Why Madonna may kiss on TV, and Lambert not

The American Music Awards 2009 were one of the most interesting ones lately, and one of the most memorable moments was certainly Adam Lambert's controversial appearance. The "American Idol" runner-up gave an edgy, highly-commented performance. And to make it all more fun, CBS television network - censored it!
He proceeded to gyrate against back-up singers and kiss a male band member. Throw in some S&M imagery and a bit of simulated sex. Lambert said he's not sorry for his performance.

On Wednesday's Early Show appearance by Lambert, producers blurred the singer's open-mouth kiss with a male keyboardist during his controversial performance at Sunday's AMAs. Seconds later, an undistorted clip of Madonna smooching Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV VMAs ran. What gives? A CBS rep explained the decision to Extratv:
"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."
Jarrett Barrios, President of GLAAD, called the edits "an unfortunate double standard that is applied to openly gay performers. I would have hoped that CBS would provide the same treatment for images of gay and lesbian people and not create an unfair double standard that treats our community differently."

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