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GLAADs Barrios Admits He Screwed Up Lambert vs ABC


GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios sat down with Sirius XM host Michelangelo Signorile Tuesday and accepted responsibility for the group's handling of the Adam Lambert-ABC controversy and criticism that the group aligned itself with the network in a joint statement that excused ABC for removing him from an appearance on Good Morning America following his controversial American Music Awards performance.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released statement after statement in an attempt to distance itself from the original joint statement, which appeared to give ABC a free pass: "It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC's decision."

Now Barrios admits the situation was handled poorly and tells Signorile that the original statement was "problematic." But he goes on to take credit for a partial victory the following day -- news that Lambert would appear in a pretaped segment on The View and Barbara Walters's 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 special.

Signorile says it's a good start, but it's not enough, and that "GLAAD has a long way to go in explaining what happened here and also its larger mission."

Listen to the segment here and decide for yourself.

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