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Media still imposes double standard

Natalie Veissalov, Editor in Chief

Natalie Veissalov, Editor in Chief

If you watched the American Music Awards about three weeks ago, you may have seen Adam Lambert’s racy and provocative performance.

The day after his performance, television, radio and online media sources were swarmed with criticism and commentary regarding some of his actions on stage.

It seemed like that was all they were talking about that day, like there was no other important news to report.

He has been getting way more media attention than the “ American Idol” winner, Kris Allen.

Adam Lambert is a great singer and performer, but there are other important issues to worry about in this world.

And one of those issues is not someone’s steamy performance.

However, I would like to stay focused on the Adam Lambert controversy.

Adam Lambert kissing another guy, doing lewd acts with others on the stage, and objectifying people offended many people watching the network according to the ABC Network.

NBC reported 1,500 callers to its phone line. And 14 million people watched the AMAs.

I think there should be no reason for ABC cancelling Adam Lambert’s performance on “ Good Morning America” scheduled on the week after his AMA performance.

Lambert’s scheduled performance on Jimmy Kimmel and Dick Clark’s New Years Eve program were canceled.

Both programs are on ABC.

Even though I am not a supporter of gay marriage, I still believe they gave him a double standard just because he is a male and gay.

I think it is not fair that he received negative media attention for one performance after Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson also had provocative and controversial moves while on stage.

No one even mentioned these two artists in the media.

I feel like Lambert carried and spoke about the issue really well even when hundreds of people were all up against him.

In addition, Lambert’s performance was the last performance of the program, while Janet Jackson’s performance was the first one and Lady Gaga was in the middle.

What I mean by this is that the majority of children were in bed by the time Lambert came up onto the stage, and there were probably children awake during the time Janet Jackson and Lady Gaga’s performances were on stage.

So that means that children probably did not even watch Lambert’s performance. Some news stations reported that the American Music Awards was meant to be a family program. But since when has this been a family program?

Some rappers and other artists cursed and said some offensive language.

In my opinion, this is not a family program.

Children should not be watching this program anyways.

And if they were watching the awards with their parents, their parents have the authority and the remote control to change the channel or turn off the television when they see something inappropriate.

Later that week of the scandal, Lambert said on the CBS’ “The Early Show” to Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith, “I’m not a baby sitter. I’m a performer.”

I totally agree with him. His job is to entertain.

Yes, Lambert’s performance was steamy and controversial, and caused some jaw dropping; however, you have to remember it was done at almost 11 p.m. and people have the option of changing the channel.

Natalie Veissalov, a junior journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at

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