As you may recall, at the close of the American Music Awards of 2009, former Idol runner up Adam Lambert performed his first single For Your Entertainment, a raunchy tribute to rough sex that contains delicious little jewels such as “It’s alright, you’ll be fine, baby, I’m in control. Take the pain, take the pleasure, I’m the master of both.”
We like that. And we thought his performance was nothing particularly out of the ordinary given that nowadays everyone and his shoe retailer tries to do something really shocking during award shows. From Angelina Jolie sucking face with her brother James Haven at the 2000 Oscars all the way to Madonna kissing Britney Spears, then Christina Aguilera, at the MTV Video Music Awards, shock has become so commonplace at these things as to no longer be all that shocking. (Scroll to the end of the post for the clip.)
But, you know, we’re a little more progressive (and dare we say, rational?) than most people.
The watchdogs at the Parents Television Council were not quite so calm in regard to the performance, which briefly simulated oral sex and involved a kiss between Lambert and a male performer. The group urged viewers to complain to the FCC if they were living in an area where the performance was shown before 10PM local time.
The FCC has received 5,000 complaints just for his performance alone. And now, we can all get a look at what America’s saying thanks to The Smoking Gun:
Speaking in his own defense, Lambert was quickly to point out to Rolling Stone magazine: “Female performers have been doing this for years–pushing the envelope about sexuality–and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009–it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom.”