Update: GLAAD has issued yet ANOTHER statement. The latest is in response to the news that Adam is booked for an appearance and performance on The View December 10. GLAAD says:
“ABC has taken a step towards fairness by inviting Adam Lambert to perform on The View. GLAAD has been advocating against the double standards that have been applied to Lambert as an openly gay performer. We thank community members and allies for voicing their concerns with ABC so that entertainers like Adam have the opportunity to be broadcast into living rooms across America.”
According to a tweet from Adam, he’ll appear on The View Thursday, December 10. The appearance, which will feature an interview and performance, will be pre-taped, due to a scheduling conflict (per Adam’s peeps). GLAAD is taking credit? I think Barbara Walters waved her big stick and got her way. via LA Times
Jarrett Barrios, GLAAD president, explains to the LA Times why the organization felt the need to keep clarifying their stance, and I have to say, I’m still left confused. He claims the first statement was taken out of context. But that first, wishy washy statement had no criticism of ABC in it whatsoever. When GLAAD got some heat, they ramped up the rhetoric, once and then twice. via LA Times
‘We appreciate ABC’s commitment to gay and transgender inclusion in other programming, ‘ said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. ‘However, let us be clear that GLAAD remains steadfast in our assertion that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard by ABC as an openly gay performer. We do not support ABC cancelling Adam Lambert’s past and future performances. We urge the community to reach out to ABC and express their concerns that Adam Lambert is being subjected to a double standard.’
Queerty has a pretty scathing critique of the way GLAAD handled the Adam controversy HERE, with quotes from GLAAD’s ever-changing prior statements on the controversy.
GLAAD must have gotten their asses kicked to have turned around so completely on the matter in such a short period of time…