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Was Adam Lambert's performance too racy?

Former American Idol star Adam Lambert turned heads with a Sunday night AMA performance that some have called lewd. Was Lambert's performance -- which has brought attention to his new album -- too racy or over the top for the mainstream audience? Weigh in below.

By Cameron Smith  |  November 24, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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That guy cannot possibly think that america would accept that performance. It was disgusting in many ways, least of all was the kiss. the kiss was nothing. the angry tone of the whole performance was really disturbing! If that is how he wants to perform for his concerts, where his fans will pay for tickets to see that sort of thing...FINE. but NOT on public tv with no warning. What he did was FAR from 'pushing the envelope'!

Posted by: PartySandwich | November 24, 2009 3:56 PM

If you believe the descent of the popular culture into abject depravity --- whether it be on display in TV primetime by males or females --- is no big deal, and/or inevitable, I guess Adam Lambert is the latest poster child for your crusade.

I hope he joins Chris Brown in fading obscurity.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 24, 2009 4:46 PM

It was over the top and ABC should not have shown it. Lambert has plenty of fans and that's great but when you simulate oral sex during a program, isn't that beyond the limits for regular TV? If I wanted to see that kind of act, I'd go to where I know it is shown. When I watch the AMAs on ABC I want to see live music and performers awarded for their work. No entertainer should get a pass! Too many artists think throwing in sex in their acts makes them better or more entertaining. Why not rely on your talent of singing, Adam? I don't care what gets you off so leave it at home!

Posted by: shejoy | November 24, 2009 5:40 PM

Oh, please!

Apparently, none of these commenters has been paying attention to music and dance for the past 10+ years -- I've seen some of these moves in Madonna, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and even Paula Abdul performances (the cage-like stage setup reminded me of the video for "Cold Hearted", and that came out in the late 80's/early 90's.) All of this has been on MTV or live shows for YEARS -- the only difference is that it's a male performer.

Seriously, I have seen these EXACT SAME dance performance moves (even at video award shows -- does anyone remember Madonna's far more shocking pre-French Revolution-themed performance of "Vogue" at an award show?) done before, with none of the associated public outrage.

Posted by: seven_jaguar | November 24, 2009 6:05 PM

I realize some people still don't approve of their cultural mores being smashed. Guess what? People are beginning to not see the big deal.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | November 24, 2009 10:52 PM

His performance was disgusting and if we are at the point in this country when simulated gay oral sex during prime time broadcast TV is acceptable, then we really are done. And yes, Madonna, Britney, rap videos and all the rest are just as awful, and I for one am sick and tired of the influence they have on our culture.

Posted by: retabroad | November 24, 2009 11:22 PM

It was disgusting and ABC holds some responsibility in allowing it to happen.

If you think this behavior is fine on prime time television, and the objectification of woman, then you belong exactly where it is acceptable. Go to a porn club and do your thing. Spare the rest of us.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | November 24, 2009 11:31 PM

People surprised by this are obviously not watching much TV these days. If you DON'T like stuff like this, your remedy is simple: change to a different program.

Posted by: markinirvine | November 25, 2009 12:49 AM

i found it poorly choreographed and almost spotaneous looking,without much body control or sensuality...plus it doesn't belong on prime time TV...let's bring art up a notch....in our all tolerant society we've come to accept less than average as outstanding for fear of hurting someone's feelings.

Posted by: kiler616 | November 25, 2009 1:16 AM

I almost never watch award shows of any kind and didn't watch this one. So my comment only reflects the math. 1,500 complaints, with no way to determine if any of them were duplicates, i.e. several members of a family or group calling in to complain.

14.2 MILLION viewers according to the people who keep track of these things.

That news sources would list this as an uproar is pathetic.

Posted by: mickle1 | November 27, 2009 12:29 PM

His performance was a disgrace, and I am willing to bet he will be on a 10 second delay from now on.
I enjoyed him on Idol, but after seeing that I am glad he did not win.

Posted by: highwaybluesoccer | November 27, 2009 1:06 PM

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