Adam Lambert’s Scarlet Letter: What’s the Meaning of It? **VIDEO JUST ADDED**

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We’ve seen the “glammorific” costumes that Adam performs in on his Glam Nation Tour. While they’re something beautiful to behold, the way they compliment his eyes, his style, his body (okay Carol, let’s not get carried away here!) have you given thought to the meaning, if any?

***JUST ADDED: Adam included a tour through his wardrobe on the VH1 Posted series video below. Although he talked about the A as the “running theme of the show” he didn’t let on any meaning. But there sure was a smile behind the words!

Surely there has to be something behind the letter A that adorns the opening number top hat and back of the vest he wears later in segment three of his show. Is it merely a case of branding? I don’t think so. Other than his tattoos, I don’t see Adam sticking to any one visual – he’s too much about change. Is it ego? Nah, we’ve never seen any sign of topside inflation from this magnificent showman. But still, there has to be something there. Nothing happens by accident. And why the color red? I know it crossed my mind immediately that it was a Scarlet Letter. But what “indiscretion” was it referring to? I came upon the following explanation on another site and was really entertained by it. The article was posted by NoAngel, but I don’t know if that’s the author. I hope it gets you thinking too!

~ Carol, Glamb #7 ~

A is for Adam.

Simple. Unless the Adam is Lambert, and the A is huge and sparkling in antique script on a top hat. In scarlet. Get it?

Okay, so I didn’t, at first. I blame sensory overload. The night of the concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was an explosion of Purple fringe! Lasers! Acoustic Aftermath! Bare feet and sultry moves and Ring of Fire, omg! And oh yeah, Adam likes to splash his initial around- cool! An “A” on the back of his vest, and his dancers’ costumes, and LP’s drum. In all the glitz and flash at the beginning of the long-anticipated Glam Nation Tour, Adam’s message to us may have been overlooked.

But something finally nudged my mind, and when it hit me, I geeked out, because seriously, I stan Adam for a hundred different reasons, but his clever, creative brain just ~does things to me. So bear with me as I look a little deeper into the symbolism of Adam’s scarlet letter.

For those who haven’t read the novel since forced at exam-point to do so in high school, the abridged/nutshell version of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 classic The Scarlet Letter: Hester Prynne is a young woman sent to colonial Boston by her husband. For years, she waits for him to join her, and when he doesn’t, has an affair with another man. Discovered, she is imprisoned, and once released, is forced to wear a bright red “A” (for adultery) on her dress, marking her as a sinner. She lives quietly on the outskirts of town and over time, she comes to embrace the letter, and even to wear it proudly. She decorates it in gold thread, and refuses to remove it even when given permission to do so. The meaning of the letter itself changes, and many townspeople, who have come to respect Hester, come to believe it stands for “able.”

In the novel, Hester was judged by her community as a sinner and forced to wear a label of her shame. Her offense: she defied the rules and dared to be a sexual being. She could have sunk down under the punishment and let it defeat her. She could have left town and hidden her identity. Instead, she stayed, and through her suffering, she gained insight and wisdom and strength of character. She did not deny who she was or what she had done, and through her quiet courage, turned a label of shame into a badge of honor.
So what does all this have to do with Adam? What was the crime that Adam committed?

He defied the rules and dared to be a sexual being. Gifted with the closing number on the 2009 American Music Awards, he gave an unabashedly sexual performance, sending conservatives into a tailspin and provoking 1500 of them to release their pearls long enough to set righteously trembling fingers to keyboards and write half-coherent letters of outrage to the FCC. Because for some “Americans,” gay is a-okay as long as it’s subtle and asexual, but when it’s “in your face,” the children are evidently at risk.
Adam’s sin was that, right from the beginning, he refused to be neutered. “I’m a sexual person,” he has said unapologetically, and at the AMAs he gave an overtly sexy performance befitting a sexy song. Something that no out gay male had ever done before on national prime-time television. His punishment was swift. Cancelled performances, a media storm, outcry from all sides.
At least Adam had the support of the gay community after the AMAs, right? After all, Aaron Hicklin of Out Magazine had just publicly exhorted Adam to “find [his] own path,” to not be afraid of being “too gay,” and to “not mess this up.” “This” being the pioneering path that Adam was charting as the first major-label recording artist to be out at the beginning of his career. Unfortunately, the gay community was far from unanimously supportive after the AMAs, and it took GLAAD a dishearteningly long time to speak out on his behalf against ABC. Many in the LGBT community fretted that Adam’s over-the-top behavior had set back years of hard-won progress. So apparently the advice to Adam to find his own path actually meant, “tread carefully down this narrow safe road we’ve defined, so you don’t freak out the straights with the idea of gay sex…”

