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GLAAD president explains his position regarding ABC's treatment of Adam Lambert

They say the third one's the charm.

In the third statement released in two days about the ABC v. Adam Lambert controversy, the Gay and Lesbian  Alliance Against Defamation on Friday explicitly criticized the network for using a "double standard" against the "American Idol" runner-up and called on the community to protest ABC.

GLAAD's previous two statements regarding ABC's cancellations of Lambert's performances on the network after his sexually charged American Music Awards appearance have drawn criticism and caused confusion.  In the first statement, GLAAD seemed to give ABC a free pass: "It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC’s decision."

In the second statement, GLADD said "ABC confirmed this is not about a same-sex kiss or his sexual orientation but about being 'caught off guard.' GLAAD asked ABC and calls on them for clarification on 'caught off guard' so that the community knows why Lambert is being denied the opportunity to perform on the network."

This afternoon, GLAAD issued its strongest statement yet, saying that the organization does, in fact, believe that ABC canceled Lambert's appearances on "Good Morning America" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and stopped considering him for "New Year's Rockin' Eve" because he is an "openly gay performer."

All of this gave us whiplash, so we asked GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios for a telephone interview, which he granted.

Barrios said that he realized quickly after the first statement was issued that GLAAD's position was being misunderstood because "I'll admit it, the statement should have been more clearly worded," he said.

"Giving ABC the opportunity to explain themselves is important, but it's also important for us to be clear about what our position is," Barrios said. "And that is that we believe that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard because he's an openly gay entertainer. Canceling his performances, past and future, are a result of that double standard."

Although GLAAD asked ABC to explain itself to the public in the second statement, it failed to be clear about how the organization deemed ABC's actions. Barrios decided to issue a third statement, he said, to make it crystal clear.

"GLAAD is appreciative of ABC's other work," Barrios said, referring to the commendations ABC has received in recent years for the network's portrayal of gay characters on several of its prime-time shows.  "But let me be clear: We remain steadfast in our beliefs that he's being subjected to a double standard because he's an openly gay performer."

GLAAD no longer wants ABC to explain what it meant by "caught off guard" to the public. Instead, Barrios said he hopes viewers will let ABC know what they think about how Lambert is being treated. ABC declined to comment today.

"We're urging the community to reach out to ABC and express those concerns because we believe Adam Lambert is being subjected to an unfair double standard," Barrios said.

--Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photo: Adam Lambert appears on "The Early Show"/Credit: Getty Images


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Boycott the narrow minded ABC network............Adam does not need them

What? What double standard? If a straight person did the same as Adam did on a national tv show I would expect that performer to get the same treatment ABC initially gave Adam. Adam is now getting a free pass, because he made that horrible and offensive performance about his sexuality and not what it is really about. Blatant sexual acts. Adam will never get a free pass from me. I will skip every show he appears on. I've already returned his album back to the store. That is me flipping off you, Adam.
A former fan.

TO: GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so happy you have stepped up and really sent out a good word for Adam Lambert. After your first statement a group of us banned ABC from our households and even started Facebook as well as On-line groups to rally against ABC as we were all convinced he was having his career ruined by ABC. Thank you for supporting this young man. I'm sure we will all be able to get much entertainment from him in the future with your continued support. I and others look forward to his interview on "The View" as well as his spot on, "The Ten Most Fascinating People" interview. Hopefully he will be appearing on Kimmel soon too.

This is just how shady the whole deal is, ABC blames the FCC in a tweet made yesterday. I would like to know just what is really up. It seems he can appear on pre-taped interviews and performances. This is crap and it has been smelling since it started. The FCC knows it and so does ABC. I don't blame some of the shows for listening to ABC, who knows maybe they where told to do what they said or else. We may never know what is really going on. The only one telling the truth and has never lied about anything is Adam Lambert. He takes responsibility for being over zealous, and letting the moment get away from him. I'm not trying to put words in his mouth in any way, I just can't remember word for word of what he said. I hope Adam never suffers from anything done to him in the last week, that would just be a totally different ball game, not to mention a shame. Adam has so much talent and for that to be lost would be a horrible injustice. If you don't believe me go out and purchase his CD titled "For Your Entertainment" or just check him out on the view next Thursday. You will be amazed, because he has had me as a fan from Hollywood Week on American Idol, he couldn't disappoint me if he tried. What a special person and role model for all of us, he keeps taking the hits and comes up even stronger.

