Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert continued to generate controversy Thursday after CBS blurred the image of him kissing a male band member during his performance at the American Music Awards Sunday night. Lambert had been invited to appear on CBS's The Early Show after ABC dropped him from its competing Good Morning America. During a discussion of other controversial TV appearances, the CBS show did not similarly Blur an image of Madonna and Britney Spears kissing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Following the CBS telecast, Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said that the decision "reinforces an unfortunate double standard that is applied to openly gay performers." He noted that the "kiss was not blurred on ABC nor in news coverage on other networks." CBS responded that the Madonna-Spears kiss "is very familiar and has appeared countless times including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated, and for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences."

27/11/2009