And Adam’s fanbase? As devoted as they are, even some of his most ardent fans wrung their hands in fear over the career implications of the AMA furor. To this day, the performance sparks fierce debate among Adam’s fans, with many proclaiming it a travesty and an anomaly. They are quick to explain that it isn’t “The Kiss” or the simulated oral sex that they object to, but rather they hate that Adam was “threatening,” “angry,” and “uncontrolled” on stage. Never mind that the words (“Can you handle what I’m ’bout to do? Cause it’s about to get rough for you…”) suggest that this isn’t a pretty love song. Clearly, many fans are uncomfortable with an Adam that is sexually aggressive, and prefer a softer edge.

In the days following the AMAs, Adam was given many opportunities to apologize for that night. It would have been so easy for him to say, “I’m sorry” or “I shouldn’t have done what I did.” Forgive me, I fucked up, I’ll never do it again, I promise I’ll be good…

Instead, Adam owned what he did on that stage. To one and all he claimed it as his performance, his emotions, and his interpretation of the song. He weathered the backlash and the anger from foes and friends alike with class and dignity. Recently, Adam has spoken of the anxiety and pressure he felt in those days, when he wondered if he had ruined his chances of success. But all we saw back then was his grace under fire as he asked us all to consider ‘what do we want from him?’

Not a question with an easy answer. Naturally, those of us who love Adam and wish him success have many opinions about how he should go about his career. There are those who want OTT Adam- as much flash and glitter as possible; more is more, and screw those who can’t handle it. Others want Adam to tread more lightly- build his fanbase by appealing to a wider audience, and gradually introduce them to his brand of glam without freaking them out. For every person who loves out-and-proud Adam, there is at least one who would rather not have his sexuality “shoved down their throat,” a turn of phrase that makes one wonder about the fantasies these folks spin in the privacy of their own heads.
Consider also the fact that Adam came to national attention through American Idol, and many of his fans are devotees of the show. This is a program that celebrates the Cinderella story, wherein a wide-eyed, talented nobody is plucked from obscurity and gifted with fame and fortune. American Idol watchers like their contestants wholesome and humble and malleable. Smart and opinionated? No thanks. Openly gay and sexual? Not so much. Clay Aiken, anyone?

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote that “no man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without getting bewildered as to which one may be the true.” This is what Adam means when he speaks of being true to himself and being an “open book.” He could have taken a safer route, either by keeping his sexuality ambiguous until he was well-established in his career, or by airbrushing his gay so as not to offend the fainthearted. But Adam has continued to be unabashedly himself. A man of many facets, Adam has shown us his vulnerability and earnestness when a song calls for it. And when the song and the setting is sexy, Adam brings on the sexy, whether it’s a feverishly hot performance at Rock My Town, or rocking a studded codpiece at Sydney’s Mardi Gras, or trading sensual licks with Tommy on tour.
So what about that “A”? It could stand for the AMAs. For Adam’s sin. For the two-dimensional label that so many were eager to attach to him, and the storyline that people seemed so ready to write: A fallen Idol who failed to live up to the hype and who failed to stay in the safe little box. Nearly every interview and article, to this day, is another opportunity for that scarlet letter to be branded onto Adam yet again. Lest we forget.

Instead, that “A” stands for Adam. “It’s me, I’m a freak…” Adam shows us that he is in charge of his own identity, and thus in control of his destiny. Rather than apologizing for the past or pretending that it didn’t happen, Adam accepts and embraces it as a part of himself. Recognizing that the AMA performance will be attached to him for some time to come, he brings up the reference himself, with a wink and a dash of glitter.

By placing the scarlet “A” front and center on his top hat and wearing it at the beginning of his concert, Adam tells us that he is unashamed of his debut performance, or of his sexuality, or of being a sexual person. The “A” becomes a mark of pride. Adam has walked through the fire and come out stronger than ever. And just as Hester gilded her letter and made it into a sign of her own strength, Adam has taken what some have called his “sin” and through the catalyst of his own character, transformed it into a symbol of honor.

