GERMANY, SPAIN, MEXICO where they love and support their gay community. We Need More people like you in this universe!
I don't see what the big deal is. People get so upset and over hyped about such silly things. There are bigger problems in the world than people kissing.
I have been a big fan of adam, since american Idol. I think he is
very talented and has an amazing voice. I stayed up late to watch
his performance on the music awards. I was shocked and
appalled. the kiss was the least of my shock. I don't care that
he is gay, but his actions on the show were appalling. Needless to
say i definately am no longer a fan.
adam: TOTAL NASTINESS!! I am sadden at the way our society is heading!!
He has done exactly what he needed and wanted to do. He has got all of us debating the performance ad nauseum. Whether you like him or not, he's got you thinking and talking about him. Who cares what happened? It's over, move on, forget about it.
So what's up with this Lambert guy? He'll go the way of so many rock starts before him when the average music fan tires of him. As for his performance last night, could it be the first clink in his armor?
Adam, over the top! You don't need to be – that's the sad thing. Your voice is what is going to sell records and make you a super star. The screaming has got to go! If you want to be kinky, perform in New York gay bars. Gay is okay – S&M is not! If you don't want to sell records – keep it up!
The only part of the AMA's I saw was, unfortunately, Adam's performance! I was sickened by what I saw, and heard..... I just happened to flip it on right at the end. I thought I would enjoy seeing Adam sing, but, that was NOT what I expected at all.... Aside from the fact that he wants to make a big deal about being gay, I did not think the song was very musical or entertaining. The words were meant to taunt us all about how we WILL accept and allow the alternative sexual lifestyle to permeate our society wether we all want to have it IN OUR FACE OR NOT! I am very disgusted to say the least. It reminded me of a very Satanic type of taunt, as though people who are not of that genre will suffer to live with that type of lifestyle in their face no matter what. No one likes to be forced to put up with such perversion. Remember the story about the Kings New Robe? No one would DARE say that he was being bamboozled about the fact that the designers were not actually making him a new robe, but, in fact ripping him off.... It took an innocent child to finally say "The King Isn't Wearing Any Clothes!".... In this same light, I believe an innocent "Child" person WILL finally come out and let us know that we are total idiots to continue allowing ourselves to be degraded to such low life, sexual behavior in advertising, television, movies, et al.... When will we find the strength to say; SHOW SOME DECENCY PEOPLE....... We need to protect the innocent young, and others who are not, and do not want, to be a part of this type of alternative, and adult perverted private life style. Whether it be Madonna, or whoever!!!!!!! I'm sick of it! The people of this interest area need to live that life style away from my face! I have a right to NOT be bomblasted with your stuff! Accidently or otherwise...... Think about it........ If anyone else is appalled...... SPEAK UP!!!!!!!! Not just because Adam kissed a guy..... Whatever!!!!!! It was the entire performance, and the words that went with it.
Please. Performance was alright. The kiss. Whatever. Bottom line - too bad the song sucks.
Adam is kinda cute. But that was kinda un-expected. The kiss I mean.
You know what? I don't like the over-the-top sexuality whether it is Madonna, or Lady Gaga, or Adam Lambert. Frankly, it isn't just "the kiss" – although it wasn't just "a kiss," was it? It was a semi-violent, controlling, s&m kiss. It was the dog-walking, crotch-grabbing, simulating oral sex...all on a program that used to be something my family looked forward to watching together. Forget that! We'll just stick with our NetFlix rentals while the major networks continue to wonder why viewership is slding into the dustbin. Adam Lambert has his agenda. That's nice. But I don't have to watch.
This just tells me and all other viewers that when he was on am idol I coulld tell he was bisexual .and did not like him from the begining and shame on cbs for showing this trash! joe
I actually voted for him on AI. I wouldn't do the same now. Where I had considered buying his music I will not now. There's a such thing as a lifestyle and there's also a such thing as throwing it out into people's faces and daring them to be disgusted. Well guess what. It worked. Even some of his supporters were turned off by this. I'm sure he'll keep his narrow fan base, but the trouble is, it just got narrower.
I wasn't shocked or upset by it at all. It's about time that all people can be free to be themselves, no matter where they are, without facing judgment by everyone else. Would anyone have been upset if he did the exact same thing with a girl? If not then stop the double standards!
Tv has gotten so bad with Gay, adultry etc. Im about to pull the plug on it and throw it out the door. I cant keep letting my kids watch tv if they are going to get worse and worse!
