Adam Lambert, GLAAD and others blasted by “ballistic” publisher of South Florida Gay News
Gee, I’m sure glad I don’t work for this guy!
The publisher of South Florida Gay News says he went ‘ballistic’ when he found out his staff had featured an interview with Adam Lambert on the cover of the newspaper while he was on leave.
The story, which broke the news that Lambert and his boyfriend had broken up, went viral and caused the paper’s website to repeatedly crash due to the surge in traffic.
‘Seeing him on the cover of our newspaper a few weeks ago made my partner and me puke,’ writes publisher Norm Kent in a new column. ‘Other than feature new makeup every day, what has this kid done to warrant a cover story?’
He adds: ‘Four years of publishing the Express Gay News, and four years into South Florida Gay News, and the story that takes down our website is Adam Lambert’s breakup with his boyfriend? This is unreal. How shallow have we become?’
The publisher also takes aim at GLAAD for deciding to present Lambert with the Davidson/Valentini Award at its San Francisco ceremony on 11 May. The award is given to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community.
Writes Kent: ‘Give me a break. This award is presented to whoever can fill the seats and make money for GLAAD at its annual fundraising dinner. … GLAAD is sucking off that publicity and fame to line their own pockets, instead of choosing someone worthy of that award. GLAAD needs to get its priorities straight. Stop awarding celebrities and acknowledge the unheralded champions of justice that fight the good fight for LGBT justice everyday. There are many out there.’
Okay, so Kent has said his piece and is entitled to his opinion. But this is all a bit over the top, don’t you think? You wonder if he may have alienated more than a few people – especially Adam Lambert fans!
The Glamberts will make themselves heard on this one!