So yes, as it turns out, A is for Adam.

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)

Comments

  1. Lila - glamb #3 says:

    I love that Adam stands for what he believes and didn’t apologize for his performance. He’s a very strong man and isn’t that one of the reasons we all love him?

    • Penny Curtis says:

      AGREED…

      • One of the things Adam stands for is integrity.

        NoAngelPF created this wondrous “Scarlett Letter” article.

        Praising it and linking to it at its home GlamazingRace.blogspot.com would have been full of integrity. Otherwise, it’s not clear this is original material from another source.

        No doubt just an oversight. But we fans must support and honor each other’s True Voice while we honor Adam’s,

  2. funnibunni says:

    Carol,
    I know Adam uses his favorite colors in all of his costumes…Black,Blue, and now we’re seeing his other favorite colors….Purple and Red (Red “A’) . Way back when he was first interviewed after the American Idol Finale he was asked what he was going to do with his money. He said he was going to buy a home and decorate it. And one of the rooms was going to be decorated in purple and red
    with lots of pillows and low lights. Thats just a thought….That sounds like Adam… This is just something that I have remembered from an interview. In Adam’s Fans eyes he has done no wrong and will never do wrong…! We love him…!!!
    Thank you for your meaning of the Red Letter “A”. Its has alot of food for thought…

  3. Beautifully written!

    Thank you Carol for sharing it with us.

    I’m getting ready to see Adam tonight at the Chesaning Showboat Music Festival. We’re hoping it doesn’t get rained out! It’s not a Glam Nation performance, but it’s still Adam – and there will be 6,600 people there – so still fantastic to see Adam, Ori and Allison!

    Still, can’t miss seeing Glam Nation, so going to Covington, KY Aug 30 – my tickets arrived today! Can’t wait!

    Thanks again for the great essay! Loved it!
    Tag

    • Penny Curtis says:

      ADAM WAS AWESOME LAST NIGHT AND THE RAIN DIDN`T START TILL AFTER THE ENCORE. i CAN`T EVEN DESCRIBE THE LASER LIGHT SHOW, THE COSTUMES, THE BRILLANCE WHICH IS ADAM LAMBERT..I WAS BLOWN AWAY. I FELT SO BAD FOR HIM CAUSE IT WAS SO HUMID AND HE JOKED ” I FEEL LIKE I JUST JUMPED IN THE RIVER BACK THERE”, I THINK HIS MAKE-UP WAS STARTING TO RUN..LOL….THE GIRLS WERE GOOD ALSO. I`M GETTING MY PICTURES DEVELOPED TODAY AND WILL GET THEM AND SOME VIDEOS UP AS SOON AS I CAN.:)

  4. Yes, I cried. We’re of the same age yet I only possess an ounce, a mere ounce, of his strength & ability to live brave. In this world where people are condemned for loving another whilst many are loved for condemning others, he chose to stand firm & remain true. More than his singing & his showmanship & his personality… His character is why he is & will always be MY idol.

    • Princessshakeitup says:

      Very well said! Live bravely and we all will live with a little more confidence and charachter because of Adam.
      You’re beautiful!

  5. Yes, NoAngel from Planet Fierce is the author. Very interesting! Thanks for re-posting it!

    • Suse1701 says:

      Thank you, Lina!! Yes, I know in the age of the Internet, things get passed around, but due diligence in posting the original link and source is ALWAYS professional/artistic/common sense courtesy.

      Here is the original source and the author is my very good friend @NoAngelPF.

      http://glamazingrace.blogspot.com/

      Thanks for correcting that!!

      aka SusieFierce

  6. DellaD Glamb #39 says:

    How bizarre! I never read the Scarlett Letter in school, but just a week ago downloaded it onto my Nook to read later this summer because I’ve often wondered what it was about. Now I MUST read it ASAP!!! Very nice article! Thank you so much for sharing it!!! YOU GO ADAM!!!

  7. charlotte says:

    As always, Adam’s fans show their intelligence and ability to think and write extremely well. I hope we will hear from Adam, in his own words, perhaps at an interview, the true meaning of the letter A in his performance. Of course, I have always associated the Scarlet Letter with the book but now I have something new to excite my brain—thanks.