For me, who doesn't follow AI and was interested in seeing what Adam Lambert could do outside of AI, I was just disappointed in his performance. Did he know that he sounded terrible and therefore went for some additional shock value at the last minute to make sure someone was talking about him the next day? Really, the performance itself left a lot to be desired...right now I just know him as an over the top performer, than someone who can actually sing. With Lady Gaga, as over the top she is, she's been able to exhibit some real talent and vision in her music. Hoping Adam realizes that at some point he actually needs to draw attention to why he developed such a following to begin with...his voice.
I saw the show. the awards show kept talking about his big performance and kept hyping it up. I liked Adam on the Idols but this was a bit TOO MUCH! I do not agree with gay and I am even sick of all the girl to girl kissing in movies that have been getting worse and worse over the last year. Just because you want to be accepted doesnt mean its right and doesnt mean you should push it on people who dont ask for it.
I do not believe or accept gay. I dont treat them differently but I expect them to warn me about it. I want my kids to NOT be watching it. This to me was just as offending as Janet Jacksons "wardrobe Mishap"
He did that guys head down near his private at the begining and then the kiss. That is just too much for public tv
Seriously – what's the big deal. No one bitches or complains about the overtley sexual TV content on shows like 90210 or Melrose etc... but all up in arms about Adam Lambert's performance???
Please – you see FAR MORE violence, sexual promiscuity, murders, rapes etc... in video games that parents let their kids play – the perpetual babysitters. Talk about THAT being inappropriate.
What about all the other performers who've done the same thing? Why is his performance any different than any other singer/performer who's ever crossed a stage? Why – because he is a man?
ABC put out warnings all night about this so-called outrageous performance. And yet, you watched. And now people are bitching?? Are you serious? Ugh.
I a ma huge fan of both adam and gaga!
Why does Adam lambert get dicriminated but Lady gaga does not ? She Was Showing her self off much more and nothing? Who is to discriminate against Adam He Is just plainly BEING HIMSELF!
I love Adam but I have to say this performance was lacking. Instead of showcasing his great voice, he just tried to shock everyone. And the kiss didn't bother me as much as other parts of the performance. It was just vulgar!
I did not know the sex of the person he kissed, It could have been either femaql or male. My first thoughts when I stumbled on to abc was, he is out of key, off pitch and what was that with walking the dancers around like they were dogs. Nothing to do with his being gay. It was all in poor taste so I switched the channel.
Why do we find human sexuality so profane? This shouldn't even be an issue.
Yuk! Gross and disgusting! Never was a fan, so glad I missed the AMAs. Seeing the pic of it is enough for me. Now I'll be puking all week. And, no, I'm not prejudice against gays, but I also don't want to see that on my tv. I don't kiss my husband like that in public. Neither should they!
You're absolutely right that big deal a guy kisses a guy. It's 2009, why are we shocked about this still? Truth of that matter is the entire performance was RAUNCHY and the song plain and simply sucked! Was very disappointed because I was looking forward to his performace.
I don't care about the performance. The song sucked
Adam's act was so far out of line it is a wonder he didn't have sex on stage. I don't care if it is Janet boob or Adam... Kids watch these shows for their favorite groups, and my 11-year-old daughter said “did I see what I think I saw.” So we changed the channel!!!
If he wants to do that for his concerts that’s one thing, but he must always remember that kids watch those shows too. I myself was looking forward to seeing him perform; However, the next time I want to see two men getting it on I’ll get the video. That show did not come with a rating saying that some of the content may not be for younger audiences. A rating would have given me the option to let my daughter watch or not! That decision should always be mine!!!!!
That is absolutely disgusting and disapprove, thank the Lord above that my children listen to christian music. When has this become okay and its not okay to offend gays but its okay to offend christians, sad just sad.
Oh, the scandal! The shock!
I bet Adam Lambert is laughing is a** off right now over all those soccer moms and Bible-thumping hicks going insane.
Noticed how NOT shocked the producers were about Adam's little show? That's because they knew EXACTLY what they were going to get.
If you want to blame someone, don't just blame the artist.
I thought Lambert's spectacle was hilarious, obviously he knows not to take himself and this media circus too serious.
You rock, Adam!
I am openly accepting of gays, but what is the difference of men kissing men and women kissing women? Men kissing men is seen by many as unacceptable, but lemme tell ya, two women kissing on a show, next thing you know more shows do it because it's seen as a ratings boost. Just like gay men relations are more likely suppressed by the media verses lesbian women interaction is eaten up in the porn world. Men can't stand seeing two guys, but two women, yeah baby. Not fair, period. It wasn't just the kiss, but I found his song performance more meant to be an eyebrow raiser and promote his album with scandal. I guess his lack of talent is so apparent they have to take this approach to promote his album. Way too obvious.
