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CBS Explains Why They Blurred Adam Lambert's Kiss

CBS Explains Why They Blurred Adam Lambert's Kiss

Adam Lambert kissed his straight keyboardist Tommy Ratliff during his sexually charged American Music Awards performance on Sunday.

On a Wednesday segment during the CBS Early Show, the kiss was blurred out before showing unedited footage of Madonna and Britney Spears making out.

A rep for CBS finally has spoken up, telling Extra: “We gave this some real thought. The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated, and for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences.”

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107 Responses to “CBS Explains Why They Blurred Adam Lambert's Kiss”

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  1. 1
    bebe Says:

    MADONNA IS A STAR and he is not. He Has to pay his dues b/4 he can start kissing men on stage.

  2. 2
    Kim Says:

    LEGAL consequences? All he was doing was giving a performance.

  3. 3
    LeviKlein Says:

    I think it’s unfair. I didn’t like his performance, i thought he tried too hard instead of simply giving a show, but that’s not a reason to be partial.
    If CBS wants to go down the censory road, why only blur Adam’s kiss and not Madonna’s?
    The kiss in itself didn’t bother me, I couldn’t care less, but I was widly annoyed by his performance. Too much drama for no real sh-t.

  4. 4
    Karen Says:

    So you can sue over a gay kiss in america? Wow

  5. 5
    Fyn Says:

    Such double standard!
    Straight men get such a kick out of women making out—–but to watch two men kiss, brings out the homophobe in the best of them.

  6. 6
    james Says:

    RUBBISH!! two girls kissing, especially if they are pretty ones, is much more socially exceptable than two guys kissing. it makes me sad to say this, being a gay guy myself. its backwards thinking that lead to the censorship of that kiss.

  7. 7
    helen w. Says:

    @bebe: oh dear would you listen to yourself?

    double standard all over. this explanation didn’t explain why madonna’s kiss was different then adam’s. what’s the difference?

  8. 8
    Pixie chick Says:


    I AGREE!!! =)

  9. 9
    cynical Says:

    You homophobic morons that like Lady Gaga know that she is bisexual right?

    Bebe – As for the Adam has to pay his dues before kissing men on stage … wtf are you a caveman born in 1950?

    Why is America so afraid of sex? Seriously America is full of hypocrisy when it’s ok for a female to kiss another female on stage and it’s shown on tv it’s not ok for 2 men. Do you really think America would televise JT kissing Eminem? No you morons.

  10. 10
    SANDMAN Says:


  11. 11
    t Says:

    regardless of who he is or isn’t as a musician it’s still unfortunate we live in such a uncomfortable bigot filled society. Who cares what person is kissing what person for 2 seconds on tv?

  12. 12
    amy Says:

    The straight guy could’ve balked at Adam kissing him and turned the other cheek so to speak!! They r both beneath me!! I dont care and Adam is just trying to promote that lifestyle. Shame on the so-called straight guy going with the flow! I guess Adam will give him a “bonus” for unexpectedly having to kiss Adam………..SO REPULSIVE!!

  13. 13
    katie Says:

    the kiss was fine with me I just didn’t like the face in the crotch thing. but i bet they knew this would happen and now everyone is talking about him.

  14. 14
    truth teller Says:

    Boy on boy sex is yucky.

  15. 15
    Diva Says:

    Sue him!

  16. 16
    aeg Says:

    gee, he almost ate the guy’s face

  17. 17
    El Says:

    As much as I hated his performance for just not being good at all in the sense that he was lacking talent, I have to give him some respect for stirring things up a bit. He’s brought out the clear and obvious discrimination, and as a result debates will be had, and people will keep on talking about it, until hopefully one day we get rid of the ridiculous discrimination and double standards we’ve set in place.

    CBS’ explanation on why they didn’t blur out the madonna/britney kiss is absolutely ridiculous. To say because a certain image is more well-known it is more acceptable doesn’t make any sense. The fact of the matter is they are afraid to see two men kissing. People are afraid of two men showing affection, and that is a sad thing.

  18. 18
    BBoy Says:

    This guy is giving gay men the bad name. He’s doing all this to get more sales for his album, which sucks by the way. Concentrate on making better music and less tryin’ to “shock” America.

  19. 19
    Hannah Says:

    this is sexism, and hypocrisy at its very best, or worst shall i say. Women are sex objects, men are not…especially if it is with each other, that is what society is saying. i don’t know why it matters to these crazy people freaking out though, they didn’t show any graphic body parts, and honestly the crotch thing, britney, madonna, christina, all do it. and the kiss. and they are so worried about their kids. why? if you don’t want them seeing it turn it off, but explain to me why it is a problem? are you afraid it will turn you child gay? then you’d have to either accept that it is normal and natural or that you are a bad parent because your child is “deviant”.

    get used to it, people, the majority of people 18-29 approve of gay marriage and thus the gay lifestyle. gay kisses are only going to continue, and become more common.

  20. 20
    moka Says:

    eww >!!
    i don’t like him at all..
    did u see the cover of his new cd….i mean we know he’s gay but seriously??…ugh!

  21. 21
    Summer Says:

    IMO people didn’t make a big deal about the Madonna and Britney kiss because it was more like a peck than a full on kiss. Adam’s was more like a makeout session. Do I think it’s fair? NO, but thats the way society is. The thing about the performance was that he took it to far. I am fine with the kiss but the face in the crotch was so unnessecary. His vocals were terrible, the dancing was even worse. Even without the kiss and the fake BJ, the performance was terrible IMO. There was nothing good about it. But I don’t think he should be getting criticized for a kiss, maybe the fake BJ but not a kiss.

  22. 22
    Endrys Says:

    what the hell?… that´s unfair, i mean why people can´t accept him like he is!…Soo to me it was just a performance and yes it could be a little bad for him for doing it but i think people dont care about the fact of his performance people care about his sexual preference and that is a discrimination …I like so much Adam as a singer and i enjoy his personality a lot and i don´t judge him for his preference we don´t even have to judge anyone that is part of God´s work, the only thing i care about is his talent…. And nobody can deny that he has it… i support him!

  23. 23
    Pandora Says:

    @James # 6. You’re right. I think the reason two girls making out is deemed acceptable is because we live in a straight man’s world. I’m female and I don’t care if the two girls are pretty or not. I don’t get off on it. It does nothing for me. OTOH, I think it’s the height of sexy to see two guys kissing, etc.

    Adam doesn’t give a flying fig what is or is not socially sanctioned. He knows what he’s coming up against and this won’t be the last time. I like that he’s so comfortable w/ his sexuality and I like that it makes others *uncomfortable* because it underscores the fact that we are a society of hypocrites.

  24. 24
    Hannah Says:

    and El i agree, since when does the number of views make something more acceptable. there are certainly p0rnos that have had more viewers than other images, does that make them more acceptable? no…what a cheap lie, at least admit your bigotry CBS!

  25. 25
    LuckyL Says:

    Only women are allowed to be reduced into sex objects, viewed simply for pleasure, and subhuman. We can’t dare reduce a man to that, oh God, how terrible of us if we do. And throw in the rampant homophobia of society in generally and you had an especially explosive mix. Whatever, his career isn’t ending, sorry haters.

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