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Double Standard: CBS Early Show Blurs Adam Lambert Gay Kiss, Then Shows Britney-Madonna Kiss Moments Later


That blur you see above in the center of the screen is CBS censoring its rebroadcast of Adam Lambert's gay kiss.

Lambert Lambert ended up on CBS The Early Show this morning because ABC's Good Morning America deemed his performance too racy for early in the morning and canceled it.

Lambert told CBS Early Show's Maggie Rodriguez in an interview before he performed this morning that he understood why ABC was upset about the performance, but he also said that there's a double standard:

"I think that if it had been a female pop performer doing the moves that were on the stage, I don't think there would be nearly as much of an outrage. At all. Like I said, there were other performers doing risque things. I think it's because I'm a gay male, and people haven't seen that before."

And then what did the Early Show do?

They proved Lambert ABSOLUTELY RIGHT by blurring out the AMA footage of his gay kiss, and showing the Madonna - Britney Spears kiss moments later  — while at the same time calling out ABC for editing the AMA footage for the west coast.


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And here's the blur of the male kiss and the reveal of the female one:

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  1. Yeah, that just makes me love Adam Lambert even more. And when they mention these children -- are they forgetting that Kris Allen, the clean-cut whiteboy with a wife and a Syrupy Drawl is the one who actually won the competition? It was the grown-ups who loved the Lambert...

    Posted by: Cameron Johnson | Nov 25, 2009 1:17:52 PM

  2. E-mail your complaints to:

    Feel free to use mine as a template:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I’m writing to you to express my outrage over censoring used in your Early Show segment with Adam Lambert. It is blatantly homophobic on CBS’s behalf to blur the kiss between Lambert and his keyboardist followed mere seconds later by a clip of Madonna and Britney Spears kissing at the 2003 MTV VMA’s.... See More

    I will not feign to know the reasons why you’ve chosen this route of bigotry in your editing and sincerely hope it isn’t because the kiss by Lambert may actually be legitimate because he is an out member of the LGTB community as opposed to Madonna and Ms. Spears who are heterosexual and their shared kiss was out of performance shock value alone.

    Lest I remind you that ABC opted out of having Lambert on their morning program because they deemed the performance "too racy for morning television" and your network quickly stepped in to snatch up the interview. It seemed to me that you were being the bigger people and were prepared for the fallout of supporting a LGTB entertainer's right to expression, but I see I was wrong.

    I demand an on-air apology from the Early Show for this gross display of homophobia and for perpetuating the image of sexual inequality in the news and pop culture.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 25, 2009 1:21:29 PM

  3. She just won't give up until she gets an apology for the poor little children watching at 11pm. (Of course they're talking about it in detail with no concern about who may be listening.) What a hilarious load of hypocritical horseshit. She--and all the others feigning outrage--couldn't care less about the children. And, as others have said, they completely illustrate the double standard by showing the girl-on-girl kiss while blurring the boy-on-boy kiss. No concern for the children there. Adam completely held his own, politely but firmly--while the performance didn't do much for me (simulated fellatio, yawn), I loved the interview. He's very smart.

    LincolnLounger: serious damage to whom? There is no genuine outrage. TV remotes have a use. They change channels when you don't like something.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 25, 2009 1:27:56 PM

  4. I can't help but respect this young, talented man. I admire his convictions and standing his ground. He pointed out the hypocrisy of America. Good for him.

    Posted by: Terry | Nov 25, 2009 1:31:12 PM

  5. wow, he did a pretty good job though. I'm surprised at how baiting the interviewer was though, she was just trying to push him to say "no you're right, i shouldn't kiss men in front of small children". I can't believe they censored it on CBS though, especially! after showing the Madonna kiss.

    This is a game changer though, the next openly gay performer who comes out and does this will feel less heat..and the next and the next.

    Posted by: wow | Nov 25, 2009 1:57:51 PM

  6. Sweet Jesus ! They censor a kiss between two guys ? what a lot of fucking Neanderthals ( apologies to all Neanderthals ).

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 25, 2009 2:08:37 PM



    Posted by: Ashlee | Nov 25, 2009 2:11:08 PM

  8. I would love to see him guest at The View so he can put those two bitches (the one with a gazillion wigs and the one who's sole claim to fame is she didn't eat or bathe for 30 days in a remote island in timbuktu) in their places.

    Posted by: gabe | Nov 25, 2009 2:16:39 PM

  9. This is so blatant that it's kind of hilarious. It's like if CBS had blurred the face of a black reporter because it has a lot of racist viewers, and had done so in a segment criticizing another show for not having enough black reporters.

