hmmmmmmmmm.. my television watching seems to be escalating Anyhow - to the point; I'm weighing things here. Violence against women versus male homosexuality. Male homosexuality versus violence against women. Now we present our fare to the ever-mundane and confused American viewing audience. What's this? What's that you're all up in arms about?? Something's awry. During the final musical performance of The American Music Awards three days ago was Adam Lambert's number. It was the finale to the show. It was edgy, highly choreographed, and visually stunning. Were I a great fan of rock music or Mr. Lambert's voice I'd probably have liked that too (though Lambert himself says it was not one of his better singing performances). However I'm not addressing Adam Lambert as a performer I'm addressing him as an advocate. ABC (which hosted the awards show) was so innundated by negative e-mails and telephone calls at Adam's simulation of oral sex (and more obviously) that fact that he kissed another man on the mouth that Good Morning America (also ABC) cancelled a morning appearance because of the complaints received by the general public. Poor Stacy in Kalamazoo is afraid her six year old may have seen that kiss you see. I don't watch ABC in the morning so I missed all that but it's, nevertheless, come to my attention there's a big stink. However I do watch the CBS Early Show nearly every morning as I have my tea. This morning's production featured Adam Lambert prominently. Not only did he perform two other cuts from his new album but he also fielded questions from Maggie Rodriguez (one-on-one interview) and the outdoor audience about his performance on the AMA. Rodriguez pulled no punches in her questions. Lambert remained calm and cool as a cucumber throughout. It was masterful. He's smooth as glass. The man has a charming - nearly counter-rock staresque - personality that's endearing and unthreatening. Yet under that mild exterior is an activist supreme. Adam addressed the incongruity and double standard of the Madonna/Britney kiss (always shown where Lambert's male-to-male kiss was not but rather blurred out this morning on CBS) and the fact the during Janet Jackson's performance she grabbed her twat. But more importantly Lambert addressed the lyrics in Eminem's performance which openly advocate rape. RAPE?? Raping women? Marshall Mathers III thinks raping women is dandy. Oh ok. But wait. Where are all the outraged women e-mailing and calling ABC in protest? What the fuck's going on here? Curious. No one appears to have much of a problem with ol' Marshall now do they? This article from The Los Angeles Times covers it nicely. When a society thinks a performing artist needs no censorship or reprimand for advocating rape yet an openly gay male performer is "too controversial" for simply kissing another man on the mouth I say we've got it backwards. Issues America... ISSUES. Adam (again though I don't particularly like his singing) has tremendous potential to undo the damage done by the patriarchal heterosexual male- dictated notion that female homosexuality is somehow acceptable where male homosexuality is not. Adam Lambert has my respect. He's one to watch. He's one clever lad. ABC? Go fuck yourself.