Adam Lambert: People Aren't Used to Seeing a Sexual "Gay Man" on TV

Entertainment Dec. 1, 2009 AT 10:20AM
Adam Lambert: People Aren't Used to Seeing a Sexual "Gay Man" on TV Credit: Warner Bros.

Among the people who weren't thrilled with Adam's Lambert's controversial American Music Awards performance: His dad.

"My dad was like, 'Maybe you should apologize, Adam,'" he says on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday "I was like, "You know, dad, I don't feel like I did anything wrong. It just wasn't maybe the right judgment call. It's a taste thing more than an obscenity thing. I think it's just a taste level.'"

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During his performance, he smooched another guy, simulated oral sex and flipped off the audience, Looking back, "maybe that wasn't the best first impression to make again," Lambert, 27, says. "I mean, I had fun up there, I had a good time, my dancers had fun and the band had fun."

Still, he said he felt people walked away from his performance "feeling disrespected. I would never intend to disrespect anybody. So that was not my intention."

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He said that "people aren't used to seeing gay man portrayed that way on TV. The gay male image in the media tends to be very cliche and safe ... I think I got up there and put more energy ... I was putting on a character, putting on a persona, being this kind of rock star, kind of dangerous kind of guy. After seeing one of my favorites Lady Gaga tear it apart on stage ... I don't know something came over me, and I got caught up in the moment and maybe went a little too far."

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As for being canceled on ABC's Good Morning America, Lambert says he isn't upset at the network.

"I don't blame them," he says. "They gave me a great opportunity to close the AMAs, and I would never want to smack that gift horse in the mouth. I think they were taking a leap of faith having me do that, and it unfortunately didn't work out as we all thought it would."

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