Who’s Sorry Now, Adam Lambert?

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Posted December 3, 2009 by Jeff Prince in Music

Pop singer Adam Lambert’s refusal to say, “I’m sorry, America, for being extravagantly gay,” has come back to bite him in the ass.

ABC canceled his scheduled appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” after Lambert lip-locked another dude and simulated oral sex on national TV.

Now comes the real test for Lambert. Will he cave once the heat becomes intense? Facing lost record sales and canceled concert and TV appearances, will he issue that all-too-familiar celebrity mea culpa?

Will he pull a Natalie Maines? The Dixie Chicks front-chick famously criticized President Bush in 2003 and then, once her record and ticket sales suffered, begged forgiveness by releasing this statement: “As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because my remark was disrespectful. I feel that whoever holds that office should be treated with the utmost respect. We are currently in Europe and witnessing a huge anti-American sentiment as a result of the perceived rush to war. While war may remain a viable option, as a mother, I just want to see every possible alternative exhausted before children and American soldiers’ lives are lost. I love my country. I am a proud American.”

Will Lambert similarly grovel?

I doubt it. He seems to have some backbone and self-assurance.




28 Comments


  1.  
    urb

    He didn’t do anything any more blatant than what 95% of the female pop singers do all the time in performances. It’s hypocritical to condemn him when nobody seems to bat an eye when the gals do crazy stuff.




  2.  
    Luke

    Well, the public did not received it very well. ABC was forced to take care of their business and cancel his appearances. I suppose that people sees female and male performer differently and Adam Lambert discovered it in the possible worst way. And of course anyone is entitled to his own opinion including Adam Lambert and all the people who complained about his performance. Business is business no matter how much hypocrisy might be around.




  3.  
    Frank

    Who says the public didn’t receive it well, Luke? Adam’s album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 this week with 200,000 copies sold, far outpacing expectations. Most of those sales were post-AMA. Lambert’s no dummy. He knows that controversy — especially sexual controversy — moves CDs.




  4.  
    Roy

    Don’t forget one of the prime rules of this straight-male dominated society: Gay male sex is sick but gay female sex is hot. Ask any breeder. After he quits scratching and pulls the beer bottle from his lips, he’ll tell you.




  5.  
    CYNTHIA

    I AM SICK SICK SICK TO DEATH OF ALL THIS BULLSHIT ABOUT ADAM..WHAT THE F–K DID HE DO WRONG. CHRIST,,,IS EVERYBODY NUTS. HE DID NOTHING WRONG..OK MAYBE A BIT OVER THE TOP FOR YOUNG KIDS..OH,,WAIT,,HE DIDNT BLOW UP PEOPLE OR RIP THEIR HEADS OFF OR SHIT LIKE THAT ,,LIKE THE SCREWED UP VIDEO GAMES OUR KIDS PLAY….HE KISSED A GUY…BIG F—–G DEAL..GET OVER IT DUMB F—S..YES IAM PISSED..SO I CAN SAY WHATEVER…




  6.  
    CYNTHIA

    REALLY PEOPLE. REALLY. IF YOU THOUGHT IT WAS DISTASTFULL SO BE IT,,VOICE YOUR OPINION AND GIVE IT A REST ALREADY. HE DIDNT KILL ANYBODY HE PERFORMED.. HE PERFORMED.. HE OWS NO ONE AN APOLOGY,,IF HE WANTS TO GIVE ONE THATS FINE, BUT IT WOULD BE FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO FEEL THEIR SUPERIOR TO HIM..WELL I GOT NEWS FOR ALL OF YOU,,,YOUR NOT..HE WOULD SIMPLY BE PERFORMING AGAIN….GET IT!!!!!!!!




  7.  
    Bill

    ABC has the backbone of a jellyfish. A relative handful of hydrophobic fundies wrote into the network and ABC executives from coast to coast wet themselves.

    As another poster points out, Lambert is not suffering one whit. In fact, ABC’s fecklessness just enhances his credibility.

    And his smarts. Why would he apologize (and to whom, for that matter) when his performance has caused a huge buzz? Why toss back the prize he’s seized?

    Natalie Maines was facing death threats from people we should all be ashamed to share a country with. The situations are not comparable.




  8.  
    Arizona

    ABC is discriminating against this fantastic break out star. It is sad what they are doing. FCC rules do not apply. First time it aired he was on at 1055 and the FCC has said they can not fine ABC or their partners because it is out of their allot reviewing timeframe. This crap is from a co. called Liberty. A bunch of Anti-gays who bash on openly gay folks all the time. If they got their way it would be life like Mad Men with women obeying men and black, hispanics, asians all working under the man. Folks better back this kid up and help him fight. 14 million watched that AMA only 1500 complaints were filed by the PTC and even the President of the PTC said ABC has overreacted. Duh PTC what do you think they do when they get complaints?




  9.  