  8. There is an old saying, there is no such thing as bad publicity. The AMA happened well over a year ago and we are still talking about it and Adam. Not at the time but now I think it was the best thing Adam could have done and the class act way he handled the controvery. Who else has had a single preformance we are still talking about only Adam. It is hard to argue with his success.

    • Can you believe it? The AMAs were in November….just a short 8 months ago. I agree with you. While I loved his performances and glory in his talent, he earned my admiration in the aftermath of the AMAs. What we saw was courage, personal integrity, accountability and class. Now I value him as a badly needed icon with an important message for us all. What a wonderful combination of elements he is! Intelligent, creative beyond measure, talented, good looking, candid, articulate, generous, sincere, funny, vulnerable, worldly wise and sweetly naive.
      I just read an article (sorry, I can’t remember the author) who described him as an ALPHA MALE.

      YEAH! TOTALLY! An Alpha Male in diamonds! The “A” suits that in him as well.

      What fun it is to be an Adam fan!

      • Hi kc and e3fan both of you said it perfectly !! the other thing that performance did was make us so very protective of our beautiful boy !!! Yes it is a joyous world with Adam in it !!!

        • Absolutely !!! You told his story beautifully. The first time I saw the Glittery, Scarlett A on his Top Hat; I thought of the story mentioned above. You Nailed it…..And thank you for doing it so eloquently.

  9. AdamFetish says:

    I LOVE this article! Adam should never say sorry for who he is…and he hasn’t. I think he is one of the sexiest people on earth! I never thought that I would like seeing 2 guys kiss….well, I was wrong! Give me more Adam and Tommy; I can’t get enough!

    Thanks for sharing.

    • They would make a good couple…Tommy says he is straight unless new news has come out. 🙂 Time will telllll…

  10. I am SOOOOOO glad that I am not the only one that thought of the Scarlet Letter! When the Glam Nation tour began, I saw a picture of Adam in the top hat with a red “A” on it and burst out laughing. I just love how smart Adam is! I immediately thought how clever he was to unabashedly wear his scarlet letter, embracing his sexuality and all of his choices as an individual. What I respect most about Adam is how he OWNS who he is. He accepts responsibility for his actions and respects that some people strongly disagree with his choices. So, damn him to eternal GLAMNATION if you will, but he will go there with an open heart and mind, and a Cheshire Cat smile on his face. And, I will be smiling right along with him.

    • cheryl 334 says:

      AMANDA………………………..There will be about the same in heaven as GLAMNATION – or, may I say, ‘exactly’.

  11. kat23morg says:

    I am whole heartedly in support of Adam. I think his AMA performance was just great…like him…I wish he had better vocals…but as with many who were on stage that night…he and they said the acoustics were terrible…they were getting no feedback..ie. they could not hear themselves…which they need to…Hell no..Adam does not need to apoligize…Did anyone ask Britney and Madonna to apoligize..did anyone ask any other rock stars who have done racey things on stage…let’s go down the list…Van Halen, Prince, KISS, Aerosmith, Mick Jagger…not….the only reason people had a cow was because he is gay…It is ok to be gay according to these people…just do not act gay in front of us…Please…no one complained about Janet Jackson grabbing her male dancer by the crotch from behind and holding on for about 5 seconds at 8:30pm when all the young children were awake…No one complained when on NY eve J Lo did the same crotch in the face with a male dancer….on national TV…give us a break…Not to mention the countless Hip Hop and R & B stars who get out on stage and do all sorts of explicit dancing with their pants below their rear end…with girls in nothing but basically underwear…remember Fergie in her Teddy and heels on same show…The people who complain must think we have no memory and are stupid…..The simple fact is he scares bigots…they know they are wrong…they know he is the kind of talent that is rare…and they can not stand it……Excuse the misspells here too

    • AMEN kat23morg! Could not agree more.
      To all the judges, questioners, haters and phobes: maybe…finally….nuff said!

  12. Dam, that is a good article. I wish I had the talent to express myself the way the author does. Loved the short VH1 Posted clip…. cause it’s voodoo, voodoo. Saw Adam in concert in Cleveland last Friday , it was such a great time! Trying to get to another show soon! Scalpers here I come.

