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The performance wasn’t well received by the American audience, as the
show is seen as in one of the least controversial award shows as its primetime
television 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 television
received 1,500 complaints about Lambert’s performance. The group describes the
performance as “tasteless” and “vulgar” in their Statement about the
award show (Adam Lambert’s gay kiss, 2009).

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In an interview after his AMA performance, Lambert told Rolling Stone
Magazine: “I’m hoping people were
entertained. For those who weren’t, maybe I’m not your cup of tea.” (Adam
Lambert’s ‘beyond contemptible, 2009) He also spoke about the double standards
in the media saying:

performers have been pushing the envelope sexually for the past 20 years and
all of a sudden a male does it and everybody goes, ‘Oh, we can’t show that on
TV’. To me, that’s a form of discrimination and it’s a double standard, and
that’s too bad.” (Adam Lambert’s ‘beyond contemptible, 2009)

He also mentioned that censoring the performance would amount to
“discrimination”, he added,

that famous kiss during the MTV awards show in which. I don’t mean to get
political but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited. It’s a shame.

Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double
standard.” (American
Music Awards: Adam, 2009)

As a culture, we celebrate female celebrity divas who own their own
original individuality like Gaga, Britney Spears and Madonna but when it comes
to an out and proud gay male who celebrates their own individuality it’s very
rarely they are treated the same. As a culture we are at times seem to be
reluctant to embrace a strong, flamboyant but masculine male performer with
Lambert saying himself: “We’re very eager
to celebrate a strong female. But to celebrate a fellow gay man–it gets catty
sometimes.” (Cover Guy: Adam Lambert, 2012)

Some feel as if he lacks to embrace the gay community, Lambert himself
believes that his success after American Idol is not due in part to the fellow
gay community. He told Instinct Magazine: “As
a 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 for
Rolling Stone Magazine in which he for the first time publicly revealed he was
gay, stating the reason why he kept his sexuality from public knowledge till
after the show the finished was that in fear it would upstage him. With him

wanted the focus to be on my ability as a singer and as an entertainer, not on
my private life, so I chose to kind of ignore the issue until after the voting
ended.” (Adam
Lambert: Wild Idol, 2009)


For Lamberts to say that his private life was nothing to do with him, as
an entertainer may be the reason why it leads to the American Music Awards
preference and why the American audience saw it as controversial.

It may have lead people to believe that he would as a performer with
keep the two subject apart and would just entertain solely as a singer with a
strong on stage persona.  

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