Wednesday, November 25, 2009
ABC's homophobic "Lam-ban"
Adam Lambert appeared on CBS' "Early Morning" show today. Where he didn't appear was on ABC's "Good Morning America," where he was originally slated to perform. But after Lambert's provocative performance at the American Music Awards Sunday night, the network hastily pulled the plug on him, citing "objectionable material."
A quick run-down of said material: Lambert fondled another male dancer, kissed his performance keyboardist (also male), and for a split second allowed another male dancer to simulate oral sex. All in all, it's nothing that we haven't seen from female pop-stars a million times before. When it's done by an openly gay man, though, the corporate honchos are ready to take up arms against "obscenity."
ABC (which is owned by Disney--a fact that spokespeople have said had nothing to do with the decision), reportedly more or less knew how racy Lambert's performance of "For Your Entertainment" was going to be. The explicit dancing was all apparently given the green light. The kiss, however, was evidently improvised.
In other words, when Britney and Madonna do it, it's hot. When two guys do it, though, it's verboten.
Lambert himself voiced his concern over this a few days before the show: "There are a lot of double standards as far as that goes... We've seen female pop and rock performers do that for the last 10 years. They've been very provocative, owning their power and sexuality. You just don't see men doing it very often. And I'm hoping to break down that double standard with this number."
Though it's questionable whether stunts like the Brit-Madge lip-lock were really about owning their power (it seems to be more in the Katy Perry vein of turning lesbianism into straight-guy porn), Lambert is otherwise right on. Not only is ABC being puritanically homophobic with this banning, they're way behind the times. Aside from few comments on the network's website applauding their "Lam-ban," today's young Americans are by far the most open to LGBT sexuality in history. That Lambert himself came within a hair's breadth of winning "American Idol" (and will most likely have a longer, more visible career than winner Kris Allen) hits the point home even further.
But then, the sagging ratings of "Good Morning America" cause one to wonder if this youthful demographic is even on their minds. Judging from the show's content, probably not. But that's another issue entirely.