Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you’re just now waking up from your vodka & cranberry induced hangover, then you’ve heard about Adam Lamberts‘ way over the top lol-tastic AMA closing performance last night singing his new single “For Your Entertainment.” (Check it out here.) Now Lambert is speaking out, giving no apologies for his sexually-charged performance which angered parents who quickly began posting messages of disgust online.
“I’m hoping people were entertained. For those who weren’t, maybe I’m not their cup of tea. I’m just trying to have a good time onstage. It’s a sexy song. It’s 2009; it’s time to take more risks. It’s about entertainment. People want to be surprised. It’s too bad that people are so scared.”
In addition to starting the performance out by dragging a female dancer around by her ankles, pushing a male dancer’s head into his gyrating crotch, snapping the bikini area of another female’s costume, flipping off the crowd, walking a pair of male dancers around on a leash, and taking every opportunity to thrust his hips and remind us all that he’s a very limber guy, Lambert took a moment mid-song to play tonsil hockey with his straight keyboard player on the spur of the moment. When asked how he would feel if the performance was edited for West Coast viewers, Lambert said he would not be happy.
“If it’s gonna be edited, then in a way that’s discrimination. I don’t mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina (kissing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards) weren’t edited. It’s a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double standard.”
ABC had to quickly cut to an audience shot during the performance when Lambert had a male dancer simulate oral sex on him, and at least some portion of that performance (presumably the latter) did not get approved beforehand, and was cited as being too racy to repeat on the west coast airing. Critical reaction to Lambert’s performance mixed, with some applauding his boldness but more questioning the over-the-top nature of what can only be described as him trying too hard to be noticed and taken seriously. Luckily, he gets a semi do-over tonight on Letterman where he will hopefully tone down the antics and concentrate more on what he should be known for – the singing. Adam sounded like a lounge act in Reno last night. This kid is trying too hard to be “edgy” and “controversial”. Not of fan of his cheap tricks to get fame. It was all “For HIS Entertainment.”