McAdams On: Indecent Exposure
11/25/2009 12:50:38 PM
I wonder if the Parents Television Council wouldn’t
be better served by a less overt response to Adam Lambert’s performance on last
Sunday’s “American Music Awards” on ABC. The group issued one of its all-points
bulletins, very publicly urging members to complain to the network, the
producers, advertisers and the FCC. I know righteous indignation is the charter
of the PTC, and more power to them. Someone ought to be monitoring for TV dreck,
but the resulting publicity just serves to draw attention to something most of
us would prefer to ignore. And what could be more horrible for a performer than
to be ignored?
Not much, or so it appears in Mr. Lambert’s case. I have to agree with the PTC
on the point that Lambert’s performance was “vulgar” and “tasteless.” I’d have
to toss “disgusting” in there as well. He held a guy’s head to his crotch and
at one point sucked the tonsils out of his male keyboardist. If the youngster
could actually sing, it was very hard to tell. If he hit a single note in that
“song,” I missed it.
Mr. Lambert dismissed the objections to his display as discriminatory. Madonna
kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the VMAs didn’t raise such
a ruckus, he reasoned. Well guess what, little man? That was six years ago.
Janet Jackson’s flash dance? Five years ago. Madonna’s first sexually charged,
awards-show hijinks? Try 1984. Here’s the deal: It’s been done. Again and again
and again and again. So the most truly offensive thing about Lambert’s
performance was how boring it is to watch yet another Hollywood sausage-made
celebrity exercise his marginally developed emotional intellect on stage.
Please give it a break, already. Playboy’s going broke because boorish, overt
sexuality is shoved in our faces all the time. We are Clockwork Oranged, not
sexually repressed as a few wee-minded ones would like to think. We’ve just had
enough of people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder “shocking” us.
Maybe Hollywood continues to encourage this type of thing because of a
propensity of NPDs running the business. Meanwhile, they can’t for the life of
them figure out why ratings continue to sink through the floor. Hmm... better
add something even more controversial to the mix. Let’s stage a B&D club
with the new kid who just revealed his sexuality, even though that, too, is
something most of us no longer care about.
I remember when Cindy Crawford came out as heterosexual. No, I don’t. And
neither do you, because it’s not a big deal.
From what I understand, Mr. Lambert possesses a notable set of pipes. He’s been
singing on stage since he was a kid, and he made it past that Simon Cowell guy,
who’s not known for coddling off-key yodelers. He’s likely worked up a sweat to
get where he is, and deserves more than to be cheaply showcased for his
I wish the PTC luck, by all means, but I hope it’s response doesn’t make young
Mr. Lambert even more determined to allow exhibitionism to overshadow his
skill. He needs to remember... Madonna can’t actually sing.