    USA is a country ruled by lawyers (i.e. money) and inquisition (church). They joined efforts to eat the pray—Adam— and to destroy whatever is left from the American so called “freedom”.

    What about us! Regular people, millions of fans from all over the world (believe me tonight I did some work that put me in touch with Adam’s fans from more than 20 countries—I am so impressed) WHO LOVE AND RESPECT ADAM AND HIS MUSIC UNCONDITIONALLY????

    I can’t find my words to tell you how much people from all and the world love this guy/his music. I have a hard time to see how blind/scared and narrow minded the people in USA are when is about recognizing a SENSATIONAL AND UNBELIEVABLE TALENT.

    A change must come. Is it so hard to let people have the music and artist they want? What did Adam do wrong ? Do we need the church approval for anything!!!! No good news for regular Jo? Soon the inquisition will burn us alive.
    Forget about music and dancing, art and fun.




  10.  
    Jim from Boston

    Lord help me. The Christian Right has an issue with Adam at the AMA. Has anyone EVER seen the soap operas during the day….what is the difference….wait, I know, Adam Lambert simulated sex WITH HIS CLOTHES ON as opposed to soap opera that display the sex act with them nude in bed. Nice going ABC, losers




  11.  
    Amazed

    You know what I find amusing about this whole argument is how eventually….it has come down to all us “church” people. LOL…for real? Wow. You get the right to hate on us, and we have the same freedom to disagree with your lifestyle. You don’t want to come to church and we don’t want to see you display your gay lifestyle on national television.




  12.  
    nooneyuknow

    Church attendance does not necessarily result in spirituality nor does it confer moral superiority. I will continue to mingle with my (highly ethical and deeply compassionate) gay friends whose company is far more desirable than that of church- going hypocrites.




  13.  

    Amazed, “church people” should stick to whatever they know best : GOD. Problems arise when “church people” comment on rock and roll music. This is what I find simply stupid. I don’t comment on religious things because I know I am not good at it. I know there are people paid to do take care of religion and I let them do their job.

    This is about professional etiquette/respect that “church people” don’t have. I a sane society, Rock and Roll should have NOTHING to do with church.

    But this is USA. Soon freedom will he a forgotten word.




  14.  
    Jackson

    Who cares…dumb music for dumb people.

    Absolute crap. Right there with Nickelback, Creed, etc…




  15.  
    ashleigh

    I’m startin’ to get worried about his sales, honestly. People keep saying, yeah he debuted at number 3 even though he had a fiasco at the ama’s, but what they’re forgetting about is the massive amounts of preorders BEFORE the Ama’s hit. Now he’s dropped to 61 on itunes…it’s got me worried. If he sells 300,000 more records he can hang on to his record deal at the least (which I really want…I really want him to be successful) but I dunno…I’m gettin a little uneasy. Hopefully Barbara Walters, Conan Obrian, and Leno can hike his sales a little bit. And hopefully the international community isn’t as sore over this as many Americans are. Keepin’ my fingers crossed.




  16.  

    He will do OK. Not as good as it should because unfortunately not everybody can understand how different and what high quality and novelty Adam brings to the table. They don’t get it and they call it “crap” because it’s a lot easier than getting educated and using brains. This is why all outstanding singers were hardly understood at their time: Elvis, MJ. Only after their death people finally understood how great they were. Same scenario happened with outstanding classical musicians, painters, scientists, etc.. I know exactly what you mean with Before and After. I truly believe that finally people will understand what a beautiful person Adam really is. He has the big advantage that the heads leading this industry TOTALLY UNDERSTAND HIS VALUE and will do whatever it takes to don’t let him sink. ADAM IS A GOLD MINE AND THEY KNOW IT.




  17.  
    Amazed

    I would like to be “educated” on the “high quality and novelty” of Adam Lambert. What exactly is it about him that I am misunderstanding?




  18.  
    Coco Cabrera

    Who says his lost sales? Since the beginning Susan Boyle was the number 1, Adam was only a few days in number 1. He’s #3 at the Billboard. A lot of people is mad about ABC does to him, His fans show support for him every day, and they don’t want him to apologize, because there’s no reason to do it. Adam doesn’t sorry, for sure.




  19.  
    PC

    Adam Lambert is a great, talented performer and singer, his act on AMA was by far the most entertaining.!!!!!!!!! Adam rocks and will for a VERY LONG TIME, get use to it.




  20.  
    ZoZo

    Please people….. what Adam did was very distasteful! That aside, he is still a GREAT singer and performer. With the kind of talent this man has, he did not need to go there, it was not necessary at all. That said (LOL), as much as I wish I had NOT seen the AMA performance, I have watched every performance since and I purchased his CD and it is really really Good…. Yep poor Adam will cry all the way to the bank…. He is very good, probably the best thing talent wise since the Beatles!




