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ABC Receives 1,500 Complaints About Glambert

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Although many people loved Adam Lambert's performance Sunday night at the American Music Awards, many conservatives have their panties in a bunch.

Lambert performed his latest single, For Your Entertainment, which included simulating oral sex with a male dancer, making out with one of the male band members and plenty of crotch grabbing.

And according to ABC, over 1,500 people have called to complain about the performance.

Though ABC has classified the response as "moderate."

Others have taken to online forums to bash Lambert's performance.

Wonder how much backlash MTV received when Britney Spears and Madonna had their infamous kiss?

Oh wait, people were loving it!

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506 comments to “ABC Receives 1,500 Complaints About Glambert”

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  1. 1

    you know what is funny. i'm not a conservative, but i did complain to ABC. you might want to spin your message the other way.

  2. 2

    "Wonder how much backlash MTV received when Britney Spears and Madonna had their infamous kiss?"

    MTV IS ON CABLE YOU STUPID PIECE OF COW DUNG - it's NOT regulated by the FCC like ABC is.


  3. 3

    Dude, we get it YOUR GAY. Stop having a need in rubbing everyone's face in it.

  4. 4

    Get over it America. If you are not ready for Adam Lambert, don't watch MTV sponsored shows. He is So Right when he says that if it were a woman(think Madonna, GaGa) doing the same show, there would be no problem. But, remember when Maddona first showed up(Like A Virgin)…there was much dissing.

  5. 5


  6. 6

    That's hot!! And, I'm female and straight !

  7. 7

    Because he's a freak of nature!!!

  8. 8

    Sorry, his performance was awful and disgusting. Leave this stuff for the gay bars. If he wants to sell a lot of CDs he has to appeal to a wide audience.

  9. Moron says – reply to this


    The guy is a moron.I hope his 15 minutes of fame is up.

  10. 10

    ummmm perez i think you are forgetting all of the flack that britney got after that kiss.. parents were not happy. and a kiss is A LOT different than simulating oral sex! if a man or women pushed someone of the opposite sex's face to their crotch it would be controversial. you think because you are gay everything is a double standard, its not. his behavior is not okay and should not be featured on an award show that many young teens watch

  11. 11

    I didn't see it…but good for him.
    If it Madonna or Shitney doing it, nobody would blink and eye

  12. 12


  13. 13

    ive never listened to adam lambert before but his voice sounded shitty during this perfrmance

  14. 14

    IDIOT, MTV was a CABLE PERFORMANCE, BIG DIFFERENCE from an ABC 'GENERAL AUDIENCE' performance, they guy should worry about writing a decent song before he starts getting all risque for the sake of pushing buttons, and his singing was awful. The problem I have with this is he was on AMERICAN IDOL last year, my niece, was a huge fan of him, and to see him do the things he was doing, was confusing for her and just broke my heart. I KNOW everyone wants to point out, what was a 10 year old doing up that late, um, she doesnt have school tomorrow, asswipes, shes on Thanksgiving vacation. so fuck you all.

  15. 15

    I personally fail to see how ANYONE, on any level of conservatism, thought that whole show was entertaining in a positive way. ABC is a family channel and they should have known they would receive a lot of flak for that. Good grief.

  16. 16

    I say fuck 'em!

  17. 17

    dont pretend that there werent people who were pissed about the britney and Madonna thing too. I am sure Justin Timberlake called mtv at least 50 times

  18. 18

    he's making it up for not coming out right away :P usually dudes kissin is not a turn on for me but he's so godam pretty it works! loves it!

  19. 19

    If you don't like it, don't watch it!

  20. 20

    i'm not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination and I thought it was barf-a-rific. But I also thought the cheerleader/strippers during Kid Rock's SuperBowl performance were disgusting. And Britney kissing Madonna - what does that have to do with music? ugh. Cheapens the music, like it can't be enjoyed without titilation going on. IS the music really THAT mediocre?

  21. 21


  22. 22

    You hate Britney !!!!!!!! HATER!!!!!!!!

  23. 23

    Ok, we get it. Enough already.

  24. 24


  25. 25

    There is a BIG difference between MTV and ABC. Lambert was going for pub because his single isn't selling.

  26. 26

    lambert sucks!

  27. 27

    jejeje His carrer is already over…just before start!!! Good job Lambert.

  28. 28

    I think your message would be heard a bit louder if you didn't bash people for not wanting their children to watch simulated oral sex.

    Why is it wrong to not want that type of crap on prime time Network television??? I think you need to re-evaluate your own belief system.

