Adam Lambert and the Easily Offended American Folk
Now, it takes a lot to offend me, and anything sexual is not gonna do it. I was not the least bit offended by Adam’s now infamous AMA performance. I did think it was somewhat lazy and unnecessarily distracting, but that’s a different story. The bottom line, like Adam said himself, is that this was a performance being aired at eleven PM on an awards show already rampant with sexuality. Children should have been in bed (it’s a school night, after all) and the offended adults should really get out more (or grow a spine) if they’re watching the AMA’s and expecting some lame Donny & Marie act.
It’s Christian Conservative America striking again, and it takes me back to 2004 and “Nipplegate” (aka the destruction of my favorite female performer’s successful career). I don’t think Janet Jackson’s ever recovered from the ire of the “family values” parents and their ilk. These people are out to destroy creativity and expression, in favor of blind allegiance and stagnancy. Lambert looks to do just fine, especially if his stunning performances on The Early Show this morning are any indication, but it’s still frustrating. Every time someone interesting comes out of the pop machine in this country (happens about once or twice a decade, if we’re lucky), Evangelicals set their sights on them, hoping to rip them to pieces before they can subvert America’s youth. I’m surprised they haven’t gone after Lady Gaga with pitchforks and fire.
At any rate, I'm thrilled that a male performer that openly nods to glam, electro and pure pop has finally burst onto the scene. And the kicker is, he’s talented as hell. It remains to be seen if there’s a vision in him to match that talent, but we’ll never know if we don’t give him a chance.
For today, an excellent bonus track from his debut album. Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!
Adam Lambert - Down The Rabbit Hole