Adam Lambert Not Sorry for Simulating Oral Sex at AMAs
Adam Lambert is making no apologies for his racy performance during Sunday's American Music Awards.
While closing the show with his new single "For Your Entertainment," the American Idol alum, 27, simulated fellatio with a male dancer, kissed male keyboardist Tommy Ratliff, grabbed his crotch and flipped off the crowd. (According to Rolling Stone, Lambert didn't clear the kiss with anyone in advance; he told CNN the smooch happened "in the moment.")
His performance was edited for the west coast feed of the awards show.
"You know honestly, if I offended some people... it's apples and oranges. I'm not an artist that does things for every single person," he told Access Hollywood. "I believe in artistic freedom and expression, I believe in honoring the lyrics of a song, and those lyrics aren't really for everybody either."
He also said he considered editing his performance "discrimination."
"There's a big double standard, female pop artists have been doing things provocative like that for years, and the fact that I'm a male, and I'll be edited and discriminated against could be a problem," he explained.
Added Lambert, "People are scared and it's really sad, I just wish people could open their minds up and enjoy things, it's all for a laugh, it's really not that big of a deal."
Still, some fans and celebs don't agree.
"Did Adam Lambert just grind some dude's head in his crotch... TO MY NIECE... GO TO BED NOW!" The View's Sherri Shepherd Twittered. "And did Adam Lambert slip the tongue to one of his dancers???? Whoa... Celibate woman here... turning off TV now..."
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