  29. 29

    I'm definitely NOT a conservative and I didn't like Adam's performance at all. I just felt what he did was so unoriginal and pointless. It seems like he just did those things to get attention… there was no artistic merit or originality at all. Plus, I couldn't get past how awful his voice sounded. I much prefer Lady Gaga's performances when it comes to "shock and awe." For the record, I didn't like the Britney-Madonna thing either. Get some fresh ideas people!

  30. 30

    If I had a problem with it I would just turn the TV off.. Ugh, so much energy wasting for looking for the phone-number, being on hold for an hour and then complain. What do you wanna win from that?

  31. 31

    Thank you perez for saying it so perfectly. Why is it that two girls in this country can kiss and everyone loves it, but when two guys kiss it makes the front page and everyone is complaining. Adam's performance was outstanding and I am so thankful that we have Adam to stand up for whats right, About time

  32. 32

    Let's do the math. They received 1500 complaints. There are 50 states. That's an average of 30 from each state.

    I don't see a problem.

  33. 33


  34. 34

    you took the words right out of my mouth anonymousdude. I am not a conservative in the least, my bestt friend happens to be extremeeeely gay..and i love him even more for it! but i was absolutely disgusted by his gyrating and pda..i thought it was absolutely inappropriate!

  35. 35

    People are complaing that their ears hurt! God it was a horrible vocal performance.

  36. 36

    it was disgusting and this guy needs to vanish…… just like you perez… ya we get it you guys are gay fine whatever nothing against it but holy crap we understand enough is enough for christ sake

  37. 37

    I'm not a conservative, but I also complained. What kind of message is this sending to children who are watching this show. Hey kids to be a famous rockstar you need to give bj's and put people on leashes. The kiss didn't bother me…the sexual theme of the whole performance did. It was almost softcore porn!

  38. LGM says – reply to this


    I can't believe you are making this into a GAY thing. I am a big supporter of gay marriage and gay rights I live in California so when I saw his performance last night the only thing I thought was his singing sucked!! Then I came here and saw the things that were edited out! I can't believe you stand behind a performance that had oral sex in it. I don't care who it was gay or straight that does not belong on network TV. You Perez would be extremely disgusted if lets say Kid Rock did this to one of his dancers as you should be. Stop being a hypocrite because you and Adam are giving the gay community a BAD name, and I'm sure they don't like it!

  39. 39

    probably because MTV is geared to a completely different audience than ABC… way different channels, way different standards..

    i like glambert, but it was a little much for a live broadcast on a major family network.

  40. ap076 says – reply to this


    People complaining about the kiss should just piss off but the simulated oral sex (no matter what the gender or sexual orientation) should really have never been done on a prime time network broadcast.
    Prince and Bobby Brown did this sort of stuff years ago and kept it to their tours where tickets can be printed with warnings. Madonna had to compromise with MTV for Justify My Love (seems kind of tame now) and allow airplay after 10pm. I am gay out, loud, and proud, but doing this on TV is just not productive. And trying to use it to regain cred in the gay equality movement is not going to work for you Perez especially after you outed a national TV figure on the AMAs last night.

  41. 41

    His song sucked. He has limited talent and has to resort to lame gimmicks. Anything that he has done someone with more talent has done on stage already. It is ashame what people accept these days.

  42. 42

    wait a minute….didn't selma blair and sarah michelle gellar win best kiss for their kiss in Cruel Intentions? AND they kissed at the awards show and people cheered…what's the difference?

  43. 43

    I love adam! great performance

  44. 44

    Was that really necessary? Didn't seem like art to me…it just wasn't good. All that screaming and unnecessary bullshit. The guy from Star Search, Sam Harris, needs to come and clock this dude in the neck for trying to steal his flow. Sam was way better. Wonder where he is…. The entire show was lame. 10 years ago, 20 years ago, hell 30 years ago, you actually had people from all genres that could sing and dance and put on a show that made you say, "Wow, who could possibly top that?. Today, there are a rare few that dazzle, and we are forced (not anymore) to watch bullshit like this. And his album cover is sheot too. Fucking no talent loser. GDamn!

  45. 45

    it's not conservatives with their panties in a bunch…it was tasteless and disgusting.

  46. 46

    Adams Album is Great. One Performance. He will WOW everyone and than people will be eating there words. Listen to Soaked on new album.

