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Breakfast w/Greg: CBS Early Show shows double standard by blurring Adam Lambert kiss

'The Early Show' is defending its decision to blur out the kiss between Adam Lambert and a bandmate when airing a clip of his AMA performance.

'The Early Show,' however, doesn't have a problem playing footage of Madonna and Britney Spears snogging.Good morning!

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine was superb and I’m looking forward to having some leftovers for lunch!

I’m still with family in OC but heading back to LA this afternoon to see Kathy Griffin tonight at the Universal Ampitheatre.

I. Can’t. Wait!

So I wrote on Wednesday about Adam Lambert’s non-controversial appearance on CBS Early Show. It’s caused some controversy that has nothing to do with Adam himself: CBS blurred the image of Adam kissing a band member when they replayed the clip of his American Music Awards performance.

But the program did show Madonna and Britney Spears sharing a kiss from their famous lip-lock from several years back.

So why the double standard?

EW.com quotes a spokesman for The Early Show as explaining: “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.”
The Adam Lambert Blurred-Kiss Controversy

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios was quick to blast CBS: “‘The Early Show’s’ decision this morning to blur Adam Lambert’s kiss from the American Music Awards reinforces an unfortunate double standard that is applied to openly gay performers.”

I think CBS looks really bad for blurring the Lambert kiss and showing the girl kiss. The oral sex simulation is Adam’s performance was probably blur-worthy but certainly not the kiss!

While Adam has not commented on CBS’s blurring of his kiss but he did talk to Entertainment Tonight about ABC canceling his scheduled appearance on Good Morning America which is why he ended on The Early Show in the first place: “ABC did what they needed to do,” he told ET. “I respect their decision. They probably have a lot of politics going on behind the scenes that I don’t know about. I just want to do a concert and sing. I’m glad that we got to give a show to the fans who came out. A lot of them traveled to New York so I’m glad that they got a show. That’s what matters.”Meanwhile, “Early Show” reporter Maggie Rodriguez said she found Lambert to be very mature and didn’t understand why he wouldn’t be invited to explain his side of the story.

“I think it was a no-brainer to have him on to answer to his critics, which he did in a very forthcoming way this morning,” she told ET. “He was unapologetic, but at the same time admitted that he got carried away and that he’s learned from the experience, which I thought was very mature.”

Another note on GMA: While they were afraid Adam might be inappropriate on their show, they see fit to air an interview with the R&B singer Chris Brown who in June pleaded guilty to assaulting the singer Rihanna.

Adam also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night singing Whataya Want From Me? As far as I know, it was without incident:

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  1. Adam did comment on the blurring of the AMA kiss. Check out his interview with Michael Slezak.

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