No, you don't get it, CNN. The kiss was the least provocative thing about the entire performance. The simulated oral sex and the panty/crotch snapping&grabbing etc. was what has good Americans all riled up. Lest we forget, it was Primetime, which is no time for soft porn.
I was absolutely disgusted by that performance. I am glad that my children, that were watching it with me, were not old enough to ask questions about that performance. What would I have said? I thought that it was very disrespectful to the American audience that voted for him on American Idol. The costumes, oral sex insinuated, and then the kiss...horrible.
GO ADAM! This is who you were on American Idol, the media just didn't know it yet! I love that you don't care what people think and take risks! I loved ya since day one on American Idol and I will continue loving you! This is 2009 PEOPLE, get over it!
I want him to sing . i dont care about what he does in his bedroom
he wining and conplainning and lacks self control , i work with drug
addicts I will be praying for him.
Go Adam! That was great.
Gay has nothing to do with it. I would not want my child to see this even in a heterosexual content. There is a line for public TV and it was crossed last night! Thankfully I sent my kids to bed early!
I'm a 25 year old heterosexual male living in Alabama and I have absolutely no qualms with what occurred on the AMAs. Let me tell you why. First, I didn't even watch it, and Nielsen ratings will testify that neither did 250+million other Americans. The demographic that this stuff reaches is not mine, and those that it does reach are probably not the ones that find this to be an issue. I guarantee that 99% of the people who were offended by this didn't even watch the original broadcast, instead they looked it up or watched it after the fact because they heard about what happened through the media blitz (AOL, CNN, Facebook, MySpace, Drudge, every portal I go to there is an article about it) or through some chain of emails from the far right homophobes telling your friends and family to boycott Disney and ABC for promoting this (hasn't worked that last 100 times they did, yet they still keep trying... at least they are persistent at being pissed off at everything). So more than half of the people "offended" by this display have no right to be, since they brought it upon themselves by looking it up on the internet or the like. That just shows how big of a bigot these people really are because their lives have not been affected whatsoever by this event happening, it's a lot of bull. Second, this happens everyday on MTV and in other music videos between men and women or even two women, but the double standard that they mention because it was two men is absolutely true and pretty ridiculous for this to create controversy and not the others (we should be more concerned with the amount of sex on television regardless of gender). Third, if that was two straight men kissing, simply for the sake of controversy, I don't think it would have even been an issue. But because Adam Lambert is gay (news to me, I don't even watch any of that American Idol cr@p) they pounce on it and blast him for it. Grow up America, worry about your government bankrupting your children and socializing your country, not a meaningless award show music performance
I am a 62 year old woman. get over this! it is no one's business. I've seen it all & this is nothing. also, I watched American Idol & I was rooting for Lambert. sexuality in this day & age is unimportant! Belive me, after the '60 this is soooo mild. You rock Adam. what talent you have. Enjoy!
Adam's talent is already established after months of proving himself.
His performance last night was about making a statement. He's here to entertain in crazy, fun ways. If you're not ready for that, it'll be your loss.
And nothing he did last night would have been a big deal if he was a woman. That's just fact. America needs to move forward and stop being so afraid of change.
It's not that fact that it was a man on man kiss. It's the blatant sexuality that was not appropriate on network tv. Children watch this show to see their favorite "stars" perform great music. An act like Adam's would have been more appropriate for HBO or Showtime. Not on ABC following America's Funniest Videos which is a family oriented show. When you push pass all the boundaries, what's left? No more values? No more morals? It makes me want to DVR any shows that my children would normally watch and make sure they are appropriate. I'm just glad my kids were already in bed. I can not even imagine how I would have explained that to them.
Good bye forever Adam Lambert. Hello Kris Allen.
I consider myself very open minded and have gay family members and friends. The idea of man-on-man kissing and woman-on-woman kissing doesn't bother me. But as a mother of two children I was more shocked/appalled at the head-to-crouch dance moves and handling of a woman's crouch than I was about the kissing. I thought this was music awards, I'm a fan of Lambert, but this wasn't about artistry at all. There is a time and a place, and prime time television isn't the place for movements such as those.
I am a married, heterosexual woman/mother (although really not that this matters, but to some it does), and I was not offended at all.