  47. 47

    All I have to say is "get a life people" get out of that box you live in called a house. It is what it is and I have to say I saw it and it didn't bother me one bit but J.Lo falling had me in stitches….HA

  48. 48

    Oh, the homophobes are rallying their small-minded troops.
    It was a GREAT and courageous performance.

  49. 49

    remember the 1500 complaint's about lambert by perez before he came out lol

  50. 50

    get over yourself perez. i wouldnt be surprised if people did complain about britney and madonna…but they were too obsessed with the fact that it was britney gone bad! AND MTV is on cable…the FCC has no regulations over what they can broadcast! you complain that jennifer lopezs fall was cut out of the west coast broadcast…dont you think if ABC cared they would have cut this out of the rest of the broadcast?? just get over it if you werent gay you wouldnt care!!!

  51. 51

    i think GLAMBERT is amazing and those hatin are just closed minded fools..who all need to get off the earth..lmao

  52. 52

    Re: eileenfitz – I love how much women are laughing at this one….if it was a woman no one would complain. Hahaha yeah tyey would and they do. Take out the gay politics because that is what this is angling for and realize the performance didnt get the affect it wanted. He proved he is not a Janet, Madonna, Britney or any of those other girls he wants to be.

  53. 53

    first of all you dumb fuck abc is regulated by the fcc. and atleast when britney and madonna did it (don't forget christina too) it was hot!!! and a kiss is a lot different than oral sex and grabbing someone's vagina. what's the most pathetic about about this performance is that he tries to hard. He's a wannabe and poser. when britney and madonna did that kiss it was just for fun, adam is trying to shove his lifestyle down our throats!

  54. 54

    Looks like Dark Sonic trying a new technique to defeat a boss…

  55. 55

    Not surprised at all.
    America is NOT ready for open male homosexuality.
    (Madonna & Britney kissing is enitrely different .. in the eyes of most males).
    America has a long, long way to go.
    Sometimes it's embarrassing how intolerant we are.
    That said, I did NOT enjoy Adam's performance because I'm a huge fan of his voice, his looks, and his showmanship.
    But his weird choreography, simulating an orgy, only detracted from his singing and natural talent.
    He is worthy of SO much more than soft-core porn.
    I didn't find Adam's entire gig sexy or provocative. JUST SLEAZY CHEESY.

  56. 56

    Dont like Adam, but i dislike complainers even more, you idiots know there is gonna be some drama…just dont watch the show. All you complainers dont watch music shows, mtv, award shows….just dont watch…damn you idiots

  57. LGM says – reply to this


    For those of you saying that everyone is angry about the kiss you are wrong. Stop comparing it to Britney Madonna kiss. Britney did not get on her knees and give Madonna simulated oral sex. You guys are so biased it is ridiculous. Honestly, I can't believe people think it is okay.

  58. 58

    Where is my baseball bat!!Perez is a Pigface too!!

  59. 59

    Its not about censoring the fact that he's gay. It's about what he did was questionable to decent taste and whats appropriate for television. If it had been a woman simulating oral sex on a man it would have been just as innappropriate. He needs to fucking learn that because he is gay and a performer he can't just do sexual things out in public or broadcast on certain television mediums. It's not about censoring your right to sexual orientation its about not being a fucking idiot and having a social filiter.Stop trying to make everything about gay bashing you hypocritical piece of shit.

  60. 60

    I SAW THE PERFORMANCE ON YOU TUBE. ADAM LAMBERT IS FINISHED. CAREER IS OVVVARRRRRR…….and yes i am suprised about the complaints, i have nothing against gay..what he did on the show was disgusting..

  61. 61

    honestly, i thought that was gross. his performance was soo tasteless. i don't care if he is gay. i support the gays. but i wouldn't want to see it even if he was shoving a girl's face into his crotch. i'm 15 and i don't need to be seeing that everytime i watch an awards show.

  62. 62

    Lambert is a great entertainer and doesn't need to resort to outrageous behavior to get attention. He should be more saavy and know his general audience.

  63. 63

    I think it's the whole "simulating oral sex" thing.

  64. 64

    Such bullshit & what a one way fucking street. Did everybody but me miss the crotch grab Janet did that night during her performance. It was during the performance of her song IF where she runs her hand between his legs and grabs him….And hello RiRi was just about naked in the opening video of her performance…but yes lets just focuse on Adam because he is gay and proud right. what bastards.

