Lambert had kissed his male keyboardist at the AMAs.
Adam Lambert weighed in on Lil Nas X’s kiss at Sunday’s BET Awards.
“I thought it was hot,” the American Idol finalist told Billboard after the rapper locked his lips on stage with one of his male dancers. “I think he’s definitely the gay pop star who is in 2021 – he’s bold, he’s controversial, he’s pushing the boundaries. That’s what we want our pop stars to do. It’s just taken so long to get there. let it be gay. “
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Lambert was asked what he thought of the “Monetero (Call Me By Your Name)” singer’s gesture as he received a major backlash for kissing his male keyboardist at the 2009 American Music Awards. from conservative critics in an uproar for his kiss, it wasn’t much compared to Lambert’s public whipping.
“I was taken off ABC for a little while,” Lambert explained. “They were panicked, they had groups of Christian parents writing, panicked censors. What I found so funny was like ‘Censors? That’s a kiss! When was that indecent?’
When “Good Morning America” canceled Lambert’s appearance the day after the kiss, another morning show interviewed him and showed a clip of Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera at the VMAs a few years before. The program then played Lambert’s Kiss with its keyboardist, adding censors to their mouths.
“I just remember thinking it was the biggest slap in the face – it’s like that proved my point! It’s so crazy to me that this double standard was so blatant and obvious, where two women kissing weren’t indecent, but two men kissing was. “
Although Lambert never apologized, he said he had to “follow the line a bit” because he was just starting his career and the culture was less tolerant at the time. Now he thinks the public has come enough forward to accept someone as outspoken as Lil Nas X.
“Two men kissing is kind of old news,” Lambert said. “Of course there are still a lot of issues, and there is still a lot of work to be done, but I think for a lot of people we are past the shock and alien nature of seeing gay representation in action.”
“There is so much goodwill for someone like him, and I’m just happy that I can have the prospect of appreciating it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Madonna received a backlash for her own reaction to Lil Nas X’s performance. Taking to her Instagram, she shared a photo of Lil Nas X’s kiss above a photo of her kiss with Britney and Christina, captioned “#diditfirst”.
“Madonna runs to make herself the moment of every queer celebrity,” one reviewer tweeted, while another posted, “Imagine being that great ally (?) Not a fitting metaphor for ALLYSHIP.”