There are a ton of things on TV now-a-days that are not for the eyes of little ones, and being a mother of 2 I know I have to be careful what I have on during prime-time TV. This should not be a shock to anyone that something with sexual content is on during prime-time. That's the norm these day.
Of course this is going to be shocking to many conservative and Christian people... that's no surprise.
But, for me, I think everyone has a right to choose to live how they want to live and Adam is not hurting anyone. Not even by doing this on prime-time. Again, viewers should know all kinds of "adult" content is on at that time of night.
I think it is good that the double standard and discrimination that exists in this country (world) between heterosexuals and homosexuals is being exposed! Because that's the real issue here, the double standard and discrimination.
If Beyonce were out shaking her booty like she normally does and engaged in a kiss like this with a man, we'd not be on CNN talking about it now. No one would blink an eye. That stinks!
Well Adam is very talented BUT he just shot himself in the foot, the big dumbie. Yuk Yuk and Yukky. keep it to yourself Adam. we are not interested. you took your talent in a very nasty direction. would not touch your music with a ten foot pole now.
I enjoyed, he entertained me. Good job Adam.
Out of all of the artists who were on the AMA show, he's got the most chatter after the awards show. Is it artistic expression or is it publicity spin?
Great Adam your gay, but use your head man!! thousands of kids were watching with their parents and now those parents are freaked out and are not going to buy your album for their kids for xmas bc they are afraid of an S&M show under their tree this year..
as he says what's wrong with shock rock? surely, you're not that old and closed minded
I loved, loved, loved Adam's image, vocals and pure charisma I saw on American Idol. I was very sleepy sunday night but stayed up specifically for Adam's performance–even made my husband stay awake with the promise of "this guy can really sing!!". I am completely accepting of Gays and their rights–the kiss did not bother me at all. However, I audibly gasped when I saw the oral sex/bondage message being sent loud and clear. I was literally screaming at the TV–begging him to stop, wondering how the people who take care of his public image could let him do this?? I now find myself completely turned off to Adam–will not buy the album will not give a second look next time he is on the awards show. I am afraid this talented person has just ruined his career before he got a chance to shine. What a shame.
With all the issues we have going on in the U.S., i.e. job loss, a terrible economy, drugs, gangs, the war, etc., you'd think people would be more worried about that than something on TV. It's entertainment TV, people. This stuff wouldn't be so important if everyone would look at it for what it is–entertainment. So what if he kissed a guy? If you didn't, or don't, like it, then change the channel. There are plenty of other shows on that can be watched.
Maybe the way it was presented was for shock value and rather crass, but truth be told, it is his right to do such things. Surely ABC had to have known something was going to happen, even if they didn't know all the particulars. I'm really not that surprised that it was aired, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was all planned out from the beginning.
Either way, there are bigger things to get your panties in a bundle about, and this should not be one of them. Put all that energy into something worthwhile, like preparing and shipping some care packages to all of our men and women stationed overseas and down range who can't be home for the holidays. How about we take care of those who protect and care for us. If not that, then there is a whole host of opportunities to help out others who are struggling around us.
I thought Adam was great. I think the whole purpose was to entertain and get people talking. My only dissapointment is that people will not give his album a chance....i'ts great. The preformance was a perfect fit for the song if anyone listened to the words. love him
I couldn't care less if he is gay or not but I thought his performance was disgusting. I was appalled that it would be allowed on television. It was carefully thought out and well rehearsed so henceforth nothing he does will be shown in my house. I thought he was a very good singer but this was taking it a bit over the top.
Homosexuals and lesbians have been around since the beginning of time. They are not going away just because it makes people feel uncomfortable. The same way Heterosexuals do not choose to be Gay, Gays do not choose to be Heterosexuals. If Heteros can kiss on television than what's good for the goose is good for the gander. It is a life lesson that all people need to learn. This world is not just for the few, it is for all, like it or not.
come on people, who cares! If Britney and Madona can do it, that so can Adam and his keyboard player(who i thought was a girl at first, just sayin). this is 2009, not 1995, being gay is a normal thing these days!
I, for one, have been a fan of Adam from the begining of Americn Idol and its a shame that he didint win, but vocally, this wasnt his best performance.
You are gay, nobody gives a crap! Stop throwing it in our face all the time. Having said that, I don't know if I wanted my kids to see a guy on guy kiss at age 8 and 10.