  65. 65

    Two guys kissing…whatever, that's fine. The crotch grabbing and stimulated oral sex–with any combination of genders–is what I find disgusting. People don't want sexuality shoved in their face any more than you or I want other peoples biases and religious beliefs shoved in ours. I just don't understand why Perez would defend someone who's actions are going to hurt the Gay movement. If you want people to stop inequality, don't insult them. Put out people like Ellen and Neil Patrick Harris who are likable and make their sexuality a non-issue, like it should be.

  66. 66

    I thought his performance and singing was a train wreck. The pitch was way off and everything he did seemed forced and just stupid.
    I am a huge Adam fan, but I am beginning to think Gene Simmons was right.
    If Adam keeps this up, it is going to be over before it began.

  67. 67

    I have no problem with the kissing. Putting the one dancers face in his crotch and so on, that's a little too graphic for a network channel.
    I just think that there was so much going on on stage, I did not pay attention to the song at all. It was like he thought his song sucked or something, so all this stuff was thrown together to distract viewers.

  68. 68

    I only had a problem with his singing. IT WAS HORRIBLE! my ears are still ringing from that shit. He should tone it down or just stop singing all together. My god he sounded horrendous!

  69. 69

    i just saw the performance online and i thought it was good. i wasn't shocked at all, guess i'm just one of those crazy open minded liberals. him thrusting his crotch and making out with the same sex is old news…madonna did it about 15 year ago. well she's been doing the crotch grabbing, as has every other female performer and male rock star for the last 40 years.

    still, it's nice to know something can still shock the old fogey. i thought it was funny!

    seriously, if adam, an openly gay man, kissing another man on tv gets some people worked out…then i wish i had their lives and that was the biggest problem i had going on right now.

    p.s. did they never see Will & Grace? hello, gay men kissing! nothing new!

  70. 70

    ok first of all how do you email abc? and why the hell does britney get dragged into everyone's crap?This has ntohing to do with her.

  71. 71

    the performance sucked

  72. 72

    The britney/madonna kiss was on cable and i think they got alot of flack for that anyways….

    I also think simulating oral sex is just taking it just a bit too far plus what does that really add to the performance? I'm not a huge fan of his to begin with, but his performances on Idol were great without that kind of stuff.. why do it now?

  73. 73

    1500 out of 330 million; who cares?

  74. 74

    Mtv's fanbase is a little different than ABC's…

  75. 75

    At least when Britney & Madonna kissed it was on cable TV. It had nothing to do with the fact that he was male or even gay…but everything to do with it being overly vulgar and extremely distasteful.

  76. 76

    Perez just stop already. A lot of people are not ready nor interested in seeing that. It doesn't bother me personally but it is still considered taboo by many.

  77. 77

    what a bunch of backward morons who could not take a guy doing the same thing women have been doing all along. by the way, i am a woman who is hetero, married, and have a 5 yr. old child. BUT, i think there is nothing wrong with being whatever sex you like to be. i like adam lambert for the music he sings and the excitement he is finally bringing back to the music scene. if people complained then they were probably jealous. go adam and stay the way you are!

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  79. dnev says – reply to this


    Britney and Madonna kissing wasn't a total shock on MTV because cmon its MTV but ABC!? There is just a higher standard. That performance was sloppy to say the least..I mean falling and all that vile behavior. Don't make the stage your bedroom!

  80. 80

    If I were a man and gay, I would be all over that! My first time hearing him, so it made me check out other videos! Last night wasn't his best performance, that's for sure… BTW, kids should have been ASLEEP by the time he was performing. My kids were asleep!!

  81. 81

    It was the "American MUSIC" Awards - not the LOGO channel Not-So-Much-Music Awards.

  82. 82

    So, it's okay for girls, but not for boys. Growing up it used to be the other way around. Here's the bottom line folks.
    1. We live in a FREE country. Ergo just because you don't like something doesn't mean other people shouldn't be able to do it.
    2. If you're going to make it a family program no one should be making out on stage or simulating sex whether it be man/woman woman/woman or man/man. However you can't complain when one person does it when you don't complain about everyone else doing it. It's called HYPOCRISY and DISCRIMINATION!
    See this is where that whole Freedom thing comes in. Just because you believe in it, doesn't mean everyone else does. So if you don't like something change the channel. If you don't want to be gay, don't be gay. If you don't want to be straight don't be straight.

  83. 83

    He was trying too hard. "HMM let's see how many shocking things we can fit in 3 minutes". If it was JUST a kiss, there wouldn't be such an uproar.

  84. 84

    i effin LUV it!

    adam there are very few things sexier, hotter, more gorgeouser than two people embraced in a passionate kiss - even if it is just for show.

    i'm a fan, i can't understand how anyone is not a fan.

