More than 1,500 Americans were so upset by Adam Lambert’s mock fellatio and man kissing at last night’s American Music Awards that they picked up their phones and complained to ABC about it. Some, presumably, called on their own, while others were likely sent ABC’s way by the Parents Television Council, which asked its members to complain to both the network and Dick Clark Productions, the show’s producer. In a joint statement both companies distanced themselves from the scandalous performance, saying, “We did not expect the impromptu moments.” Which makes sense, since that would be impossible.
Despite all the uproar, Lambert has not backed down:
“Female performers have been doing this for years — pushing the envelope about sexuality — and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes, and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them.”
That last point seems like one everyone can agree on.