I have nothing against gays; however I do feel that several parts of the performance were in bad taste for the event. This was not a concert, it was a prime time event and the audience spans a wide age group which means that children. I dont think I would have had any problems with it had it been in a different forum and whereas our children are being exposed to more and more at a younger age I still think think that this was not the forum for Adam to display hi "entertainment" Let me further point out that this goes for male to male; female to female and male to female. It seems that every year we allow the artists to push the envelope futher and further. All of the overtly sexual girating and grabbing etc. absolutely uneccesary.
He looks like a young Libarachi. I bet he could fit in the clothes.
I'm surprised to see this is making its way to the list of top stories on CNN. Popular culture is always a bit ahead of where most people are comfortable. I've seen equally "horrible" and "disgusting" things on virtually every reality show that's come down the pike, on the news most evenings (given the coverage of the wars, dontcha know), and what those jack *sses in the Congress are doing.
Compared to the economy, H1N1, the state of health care, the lack of values in our congressional leaders, and the sorry (remarkably so) state of the media in general, I'm not so sure I'm willing to call a foul on something so easily overlooked or ignored.
It's funny how world hunger, child and animal abuse, earth warming and violent crimes do not have this many reactions. At least his actions will help change mentalities and make an impact in the gay community. Your negative comments will only stay on this page and be forgotten in a couple of days. Live and let live.
Wasn't all of us men so hot and bothered when Madonna,Brittany, and Christina kissed. Now all of us men are just bothered by two males? Get over it. All of these comments against a KISS shows how poorly developed we are as humans. "Woo Hoo Cletus, I LOVE me some girl on girl, but them boys are just sick." Welcome to the USA.
I think there is a double standard that woman can make out on TV but men can't. But at the same time, what does being gay have to do with music. Your there to show your music. I wouldn't have sex on a mattress in sears so you shouldn't really be making out at the music awards and that applies to all sexes. I personally think Madonna and Britney should have been banned from the MTV awards for a year because really your lesbian suggestions have nothing to do with the music. Your there to perform your art. So just sing and keep your tongue out of other peoples throats.
I thought it was gross but I'm not a big fan of Adam Lambert's music.
I think he screeches mosty and big deal he can reach high notes.
To me it's all screeching. I thought his performance was little much but for me the whole show was ridiculous. I know I'm old so I guess that's why I don't like rap music. My thirteen year old grandson does and I guess I can understand it somewhat. I like music that you know what they are saying, kind of like Michael Jackson's music. I know if you don't like something you can shut it off and that's what I ultimately did. I kept switching back and forth hoping somebody good would come on but it never really happened.
Who cares if he's gay or straight! his performance was the WORSE of the night. Now I know why he didn't win: he was just plain horrible.
Not talented at all
Adam is so REFRESHING! He can actually sing! Give 'em hell Adam! We love you! As well as Lady Gaga, and Kelly Clarkson. Amazingly talented. If you don't like it, dont watch.
If he trying to get his career off the ground and appeal to the masses, he won't make.
Needs to sing more (has a great voice) and screeeech less.
He might be better bring the opening act for Cher.
We have a major double standard in this country. People say "he's gay we get it, why does he have to show it in public?" Where as if a heterosexual performer were to kiss someone of the opposite sex or do the same thing this performance wouldn't even be discussed. People make an issue because he is different than the norm. I'm sorry but gay people won't stay in the closet, we deserve to be treated the same as the rest of the population.
seriously? is this really an issue! COME ON PEOPLE...GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON!
Let's get on to more pressing social issues than a man kissing a man..good gawd! It's not that serious!! It's called real life!
There is no doubt that Adam Lambert AMA dance choreography was in poor taste. His groping women and men several times and then kissing the band member was disgusting. I have been supported of him and was planning on buying his album, but now I will not buy the alburn and will never support Adam. Whatever kind of life he lives is ok by me but he should never put on a performance on primetime TV where there are children watching. He needs to get with a porn agency if this is the type of performance that he intends for his career.
ABC being a part of Walt Disney never should had allowed him to perform like he did. If they were not aware of the type of performance that he was going to do then when they saw what he was doing they should had had a blackout. Plus his singing last night was like a pack of wolves howling.
Did we all forget how "Shocked" we were by Elvis' gyrating hips? By Michael Jackson rearranging his privates with every song? There is always someone to push the boundaries of what we as a society decree to be "the standard". Go for it Adam.
Oh Yeh, and one of these days the Gays of America will be granted the same freedoms and rights as others in America.