  21.  
    ZoZo

    OK
    CYNTHIA says:
    December 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    God I loved reading your comments on Adam…. tell it like it is !!! People are sooooooo gullible…




  22.  
    Amazed

    “…probably the best thing talent wise since the Beatles!” says ZoZo

    Please tell me you aren’t serious….PLEASE!




  23.  
    rocklady

    OMG. People need to get over it. Adam is the best artist that have came around in years. He has it all. I am 48 years old and I have never been so mad at all this crap going on. I have never posted anything before this nor read more on this. I AM SO SICK OF THE GAY THING WHO CARES.. I as a women am so sick and tired of all the female arties showing boobs and butt to have they records sale, get jobs etc. and this is totally ok? Watch TV at anytime day and night and that is all you see, fake boobs and girls showing us all what the got from their doctors. And SEX SEX and more SEX. But this country thinks that is just fine. But a man who have this great talent is getting bashed because of one performance? What is wrong with some of you people. This is about to be 2010. Just get over it and let this great talent get what he have earned. HE is the Best.




  24.  

    OK DONT WE ALL LIVE IN AMERICA BECAUSE WE HAVE THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM TO EXPRESS OURSELVES…IF THATS THE CASE THEN WHY ARE PEOPLE GOING F—ING NUTS OVER ONE PERFORMANCE FROM ADAM LAMBERT YOU GUYS ARE PUNISHING HIM JUST BECAUSE HE DOESNT WANNA HIDE WHO HE IS ANYMORE AND THATS SUPPOSE TO BE A BAD THING?!?!? WE SHOULD ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE OURSLEVES AND IF YOU ALL ARE GOING CRAZY OVER SOMETHING LIKE THIS THEN YOU HAVE WAY TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS OR YOU GUYS ARE JUST A BUNCH OF LOW LIVES WHO DONT GET THAT ADAM IS IN FACT ONE OF THE BEST PEOPLE WE HAVE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW HE ACTUALLY HAS A GOD GIVEN TALENT TO SING UNLIKE SOME OF THE OTHER IDIOTS IN THERE WHO MAKE THEIR MONEY BY DUBBING THEIR VOICES AND CHANGING THEM WITH COMPUTERS AND YOU GUYS ARE PUNISHING HIM FOR IT THATS F—ED UP
    I WILL FOREVER LOVE AND RESPECT AND HONOR ADAM 110% ALL THE WAY BECAUSE I ADMIRE HIM BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY HAD ENOUGH GUTS TO BE HIMSELF AND YOU GUY WANT HIM TO APPOLOGIZE FOR IT F–CK U




  25.  
    Anon

    No, he won’t grovel. The man is pure nerve. I’m not worried about sales, either. He’s famous for being Adam Lambert, and to think that a year ago we didn’t even know who he was! He’s here to stay.




  26.  
    really-angry-person

    ok. heres wat i think. i think that everyone who is against adam lambert should just forget about him. he never did anything wrong. he was only displaying his sexuality. just like thousands of other actors and musitions. the only thing you have against him is that he is gay. if you dont like his music you can just not listen to it. but you just cant cope with the fact that he is gay and he publicly displayed it. there is nothing wrong with being gay. there is nothing wrong with kissing anther man on tv. women do it all the time and nobody says a damn thing.
    as for the church people. i dont know how adam lambert’s sexual preferences concern you. if you dont listen to him then it doesnt matter. actualy, his sexaul preferences shouldnt matter to anyone but him. i love adam lambert and it has nothing to do with his sexuality and everything to do with his voice and talent.




  27.  
    Sally Bartlett

    This is so stupid….The people making noises about Adam probably aren’t fans anyway….who needs them.

    His fan base is solid, we all love him no matter what and his voice is one in a million. In time, no one will be able to deny that. He has so many talents…he could change course if he chooses…He can sing anything, he can act, he is comedic, he is photgenic and gorgeous.

    He also has a great family and fans.




  28.  
    Pat T

    Well, I certainly do not think Adam is the one who is sorry. Following his performance on So You Think You Can Dance – the show in which reviewers, bloggers and SYTYCD peeps agreed he stole with his amazing performance – Adam used an interview to thank the folks at ABC for clearing his schedule for New Year’s Eve, thereby making it possible for him to perform a 10 song set at a pay-per-view event for which tickets cost $150.
    A couple of hours after this interview, Adam was credited with bringing in a record 1.3 million viewers to the Chelsea Lately Show.
    Since these appearances, and his cameo spoofing the same sex kiss on the Leno Show, his singles and CD have been rising in sales.
    It seems people are realizing tha Adam’s AMA performance was just that one performance. The world didn’t end. Children didn’t suddenly start having orgies, no one decided to turn gay.
    It was a performance that was over and done with a month ago. Move on. Don’t deprive yourself of Adam’s beautiful voice by not purchasing his CD. No one dances on the CD. They’ve saved that for Adam’s #1 selling music vide for For Your Entertianment.





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