  13. Mary-Ellen #444 says:

    Really well written article; love the thoughts behind it! Whether we love or didn’t love that particular performance, all of us agree in our love for Adam. I truly admire his honesty and refusal to sweep that performance under the rug – as he has said that was just one performance among so many! One thing I am constantly reminded of by my obsession with Adam is I have no right to judge others; working on myself is quite enough to handle! Anyone who thinks they know what Adam’s about from that one performance is so wrong. This article points out once again what a complex character he has. What a joy for all of us to watch the incredible ride his career is going to be. His real talent and his desire to be true to himself will create a career to be reckoned with!

  14. Victoria says:

    That was beautifully written! Thank you. Adam is so intelligent; “The Scarlet Letter” hidden meaning
    makes perfect sense. Maybe he’ll confirm someday. 🙂

  15. cheryl 334 says:

    CAROLHAGEY……………………….This article excites me, also. It is VERY interesting. I zeroed-in on the novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’ immediately. Not b/c I am so smart, but, I’m thinking it is b/c that was the ONLY book I read from cover to cover in my senior yr of h.s.! Oh, I did most of my homework thruout school, but only to the extend of being on the “A-List” (no pun intended) 🙂 ! I did pretty well in school and on thru college. But to show how naive I can be, I thought everyone, or almost everyone, just got the connection of the novel.

    So do I think “A” stands just for “Adam”? Of course not!! Adam is NOT shallow enough not to realize the importan ce of wearing the letter “A” on his hat and clothing and everywhere else it is in his performance! He, of course, does it for a REASON, THAT IS ADAM.

    Thank you for bringing this article to us!!!! ADAM=PERFECTION, GENIUS,LOVE plus all of the positive adjectives he has been adorned with! Naieve is NOT one of them, tho:)

    Love-Peace-Light-Truth-Fun-Hapiness 4 ADAM………………..

    • I absolutely agree with you Cheryl…Adam would not wear a glittery scarlet A to represent Adam; there would have had to be a hidden meaning to that. If I ever get the opportunity to meet him, I will ask him if we are right in our assumption of the Scarlet Letter. Such a smart, intelligent and deep human being; he is an old soul; young but with the utmost of experience.

      • cheryl 334 says:

        MOSKI…………………….You nailed it! Adam is an ‘old soul’. No doubt about that! I held his ands,both at the same time, and talked to him, and afterward could lthink of so many things I could have said, but did not know I was going to be so lucky to spend a couple min. with him……………….sign……………………….thud!

  16. Thank You Carol for giving us even another insight into our WONDERFUL WORLD WE CALL ADAM LAMBERT!! I truly love Adam and all of his many sides (and I know there’s more to come, how exciting) and I’m so proud to be a fan. He truly brings joy into my life in so many ways. I get to see him in three days and I can hardly wait to see the Red Letter A!!!!!!! Thanks for all of you wonderful people who made this fan club such a wonderful place to share our love for Adam. Glambs# 640 AdamsLady Forever

    • cheryl 334 says:

      ELLY………………………Don’t say you weren’t warned……be advised you are about to be ADAMIZED to which there i no known cure!:):)

      Love-Peace-Light-Truth-Fun-Happiness 4 Adam and all his soon to be billions of fans…….!

      • cheryl 334 says:

        ELLY……….Almost forgot – have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Princessshakeitup says:

          Cheryl, baby, you and I had better hope they never start charging us for exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glam # 601 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • cheryl 334 says:

            PRINCESS…………………………….You are so right! But, I have no doubt, we’sd gladly pay it if we had to take on another job, cuz with Adam, it is impossible not to use as many exclamation marks as we dare! :))

            We need to ‘keep the love alive’ on our part, as everyone does what they “have” to! Ha!

            Peace & Love 2 ya!

  17. Bye the way Adam, I already have my purple and red room which happens to have six pictures of you and more on the way lol! Glamb# 640 AdamsLady Forever

  18. Carol you are a wonderful writer and I really enjoyed the article….Wish I could write like that but just can’t…Thank you, it was very enjoyable……

    • cmhagey says:

      Thanks Peggy, but I didn’t write it. I wish I did, but all I did was write the intro and pass the rest on to you. I come up with my own original articles every now and then!
      Carol

  19. glambert# 658—great article!!! perfectly said!!!