Adam is gay, I'm straight, who cares? It was blatantly obvious the whole performance (not just the guy on guy kiss) was designed to be controversial. It also seems like a ploy to distract from the real issue: the song was horrid and Adam's performance was mediocre at best. I miss the days when popular artists actually had talent and not just great PR people.
As for the folks who are appalled that their young children saw this kiss, what were your children doing up at almost 11pm on a Sunday night? That's not "prime time" tv. There is a reason the producers put him on last. Had the act been squeaky clean don't you think Adam would have performed earlier on in the show?
Seriously people, this isn't 1955. A kiss is just a kiss. Is it necessary to be an uptight hypocrite? If this were female and female, as it has been in the past.. it wouldn't be a big deal. And if your 12 child so happens to see this behavior... educate them. Wow there's a concept!! On a side note, Adam Lambert sucks. No pun intended. He's overrated and trying too hard to be the male version of Lady Gaga. He needs to be more original. The double standard that people have is pathetic. And lastly, I love how "Christian's" are the first to cast the stones.... Adam, kudos on pushing the boundaries, as Americans need to toughen up and stop living in the past. But, stop trying so hard... you're coming off fake.
personally I think the performance was a little over the top but that's TV for ya.
Having lived n Europe and the US, I would have to say that I am much more open minded and comfortable with issues of sexuality than the average American, so I wasn't freaked out by what Adam Lambert did at the AMAs. Though the broadcast was edited here on the West Coast and I had to see the full version online. All I can say is that people need to realize that if it was a man doing the same things to a woman or a woman doing the same things to another man, I do not think people would have gotten as upset as they apparently have. There is clearly a double standard at play and people need to be aware of that. he is doing the same things straight perfomrers have been doing for decades and 2 men kissing is not the end of society as we know it. His performance was also shown after 10pm closer to 11pm on a Sunday night. If any children were still up watching his peformance, they should have been much older as grade school children should have been in bed before 10pm, since the next day is a school day. So you can't really complain that your kids saw something disturbing or that you didn't approve of since it was past their bed time and you are responsible for making sure their go to sleep on time in the first place.
Hate to admit it, but until all the hubbub this morning, I hadn't noticed that the blonde he kissed was male. I was not impressed with the whole Adam act but have seen worse from George Michaels, Madonna, and the like. I was a huge fan of Adam's and got his pre-ordered album today. I was very disappointed in it. We want to hear Adam's beautiful voice not all the synthesizers, and other raucous acoustical instruments that drown him out. I hope his next album is music, not all this noise. He has a huge audience, but will lose half of us old timers if he doesn't sing.
Oh no, Adam Lambert simulated oral sex and kissed another guy.
It's sex. It's a part of our world. People know this stuff exists.
The the hell over it and grow up, or go join the Amish in Pennsylvania or wherever they are.
Go Adam!! He stood out the most on American Idol. Why would you think he would change? He is extremely talented and entertaining. I loved it.
Did Adam push the boundaries of what we're used to seeing? Yes. But that's what we all tuned in for, "an outrageous, sexy performance".
Adam gets covered because people want him to be outrageous and controversial but then people lose their minds when he doesn't conform to their idea of outrageous. Well, guess what: Rock N Roll was, is and always will be about pushing boundaries. Personally, I look forward to the day when what happened last night ISN'T considered controversial anymore. Too bad in 2009 we aren't there yet.
"Can you handle what I'm about to do?" Some of us can, Adam. And we applaud you for it! It was definitely "for [our] entertainment!
I am a *HUGE* Adam fan, and the song is really good. But the display was horrible. I understand that the ONLY way to make yourself super famous is to do something that isn't the normal.
Look at Lady Gaga: she is a professionally trained piano player wouldn't couldn't make any money until she acted stupid. Same thing. Adam just wants you all to know his album comes out tomorrow so when you are out on Black Friday and you see his face you will go I wonder what the whole albums sounds like, if that is how he is on stage. Same thing.
Shame.. he really is a great singer and I am sad that this the route he took. He really could have been amazing.
When will it ever be about the MUSIC and NOT the costumes (or lack there-of), sets, gimmics, displays of nudity, or an "entertainers's sexuality? Why must these head cases always try to cram their politics or agendas down our throats? I was so disappointed when Adam Lambert did not win American Idol! I was a big fan and anxiously awaiting his album. But after that unfortunate display last night, he can count me out of his fan club! Yes, I know Madonna, Brittany, and a whole host of others have displayed this kind of behavior on the national stage. But Adam was over the top last night. It wasn't just one shocking act, but many! Who cares about his sexuality? I just wanted the pleasure of listening to him sing and watching a very handsome man perform.
