BY Jon Barrett
November 24 2009 3:15 PM ET
COMMENTARY: For years now my friends and I have joked that GMA stands for Gay Morning America rather than Good Morning America. I’m not sure if that’s because it’s not uncommon to see at least two of the show’s hosts on the ferry out to Fire Island or because GMA has notoriously been good on “our issues.” Just last week, for example, the show featured a terrific interview with Chaz Bono, who explained to Chris Cuomo — and all of America — that gender is “between your ears, not between your legs.”
But now GMA has jumped headfirst into the debate that has consumed pop culture-loving Americans this past week: Is Adam Lambert too gay (or, if you ask some, not gay enough)? And the show’s producers have come down definitively on the side of “too gay,” canceling the singer’s concert, which was scheduled to air live on the show Wednesday morning. According to TVNewser, GMA’s decision was based on Lambert’s Sunday night appearance at the American Music Awards, where he made out and simulated oral sex with another man on stage. “Given his controversial live performance on the AMAs, we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning,” an ABC spokesman told TVNewser.
Just as ABC’s decision to protect its morning audiences from Lambert’s homosexual high jinks reeks of hypocrisy, so too does the network’s decision to edit out portions of his Sunday night performance for its West Coast feed. If it weren’t for provocative performances like his, awards shows like the American Music Awards would be snoozefests. Lambert, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna are lifeblood for these shows — and producers probably peed themselves when Glambert pushed the envelope. By editing the West Coast version of the show, they got the best of both worlds — publicity from the live show and supposed moral standing for the edited one.
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