On Adam Lambert and the AMA Outrage

11.25.2009

By Jessanne Collins

Whatever else is being said, whatever recriminations are
still being hurled, we were delighted by Adam's performance at the AMAs on
Sunday night. Adam may have dedicated that performance to Out with his upraised
finger
, but the outrage that followed simply served to clarify our original
point. As Adam said in an interview with Rolling Stone shortly after his performance, "I think there's
there’s a double standard going on in the entertainment community right
now."
Our point, exactly.

Language is slippery and many commentators mistakenly
interpreted the editor's letter as an attack on Adam for not being gay enough,
rather than a critique of the record industry's conservatism and timidity. It
was addressed to Adam, but could have been addressed to any number of celebrities
who have been encouraged to limit their exposure in the gay press for fear that
it would alienate their wider fan base. We believe that such an old school way
of separating gay and straight needs to be challenged by those with the
confidence and talent to stand up to the bullies.

Adam's performance at the
AMAs was a thrilling reminder of the power of creative freedom, one that has
generated a much needed conversation about why gay still means separate. As we
said in the edit letter, regarding Adam's Details cover shoot, "Imagine
how much more radical it would have been to go down on a guy instead of that
six-foot Barbie."
We doubt anyone is now questioning that the reaction to
Adam's performance on Sunday proved the point. It demonstrates loud and clear
just how far there is to go in normalizing expressions of gay sexuality, but
after this it may not be as far as it was even last week.

Photo: Getty Images

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