Adam Lambert not sorry about simulating oral sex, kissing guy at American Music Awards
As you could see, The Juice* pretty much ignored the American Music Awards Sunday night, since it's historically been the Grammys Lite of the entertainment world, but we still saw Adam Lambert's raucous performance to close the show. And according to the ratings, so did 14.2 million others. Just don't ask him to apologize for it.
The 27-year-old's rendition of his For Your Entertainment featured Adam grinding a male dancer's head into his crotch to simulate oral sex, a lot of groin-grabbing and a moment to smooch keyboardist Tommy Ratliff (watch it on video above, if ABC hasn't taken it down yet). And while lots of critics freaked out as he flipped off the audience -- it was edited in the West Coast feed of the show -- Lambert said y'all just need to deal.
"I believe in artistic freedom and expression, I believe in honoring the lyrics of a song, and those lyrics aren't really for everybody either," he told Access Hollywood, saying he thought editing his performance discrimination. "There's a big double standard, female pop artists have been doing things provocative like that for years, and the fact that I'm a male, and I'll be edited and discriminated against could be a problem."
In fact, he added, his being gay and acting like it just points out there's something wrong with everyone else.
"People are scared and it's really sad," he said. "I just wish people could open their minds up and enjoy things, it's all for a laugh, it's really not that big of a deal."
He did add to Rolling Stone that the kiss with Ratliff wasn't clear, but just one of those heat-of-the moment things. ABC said it had received about 1,500 calls from viewers to complain about the performance, a response the network called "moderate."
It was still way more interesting than the supposed other big moments of the night, like Lady Gaga playing a piano that was on fire and Jennifer Lopez's supposed big stage slip, which was barely noticeable in a rather ho-hum performance. Maybe more entertainers need to blow the fact that they're gay way out of proportion.
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