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Fans of Adam Lambert and gay advocates applauded the CBS Early Show when they booked the American Idol runner-up after Good Morning America nixed him from their concert schedule. But their warm-and-fuzzy feelings quickly faded after he was introduced on Wednesday's show.
Many were not pleased by CBS' decision to blur out Adam's controversial gay kiss from his American Music Awards performance because in the same introduction segment they showed the infamous same-sex kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears from the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
The New York Times blog, ArtsBeat, reports that the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and an editor from gay magazine The Advocate, called CBS onto the carpet for what they said was a "double-standard." GLAAD president, Jarrett Barrios, pointed out that "CBS regularly shows kisses throughout” its daytime programming and that “the kiss was not blurred on ABC nor in news coverage on other networks.”
Jeremy Kinser, the arts and entertainment editor at The Advocate, said that editing out Adam's kiss only served to make CBS look "silly" and "hypocritical."
In an attempt to explain their censorship of Lambert's kiss, a spokesperson for the Early Show said the Madonna-Britney liplock is "very familiar" and has appeared "countless times" on morning television." The rep added that Lambert's kiss is "a subject of great current controversy" that "has not been nearly as widely disseminated" and "may still lead to legal consequences.”
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