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GLAAD and ABC are at peace over Adam Lambert

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation just issued a statement regarding the ongoing Adam Lambert controversy that might surprise you.

In the statement, GLAAD says that the organization spoke several times with ABC about concerns that Lambert is being held to a double standard. After those discussions, ABC issued a statement to GLAAD:

"Given the live nature of the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert’s performance, which differed greatly from his rehearsal, caught many, including the network, off guard. This is not a question of Lambert’s sexual orientation. As is evidenced by GLAAD’s media report card, ABC is at the forefront of positive gay and lesbian portrayal on television. We welcome openly gay performers and look forward to continuing our great work within the LGBT community."

In turn, GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios issued the following:

“It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC’s decision. ABC has a history of positive gay and transgender inclusion that includes featuring kisses between gay and lesbian couples on-air. We applaud the visibility of openly gay performers and congratulate Adam Lambert for sharing his story on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' this week as well as his upcoming appearance on 'The Jay Leno Show.' "

--Maria Elena Fernandez

Related: FCC behind Adam Lambert's and ABC's woes

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This is really just B.S.

Janet Jackson's Superbowl bared nipple garnered over 150,000 complaints. Adam garnered 1,500 complaints.

Yet Janet opened the AMA's on ABC - the same network on which she introduced the world to her pierced scary-ish nipple.

But, um, OK. No double standard. If you say so, ABC. OK.

But I, not even remotely an Adam Lambert fan, will NOT be watching ABC any longer. So long to my Grey's Anatomy, my Desperate Housewives, my Cougar Town and any other ABC show.

Enough is enough with this absolutely vulgar double standard.

The FCC rules must be that if it gets heterosexual men's rocks off, it is OK. Otherwise it is not? Is THAT the FCC rule?

Gays AND women should be OUTRAGED at this.

I know bigotry when I see it regardless of anything GLAAD has to say. If ABC is so concerned about sexual content on their airwaves they should be climbing the walls over the entire AMA broadcast not just Lambert. The only reason Lambert's performance has been singled out by them is because of it's homosexual nature.

Ummmm..OK..but how does this explain why ABC would uninvite Adam from Kimmel and the New Years Eve shows?

Way to cave, GLAAD.

Great, then he will sign the contract that says he will perform what he did in rehearsal and we can see Adam on Kimmel and Rocking New Year's Eve. Right?

Oh, GLAAD. The fact that you believe anything networks tell you is why I stopped my monthly donations a while ago.

I don't believe any of that. Many of the appearances for the New Year's broadcast they dropped Adam Lambert from are taped in advance so if Adam did anything gay again they could edit it out with no problem. I think the Jimmy Kimmel concert would have been taped too. ABC just doesn't want a gay man on their network.

Wow. Just wow. Way to go, GLAAD. The Liberty Council filed the complaint with the FCC. The PTC came out and said the punishment doesn't fit the crime. And that's saying something. I know it's important to support ABC efforts put gays in the forefront in a positive light on television, but this is just sad. Protect the cooperation and hang the boy out to dry. The old guard is screwing up. We aren't living up to the promises made to the up and coming generations. Way to eat our own.

But the kiss issue was all over the original FCC filing. If not that? Then what? This makes no sense. So we go back to the feigned oral sex, which has been proven as being done by Pink five years ago, with similar pantomimes being done by Derek Hough and partner in October on "Dancing With the Stars" and a fictionalized version on "Cougartown" last week.

ABC's logic is cheesecloth thin and full of holes, yet they stick to this absurd contentions, driving a permanent wedge between themselves and their loyal viewership. My respect for the company and its affiliates has been irreparably harmed. And I am a loyal ABC viewer. I cannot even turn the channel to the station that was always my default without feeling utter revulsion.

I passed a Disneyland billboard today and instead of feeling happy, I felt a rush of fury. I've always loved Disney. I am so completely frustrated, baffled, dumbfounded and irate about this entire issue. I have tried, really tried to understand what ABC might be thinking and for the life of me, I cannot fathom what they are doing.

They are shattering their audience's faith in them, they are treading precariously close to civil rights violations and they are kowtowing to an unabashed hate monger. For what possible end?

Yes! ABC is totally fine with openly gay performers and gay kisses. As long as they are safe, pre-planned, vetted by ABC legal counsel, and the performer has signed a contract promising not to be more gay than agreed-upon in rehearsal. I am really glad that GLAAD has seen fit to endorse ABC's entirely reasonable set of standards for gay performers.

Whatever, GLADD. I know double standard when I see it, and I'm done with ABC.

I'm sorry, but this is a very weak statement. No one is addressing the issue of the double standard that exists for male and female performers. No one is addressing the issue of a very talented young man being terribly mistreated by a major network.

"This is not a question of Lambert’s sexual orientation." If it's not a question about his his sexual orientation, what is the real question then? Being "caught off guard"? How weak. How many times have TV audiences been caught off guard with little to no fallout against the antics of offending artists? The statement provided does little to explain why he was ousted by two other ABC shows. Also hasn't Adam proven that he is able to scale it down to a G rating when necessary? Does ABC think Adam would be so inappropriately unpredictable at midnight when Jimmy Kimmel airs??? This doesn't make any sense and doesn't provide any answers. Again, weak.

I'm sorry, but this is a very weak statement. Neither ABC nor GLAAD has addressed the issue of the double standards that exists between males and females in the entertainment industry. No one is addressing the mistreatment of a very talented young man (who happens to be gay) by a major network.

I'm glad they made peace. Too bad they haven't made peace with many of Adam's fans or with Adam himself. Is GLAAD really that dumb? Or are they just afraid to piss off ABC? Just like ABC is afraid to piss off the FCC (who really doesn't seem to care)?

Why is ABC letting a right-wing fringe group whose bigotry puts them in the same group as racists, dictators and nazis, dictate their actions? Adam did nothing wrong. Grow a backbone ABC. Your actions are shameful.

Do you want to talk about sex and the city??? The one and only episode I ever watched was one of the "girls" talking about and then trying to lick someones ass hole!!!!

I have deleted ABC from my remote control

GLAAD is a joke organization that exists only to perpetuate itself. Their statement is empty, but their lack of support for a talented artist who put himself out there is all too real. If there was a way to totally stop watching ABC, I would, but I am going to scour fansites for any kind of organized action against ABC. Of course it's because he's gay - the whole issue is his interaction with 2 men. So pathetic.

For the record, neither Adrien Brody nor Halle Berry were banned from appearing on any ABC shows after their "unscripted" make-out session at the 2003 Academy Awards

Clearly GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios doesn't recognize the smell of a rat when one has died right under his nose. Wonder why THAT is?

If there were no gay issues up back of ABC's decision to cancel two more shows that Adam was meant to appear on, then their actions were purely punitive in intention. They want to punish him for failing to stick to the rehearsed AMA performance.

Fair enough. ABC is God's own network - the loving God, I mean, the one who accepts "gays" - and has the right to withold their blessing from people they view as recalcitrant, obstinate, and inherently rebellious.

Adam Lambert? Oh, I hope so.

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