When it comes to Adam Lambert, gay organizations should either ignore the guy or criticize him for helping foster the image that gay people are obsessed with sex and flaunting that in the public square.
While many gay and lesbian singers, actors and talk show hostesses live their lives openly, they leave the sexual aspect of their lives where it belongs: behind closed doors. Now, after Lambert’s recent stunt at the American Music Awards, he has certainly extended his fifteen minutes, maybe to twenty, maybe to a full half hour, but he has done little to make himself anything more than a pop culture phenomenon. He even made the list of Barbara Walters Most Fascinating People of 2009. He certainly be on the 10 faded stars of 2010.
And he doesn’t do much to improve the image of gay people. Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen De Generes he surely ain’t.
You’d think an organization “dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation,” would not want to encourage antics such as Lambert’s. Well, despite that mission statement, GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) remains, in their words, “steadfast in our assertion that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard by ABC as an openly gay performer. We do not support ABC cancelling Adam Lambert’s past and future performances.” Guess that wanted to be inclusive of those who engage in such public stunts as his.
Um, fellas, it’s not because he’s an openly gay performer. It’s because he behaved in a juvenile manner on a nationally televised awards show.
Do the folks at GLAAD feel they need to defend this guy just because he’s gay? This is just plain silly. This is a fight GLAAD should avoid. Adam Lambert behaved badly on stage. That type of behavior does little to promote a positive image of gay people.
Various ABC programs canceled Lambert’s appearances on several of their shows (while others invited him on) not because of his sexual orientation, but because of his bad behavior. It’s too bad GLAAD doesn’t seem able to distinguish the two.