  85. Laury says – reply to this


    I was offended by Adam Lambert's performance, but not because it was provocative… I was offended because it was BAD. I thought he was supposed to have a good voice, but he sounded like a cat being strangled. And the whole thing felt way too rehearsed, you could tell he wasn't trying to make an artistic statement, all he wanted was to shock people just for the hell of fun. Well congratulations Adam, it worked.

    And yeah, we know you loved his performance, Perez, anything that has two guys kissing and simulating a blow job in it is awesome in your book. Duh.

  86. 86

    I didn't know conservatives watched award shows.

  87. 87

    He actually looked a lot like a skanky meth-fuelled Liza Minnelli throughout that performance.
    You have to give the guy credit though for putting that performance together in the way that he did. If people like gay stuff like that, well good for them, and if they don't, they can always complain to themselves, or anyone that'll listen to them complain, hehee

  88. 88

    1500 complaints out of how many millions of viewers? Seems like too small a percentage to even worry about. I'm a conservative but it's a numbers game.

  89. 89

    Re: kcboi24

    So you'd be fine with your child watching simulated fellatio on tv?

    Fine whatever floats your boat.

    Really, I'm no prude but this performance showed everything that is wrong with music today. It really is image and no substance. He knows his song sucked (which it does) so he used a lame "shocking" publicity tactic to get people to know about him and buy his cd. Lame and desperate.

  90. 90

    you like it ,almost everyone hate it! ,the Britney Madonna Kiss was in CABLE TV not in National tv like ABC . Its diferent .

  91. 91

    Ok so I am not consertive and i am pro gay everything, I think that perez's example about Madonna and Britney was wrong because it was one kiss (2 if you count chrisina in there) I think most of them would of been upset if it had been a guy and a girl or girl on girl because of how much of it was in it not because of the guy on guy stuff, although I'm sure a few homophobes were in there too.anyway thats just my opinion of why, Personally I loved the song and the preformance!

  92. SURF2 says – reply to this


    Adam Lambert was horrible. An awful song, that he tried to hide behind a SIDE SHOW performance. Why can Brittany, Lady GaGa, Madonna get away with it - cuz they can ACTUALLY SING while performing. There musical talents are first and foremost.

    This is why he was SECOND loser on idol - he tried way too hard to emphasize being different but couldn't sustain it with his talent.

    If Lambert is proud of his performance, he sadly is in a league of his own!

  93. 93

    Hopefully ABC received a ton of complaints about JLO lipsynching to her crappy song made up of 2 lines sung over and over. =c)

  94. 94

    I'm gay and hated the fucking garbage!
    and for the record Brit/Madonna were on Cable tv and the vma's!
    I'm thinking of complaining myself
    I don't mind the kiss, but dude was trying way to hard to be controversial and epic fail!
    His singing sucked, he looked ugly as hell, and yea we all get it you're a homo, congrats.

  95. 95

    I understand that you like Adam, Perez, but you have to understand why that performance was inappropriate. There is a time and a place for everything. A prime-time award show on ABC is not the place to be grabbing people heads and shoving them into your crotch. If I had paid money to go to his concert I might expect to see a performance like that, it's ok to be yourself on your own terms…. not to force your terms on the rest of the country who just tuned in to see an innocent award show. He should save his "kinky "performances for his own concerts and tone it down when he is being presented to millions of people who will more than likely find that offensive…. regardless of his sex or orentation.

  96. 96

    Re: VegasSchmegas – Dude we get it your straight stop rubbing it in everyone's face!!!!!

  97. 97

    Are you kidding me? SIMULATED ORAL SEX? Sick. And the Britney Spears thing was on MTV- I.E. CABLE. You're fucking retarded.

  98. 98

    Madonna didn't parade Britney around on her knees in bondage gear and on a leash…also didn't force her face into her crotch.HUGE differenceIf I want to watch a self absorbed male simulate oral sex with another male, or female for that matter, I'll go to the local porn shop.  Don't sneak it into my house under the guise of a music awards show.

  99. 99

    I love how you can bitch about Miley Cyrus' performances, which while yes they are rather risque at times, she has yet to simulate oral sex on stage.

    My question is, if his music was that fucking good, why resort to cheap tricks such as this? THIS type of crap is why I don't like these idiots like Lambert, and Lady Gaga. It's about the flash and the pomp, not the music. I'm all for a good show, trust me. but this is downright attention whoreish.

  100. amish says – reply to this


    1500? Is that all?

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