Update: The Braintrust at the Parents Television Council has weighed in:
‘Last night’s ‘American Music Awards’ broadcast was nothing short of tasteless and vulgar. Adam Lambert, the second-place finisher in last season’s ‘American Idol’ competition, chose to treat American families to simulated oral sex and other demeaning behavior. ABC and Dick Clark Productions had every reason to know what to expect, as Lambert himself proclaimed that his performance would be ‘very sexy’ and would include leather and chains. But the producers and the network chose to bury their heads in the sand.
Adam Lambert’s controversial performance on the American Music Award’s did cause the expected water-cooler talk this morning. I posted some of the early morning news items last night and in this morning’s headlines thread. Here’s more:
ABC has received 1, 500 complaints from viewers offended by Adam’s performance last night. The network considers it a “moderate” amount.
Adam talked to Rolling Stone after his performance last night. He confirmed that he’ll be performing “Whataya Want From Me” when he tapes the Late Show with David Letterman today. He also confirmed that the same-sex lip lock and simulated BJ were done in the heat of the moment. “Adrenaline is crazy, ” says Adam, “and sometimes things just happen.”
Adam admits to Perez Hilton via twitter that his AMA performance was pitchy, but blames it on the sound mix, “It WAS a bit pitchy. Don’t know what was goin on with the sound. Same thing always went down on idol” Perez sends positive vibes Adam’s way HERE.
Rolling Stone wrote a positive review of Adam’s performance HERE. But RS is a card-carrying member of the over-hype machine, so no surprise there.
Michelle Collins of Best Week Ever? Loved it. Linda Holmes of NPR not so much. (Her take is pretty close to mine) New York Mag’s Vulture blog brings the funny. And we’ve got dueling opinions over at Entertainment Weekly. Michael Slezak says Hell No, while Ken Tucker cries Bring It On.