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CBS Avoiding Legal Woes By Blurring Images

CBS Avoiding Legal Woes By Blurring Images

The possibility of legal action is what caused The Early Show on CBS to blur images of Adam Lambert's controversial performance on Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson for CBS told Extra.com that the the decision to blur Lambert simulating oral sex with a dancer and kissing a keyboardist — while not blurring another controversial awards show kiss between Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera — came after a lot of deliberation.

"We gave this some real thought," the rep said. "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."

However, Advocate senior editor Jeremy Kinser, who was interviewed by Extra, said the oral sex move may have been a bit much, but the kissing was innocuous.

"I think there's obviously a double standard when it comes to gay male entertainers," Kinser told Extra.com. "It's ridiculous they can show two women but can't show two men. I think it makes them look kind of silly. That's what's so ironic: They decided to put him on after Good Morning America canceled him, and they seem really hypocritical to blur the moment that has everybody talking."

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