The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said it spoke “several times” with ABC on Thursday after the network decided to cancel appearances by openly gay singer Adam Lambert, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Dick Clark’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.’”
GLAAD said it was concerned that Lambert was being held to a “double standard,” after he was criticized for his overtly sexual American Music Awards appearance, which included simulated oral sex.
But all appears to have been worked out. “It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC’s decision,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. And ABC said in a statement that that it was the fact that Lambert changed his on-air AMA performance from what he did in rehearsal, and not his “sexual orientation” that prompted concerns.