I could care less about the kissing part, but this guy could not be more overrated if he tried. I'm completely unenthused by his music and his alleged charisma. He just annoys me. Bleh.
Here's my take on things...
Great, Adam is gay – SO WHAT? We have known this for quite some time now.
Being a gay singer would not have stopped me from buying his music until I saw that kiss. Fortunately I didn't see it on TV – I had to see the picture frozen in time here on CNN.
You know, going for the shock factor or what ever that was is enough to make me want to GAG the same way Madonna and Brittney did several years ago. I never bought a Madonna CD before that and sure haven't done so since. Same for that nut job Brittney.
Thanks to that kiss – I won't be buying his cd.
Being gay doesn't make you an awesome entertainer. If being gay is what you are, fine. Be gay. But if you going to try to shove it in the faces of main stream America – You might want to be careful doing so.
It may just back fire on you and you will be back doing whatever it was pre American Idol.
I was flabbergasted, couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was for Adam the whole time with American Idol but now, forget it. I also found it disgusting in the least. A slap in the face for talent and music, without class or respect for the entertainment world in whole. I wish no one would've stood up and clapped at the end. What the hell was he thinking to do a porno type performance on an award show for the best talent and music? You disgraced the music world Adam and as far as your comment on Madonna, yes she kissed which I personally didn't like but you did a lot more than that, every sex act noted in your show in a program that was to honor music and talent not a public disgusting , degrading display of porno stuff with children probably sitting in the room with their parents. You lost me as a fan Adam.
controversy, blah blah blah... the fact remains that Adam's song sucked and his singing was a parody in and of itself. Here's hoping that Adam's 15 minutes of fame clock has started ticking and he will be gone from the public eye and headlining his own Vegas act in a 2nd rate hotel soon. They guy is a horrible performer!
Confucius say : Be Yourself.
Confucius say : Don't confuse straight people with the pondering of gay sex.
Go for it Adam! I am happy to see two men kissing on TV.
Seriously people! Get over it! There is such a double standard.
BTW, there are PLENTY of women who think that two men kissing is just as hawt as two women making out....we just don't talk about it.
There has to be a limit as to what can be broadcast and not. I am a true Lambert fan, the man is a great singer! Yet this was inappropriate. There are families and children watching these shows. There has to be some protocol. Even between a man and a women. It is disrespectful for the general public. You want to make a statement, do it at your own concerts, not on public TV. As for female entertainers in the past doing it, they were out of line to. Adam, I like you but, this was uncool :(
It wasn't just "the kiss", but the overall performance. The whole performance was gross, degrading, ugly, not at all entertaining. Definitely not OK for ABC television. So disappointed..I was looking forward to his album. I really liked him during A.I. Bad choice!
I'm sorry... I thought we were in the 21st Century... live and let live people... no harm, no foul. Let's get on to some real issues... like Team Edward vs. Team Jacob!!!!
Blatant displays of heterosexuality are not looked down upon or even thought about twice, such as any performance last night done by any number of hetero female performers. But one homosexual performer does his thing and everyone's up in arms. Such bigotry.
I say GOOD! FOR! YOU! Adam, It's about time some one someone has REALLY come out of the close, You go guy!!!!
Not the first time "oral sex" was demonstrated on TV (See MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" Cuban crew and ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" Dereck Hough & partner), not the first time we've seen same-sex kissing on TV, namely awards shows (See MTV's Madonna/Britney kiss.) Still, I have to admit it was very "agenda pushing." I've heard Adam say a lot about "pushing the boundaries", but I think clearly it's more about pushing an agenda. One that 95% of the viewers care nothing about seeing. We get it, there is a gay community (less than 5% of America)...it's not right that ANY 5% force an agenda on the other 95%. Esp when it's this plain GROSS!
I'm not impressed w/ Adam. It doesn't take a genious to have chrisma and lack class. Strippers are "entertainment", there's a reason they are banned from TV. I don't think people should be allowed to do whatever they want and blanket it under the excuse of "entertainment."
I am so tired of entertainers pushing their agendas. I watch to be entertained. Nothing entertaining about that at all. Bad S&M performance. That is the end of Lambert for me.
