Adam Lambert Controversy
Drama is nothing new to entertainment and the recent Adam Lambert controversy should come as no surprise. If you're one who follows these scandal-charged, information-overloaded sources, then you should should be no stranger to the uproar surrounding Adam Lambert.
What most people don't realize is that the recent Adam Lambert controversy (involving his performance at the 2009 American Music Awards) is nothing new to Adam's life. His controversial style first surfaced after pictures were released of him romantically kissing another man. Talk of him being gay ensued, and this is when the Adam Lambert controversy first began to take root.
The pundit factory started churning. Talking heads started debating whether this "controversy" would inhibit his chances at winning "American Idol". Not surprisingly, the naysayers were wrong, and Lambert finished in the top two, the launching point of a strong solo career.
Then, the real Adam Lambert controversy began. On Nov. 22nd, 2009, Mr. Lambert found himself back in the spotlight, for the wrong reasons, of course. During his performance at the coveted AMA show, Lambert kissed another male performer in the mouth, thrust the man's head into his crotch and proceeded to (in quite bizarre fashion) strap various performers to leashes. It's anyone's guess how that rehearsal went. Or maybe it didn't.
Then, the party really got started.
ABC, who is Disney's corporate partner, canceled Lambert's upcoming GMA (Good Morning America) performance and released multiple statements about the issue. Anne Sweeney, President of Disney/ABC TV productions said, "We certainly don't want to suppress artistry at any level, but we also have to be very cognizant of who our audience is." She went on to say, "We really had to take the decision very seriously and found that his performance was very unpredictable at night and (we) didn't know what to expect in the morning," Wow, sounds almost like a hangover.
Many pop culture analysts feel that the Adam Lambert controversy has done little to squelch his success. In 2010 his hit, "Whataya Want From Me" was nominated for a Grammy. In the same year, Lambert won two Celebrity Magazine Awards (CMA) and was also nominated for an Emma award in Finland.
So, what does the Adam Lambert controversy really mean? Well, newspapers and magazines need to sell copies. Websites and TV shows need page views and ratings.
This is the perfect example of how someone can go from controversy to celebrity and carve out their unique path in history. To say this is the last controversy of its kind, or even the last Adam Lambert controversy, would be a huge error in how American society works. Go ahead and try to name a successful individual who was able to fly under the proverbial radar. Everyone will be waiting.