The performance wasn’t well received by the American audience, as theshow is seen as in one of the least controversial award shows as its primetimetelevision a time slot that may have children watching.The BBC reported that media group, The Parents Television Council (PTC),who is known for campaigning against the indecent imagery that is shown on US televisionreceived 1,500 complaints about Lambert’s performance. The group describes theperformance as “tasteless” and “vulgar” in their Statement about theaward show (Adam Lambert’s gay kiss, 2009). In an interview after his AMA performance, Lambert told Rolling StoneMagazine: “I’m hoping people wereentertained.
For those who weren’t, maybe I’m not your cup of tea.” (AdamLambert’s ‘beyond contemptible, 2009) He also spoke about the double standardsin the media saying: “Womenperformers have been pushing the envelope sexually for the past 20 years andall of a sudden a male does it and everybody goes, ‘Oh, we can’t show that onTV’. To me, that’s a form of discrimination and it’s a double standard, andthat’s too bad.” (Adam Lambert’s ‘beyond contemptible, 2009) He also mentioned that censoring the performance would amount to”discrimination”, he added, “sharedthat famous kiss during the MTV awards show in which. I don’t mean to getpolitical but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited.
It’s a shame.Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge doublestandard.” (AmericanMusic Awards: Adam, 2009) As a culture, we celebrate female celebrity divas who own their ownoriginal individuality like Gaga, Britney Spears and Madonna but when it comesto an out and proud gay male who celebrates their own individuality it’s veryrarely they are treated the same. As a culture we are at times seem to bereluctant to embrace a strong, flamboyant but masculine male performer withLambert saying himself: “We’re very eagerto celebrate a strong female.
But to celebrate a fellow gay man–it gets cattysometimes.” (Cover Guy: Adam Lambert, 2012)Some feel as if he lacks to embrace the gay community, Lambert himselfbelieves that his success after American Idol is not due in part to the fellowgay community. He told Instinct Magazine: “Asa community, we’re a little bit resistant to a gay male pop star ourselves.”(Cover Guy: Adam Lambert, 2012)A month after the American Idol finale Lambert did a cover story forRolling Stone Magazine in which he for the first time publicly revealed he wasgay, stating the reason why he kept his sexuality from public knowledge tillafter the show the finished was that in fear it would upstage him. With himsaying: “Iwanted the focus to be on my ability as a singer and as an entertainer, not onmy private life, so I chose to kind of ignore the issue until after the votingended.” (AdamLambert: Wild Idol, 2009) For Lamberts to say that his private life was nothing to do with him, asan entertainer may be the reason why it leads to the American Music Awardspreference and why the American audience saw it as controversial.It may have lead people to believe that he would as a performer withkeep the two subject apart and would just entertain solely as a singer with astrong on stage persona.