    Posted by: Pender | Nov 25, 2009 2:18:12 PM

  10. Who is that soccer-mon prim interviewer? The children, the children! Geez! Adam is so well-spoken and calm. And adorable!

    Posted by: styleboy | Nov 25, 2009 2:33:21 PM

  11. was anyone else bothered by the caption "straight talk" - who thinks that this is still clever?? - i'm so tired of it

    Posted by: dave | Nov 25, 2009 2:37:12 PM

  12. Damn. I might have to buy his album now. Not to listen to, but just to support the guy.

    Posted by: Trasker | Nov 25, 2009 3:24:16 PM

  13. RIGHT ON ADAM!!! He is so smart and fun. Watch him tonight on The Late Show with David Letterman. Don't forget to buy his music.

    Posted by: Bill | Nov 25, 2009 3:38:14 PM

  14. I saw this and was offended. I promptly wrote them soon after to tell them how disturbing their homophobic action was. Do I expect anything from it? No!

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 25, 2009 3:49:02 PM

  15. I almost laughed out loud when I heard her say "especially the children," but I got too angry before the laugh could even come out.

    There's literally over a million children of at least one gay parent in this country alone. What does she think, that they've never seen their parents kiss? Why is it okay to block out a gay kiss and not straight ones? Or two men kissing, but not women? This country is so fucking bigoted and it doesn't even realize it.

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 25, 2009 4:30:20 PM

  16. Man, that was a good interview on Lamberts side and a terrible one on Rodriquez' side. The children? Really Maggie??

    Irony, thy name is CBS.

    Posted by: Scott | Nov 25, 2009 4:53:40 PM

  17. It is NOT the kiss that was complained about. The kiss is a separate incident. The complaints are about the simulated oral sex. The real question is does anyone think this really helped the ability to obtain gay rights in middle America (where like it or not we have to fight hard to get any federal rights). I really don't think it did. This performance managed to reinforce every single gay stereotype ever created (it started with S&M and ended with straight male harassment). Way to go Adam, you managed to set the struggle for rights of normal hard working gays and lesbians back by at least 10 years.

    Posted by: galefan2004 | Nov 25, 2009 5:00:43 PM

  18. I get them censoring the oral sex. But WHY THE KISS?!?!?! How digusting that they censored it!!

    Posted by: J | Nov 25, 2009 5:14:25 PM

  19. galefan2004, did the madonna, mylie pole dance , nipplegate, chris brown/rihanna antics set the struggle for rights of normal hard working heterosexuals back by at least 10 years?

    Posted by: Henry | Nov 25, 2009 5:20:21 PM

  20. "Way to go Adam, you managed to set the struggle for rights of normal hard working gays and lesbians back by at least 10 years."

    Absolute nonsense. Adam didn't set back the rights of "normal" gay people one second. Opponents to gay rights aren't threatened by Adam, however much they pretend to be outraged. (After looking at porn on their own computers, no doubt.) What the opponents are threatened by are the "normal" couples who want to get married and raise children and invade their exclusive straight world--that's the threat to them and what they're trying to prevent. Our inevitable assimilation scares them, not Adam's flamboyance. Don't kid yourself.

    P.S. I think Adam qualifies as "hard working" too.

    Posted by: Ernie | Nov 25, 2009 5:47:34 PM

  21. Galefan believes that the only way to gain the freedom to be an openly gay person is to hide any trait that might be construed as gay.
    Oxymoron or just moron?
    Good thing most of us don't think that way.

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Nov 25, 2009 5:49:54 PM



    Now the use of gross would lead one to believe that ASHLEE is in fact a young brainless girl. But the use of idiot and kudos leads one to think it may be a closeted valley boy. Either way, douche bag fits both.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 25, 2009 6:17:52 PM

  23. @THEDARK

    ".it's all back to his sexual preferences..
    gay is still a matter how much we tried to deny it..."

    And it's still an orientation, not a preference, unless we've all time traveled back to 1983

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 25, 2009 6:40:25 PM

  24. ASHLEE is one chastity ring and anal fissure away from experiencing the joys of butt sex to preserve her virginity.

    Posted by: Christopher | Nov 25, 2009 6:44:44 PM

  25. The American Music industry has been on a slow decline for the past several years. It's people like this Adam "guy" that gives the industry a bad name. Who wants to buy music by someone like him. I guess the gays do but they can't keep the industry going. I hope the AMA wakes up and puts the music back in the industry. Stop with all of the other garbage.

    Posted by: mhoger | Nov 25, 2009 9:30:12 PM

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