Lambert's "explanation" that women have been pushing the envelope for decades does little to appease me. I hate Madonna's and Britney's onstage antics as well, and they were for the most part, somewhat tamer than Lambert's garish assault on my eyes and ears. Now, I liked him on American Idol, adn was very surprised he did not win. I often liked the chances he took, his confidence, and his vocal range. Last night's "performance", if you closed your eyes (like I did just to stop the pain) and just listened, was terrible, boring, and repetitive. I agree with Linda Rivera, that his agenda was skewed (paraphrasing). Straight, gay, beastiality....whatever you are into that gross, overt, pornographic sexual display does not belong on prime time TV. I am not talking about the kiss, but the whole thing. The way he handled and positioned that cane at one point? Ugh. Lest you think I am a prude, I am not. You'll just have to trust me on that one.
I think he really went too far. Seeing people kiss is fine, but his kiss was gross! It looked like he was trying to swallow the guys entire head! YUCK! He couldn't even do a tasteful kiss Gross!
I agree with Ms. Kay, who are we to judge, not like anyone else on here or who saw the show is perfect including myself. I personally am a gay male and look at it like this-what is good for the goose is good for the gander, this is not eye-for-an-eye. if Brittany and Madonna can do it and people see it as nothing wrong, then why now, 2 people of the same sex, no difference to me, male or female. You always take a chance on things like this happening with live television. Seems to me this is alot of society issues today, people need to keep their nose in their own back yard before trying to solve or judge others issues. Do you not realize the ONE who judges will also judge you for judging!
I like the Adam I saw on American Idol. I'm cool with the gay kiss and the other stuff would have been fine for HBO or his concert. Other performers have done far worse. But this was ABC and I don't think some of it was appropriate. And the singing: he has such a great voice and for the most part I was in pain listening to it. Was it memorable? Unfortunately yes.
I have no problem with a gay kiss, but I don not like to see anyone stick their tongue down another person's throat, that is gross. And I don't really like his music, but at least he is being honest with himself. He is not trying to hide anything, he is just being who he really is.
I loved Adam's performance; best of the night.
Go Adam! Tell it like it is.
Its 2009 – people should just "BE"..... The tabboo is what happens behind closed doors that we, for centuries, simply pretended didn't happen. Grow up, it isn't a big deal and frankly the ONLY reason it is being made into a deal is because Adam is out, if he were thought to be straight – it would be funny or minimized. Get over it!!
Already people need to get over it. Just like when Madonna lip locked Britney Spears. It is part of an act. Now, when he gets a real boyfriend and they can kiss in public, on TV, out of love and respect for one another, then it will be newsworthy. Until then, it is just pretending.
Get over it. Nobody flipped out when Madonna and Britney Spears smooched on live TV. This is no different from that moment, so why all the whining? Because it was two guys? Give me a break.
I thought that in 2009 shock factors would be a thing of the past. So Adam Lambert kissed a guy on stage and had a sexually charged performance. What's the problem? Madonna has been doing this for over 20 years!! On the VMA's when Madonna and Britney french kissed people were shocked for what, two seconds, and then it was the coolest thing ever. No one complains when it's girl on girl. No one complains when half naked women are treated like sex objects on a stage. No one complains when teenage Britney appears on stage half dressed shaking her butt (not to mention everything else) on stage while claiming virginity. Oh but a guy (and might I add an OPENLY gay guy) kisses another guy and we are shocked and appalled and condemning this guy to hell. What hypocrisy!
The bottom line is that Adam Lambert is superbly talented and he pulled it off. And he's not apologizing. And he won't lose fans because of this either. It is freakin' 2009, people. This stuff is not going away.
We get it Adam, you're gay. Move on
I am sorry to hear that his agenda wasn't really music at all. Being gay must be his #1 reason for being in front of people. Needs the public to watch him not listen to him. That's why he couldn't win American Idol. He doesn't have what it takes.
I say, Go Adam!!!! If that is who you chose to be and you just felt it, then good on you! And to anyone who has a problem with what he did, Screw You!!!! Who are you to judge him? He has to answer for his own sins which again has nothing to do with you. Everyone has something to say about what everybody else is doing. If people paid more attention to what was going on in their own lives, then we wouldn't have half the issues we have today in this world, so until you can say that you have never committed a sin in your entire life, do me a favor, don't judge or cast stones at anyone else.
Horrible. Way too much for Prime Time TV. I'm all good with Gays, but not with S&M and broadcasting bondage while I'm watching a MUSIC awards show with my kids. Absolutely Reckless on Adam Lamberts Part. My son was shocked. He's 12 and could NOT believe this would be allowed. Too bad.
Just plain sick!
I will never listen to or buy any of Adam Lambert's music. This was disgusting!!
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