Does anyone even know that ABC is owned by Disney? Everyone knows Disney as an employer is gay friendly. They do not serve the gay community. They serve the majority which is the non gay community. I'm sure a television studio owned by Disney would like to have a flamboyant homosexual like Lambert kissing and simulating oral sex for kids to watch. Lambert was more respectible when he was on American Idol. We all knew he was gay then and didn't care. Now he has to remind everyone he is gay and seems to do whatever flamboyant gays do on stage so he can to get free publicity. Whats next? Him dry humping a dog on stage? All you idiots who say you will boycott ABC and its sponser just go right on ahead. They don't care about you. BTW that other female obnoxious homo Rosie was employed by ABC until she became a paranoid ignorant 9-11 denier thinking it was an inside government job. Its not really a gay thing. Straigt or gay if you are obnoxious and obscene, you will be censored by television studios.

GLAAD PRESIDENT EXPLAINS...bla, bla, bla....


Gay is not an excuse for bad taste and deceiving your employer. He changed his performance from the rehearsal, he said so himself. He claimed he got carried away. He needs to grow up and become a professional, not a club performer where anything is allowed. Gay or straight, his actions (simulated oral sex and digital manipulation of a femaile) were inappropriate and went to far broadcast on ABC, a basic television station. If ABC is fined by the FCC, the money should come out of Lambert's pocket. That will teach him where the buck stops.

it goes to a wrestle for control by the liberty police:


and if you don't agree with their view of what constitutes obscenity and the prospect of repressive censorship give it a voice:


I'm a gay man and I think Lambert's performance was perverse and disgusting. I feel ABC cancelled his appearence because he performed perverse sex acts on live TV, not because of his homosexuality. I applaud ABC for not permitting such filth on their fine network. For the record, I was also disgusted by Madonna and Britney's threeway with the other pop tart whose name I forget. Such acts, whether between gay people or straight people, have no place in public display. My b/f and I frown on all acts of public affection and feel it's best behind closed doors.

Why does this have to be a gay issue ? I don't really think he is a great performer, gay or straight.

Looking at this strictly as a gay issue is a way to distract from the real problem with Lambert's performance on the AMAs. Making this a right wing nutso issue is another. Gender issues aside, politicals issues aside, he messed up, either from a newbie standpoint or an over inflated ego. The fact that he does not feel the need to apologize, says a lot about who this guy is. I'm not impressed by or GLAAD right now.

I am a fan of Adam Lambert. I enjoy his music and his theatrics. I was caught off guard by his actions during the AMAs....but, if you really listen to his song 'For Your Entertainment'..he fully embraced the lyrics. They perfectly describe him and his type of performances. He IS entertainment. Did he go too far? IMHO, yes...shocked his main-stream fans who were not quite prepared to SEE his lifestyle....accept it yes, but not necessarily SEE it on TV. From what I've read, people are talking more about what he DID than the song itself....which is so sad! It is a great great song! But few people heard it because of what they were watching on tv....that is the downside that will hurt him......too many people watching but not listening.
It's been almost TWO weeks, you can't change it, you can't erase it....it's over, it's done....we need to stop beating a dead horse.....move on! Please!
I am still a fan and proud of it, I'll be watching the next time he's on tv......cause the man CAN sing!

My question to ABC is: Did the same viewers that called to complain about Adam Lambert go get a beer or take a bathroom break during Janet Jackson's or Eminen's performances? Crotch grabbing by a female and wrapping about violence I guess are OK. Hmmn, am I missing something?


You cannot say that Janet Jackson was not ridiculed immensely after her Superbowl performance when her boob was exposed on national tv. I just think there is a time and place for everything, and Adam's performance was neither the time nor place. Who watches a reward show on ABC to see a man simulating oral sex. Does that make sense? I don't care if he is gay. His performance was tacky. What parent wants to explain to their child a grown man parading on stage acting out sexual activities. I wouldn't and I applaud ABC for cancelling his performances. And Eminem has gotten into a lot of heat also for some of his choices but he knows how to spin the situation, for example: performing with Elton John when people were calling him homophobic. Adam has yet to do this.

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