  20. I’ve read this article each time I’ve seen it posted, and it leaves me in tears every time. It is so touching and beautiful and inspiring–just like Adam! It reinforces our knowing that this beautiful creature is so much more than just an amazing singer! He is truly an icon and I’m so honored to get to see him four times this summer–next time is this Thursday in Kansas City. I guess I’ll be crying again–tears of overwhelming love and joy!!

  21. I am amazed at how positive everyone is. Such deep thoughts and comments. I still struggle with the AMA performance. I am a professional and he did not perform what he practiced. Forget the overt sexuality. For me it was not professional and he should have apologized just for that (he did on Oprah for the most part). I was so disappointed because he performed terribly. His voice was bad, he was awkward and stubbled, and he even admitted it. I thought the world would cast him aside for sure. But he did come back. I think he would have done better without the AMA debacle, but he’s doing well when you consider the obstacles. I saw his show a month ago and it was fantastic. Admittedly I would not have appreciated him kissing or licking Tommy. I’m about the singing. I know it’s my choice to watch or not and his choice to do this.

    I want him to win awards and sell records…..be the best selling Idol. I know that won’t happen but we can dream. I want him to perform on live shows. Unfortunately he won’t be on awards shows if he practices one thing and does another. Yet, I realize if he practiced what he performed, the AMAs wouldn’t have allowed it. . I’m just keeping it real mostly because I want him to succeed. Small steps……

  22. Very well written article!!! Personally, I don’t try to read anything into things. As far as the AMA’s , I was more upset with his vocals than his simulated sexual performance. I think he may have been more nervous, vocally, as this was a big deal for him. Some fans may not like the sexual side that Adam shows and all I can say to them is continue to buy his albums, enjoy, and if it makes you uncomfortable watching Adam in one of his shows, don’t attend. I can’t say that I never understood what the big deal was that some Americans were freaked out by his performance on the AMA show. There are people who will never get it. I think most of that has to do with their religious views on homosexuality. I was raised in a faith which condemns this. Hell, I graduated from that faith a long time ago. Not only do they deny the rights of homosexuals, they can’t stay out of the marriage bed, either. I could never live by their dictates.

    Adam Lambert is in charge of his own life and whatever he chooses to do in his own shows, I commend him. If the more conservative gays and heteros don’t like what he does – tough!!!
    He cannot possibly watch everything he says or does, because people won’t like it. I applaud him for his honesty from the first. Anyone who “wondered” if he was gay, on AI, was either too young, or from another planet. Hello??? The guy was wearing eyeliner, which we lovingly refer to now, as guyliner, mascara and nail polish.

    Ah, but what a lovely sight he was!! And what a voice!!! If we thought that young man was going to continue “being” who he was on AI, we had it wrong. Now, he can be himself and the fans who accept him for who and what he is, are going to be with him, all the way. I think he understands this. Can you understand why he would like to live in London?? I can. It’s the narrow thinking in our society which would make him do that. I hope he doesn’t, though. First of all, it’s too damned cold and damp and, it’s too costly to live over there. Why do you think a lot of Brits live over here??

    I attended Adam’s Glam Nation show in NYC with my daughter and son-in-law. There were no uncomfortable moments, as none of us were uncomfortable. We just had the best time!! I did not raise my children with biases. I’ve seen too much of it in my lifetime.
    Adam will know what the A stands for. I just took it that it stood for Adam, but did not go into any deep thinking about it. I didn’t see the need. It upsets me that we are still going on about his sexuality, at this point.

    I am so very happy to see him successful. He deserves it, as he has worked too damned hard to get where he is now. I am a fan for life, as is my daughter and her husband.

    Thank you, Adam!!

  23. patricia Pearce says:

    I’ve regretted some of the comments I made after the AMA performance as I was one of those who were literally terrified that the studio, the t.v. stations, critics, and puritans would de-rail his career right at the start. Although any suggestion was well intended and came from a source of love, I’ve learned through the writings of fellow fans that I was badly mistaken and misinformed in some respects.

    The author of the letter-(Carole Glam #7?) who compares Adam to Hawthorne’s Hester Prynne writes brilliantly. Thank you for giving me so much insight into a genius singer, eloquent speaker, fun loving person, loyal friend, kindhearted and loving spirit. If it is you Carole, you ought to be awarded an glittering glambert “A” to distinguish you as a fan who is an outstanding “A”DVOCATE OF ADAM!

    Carole, I don’t know how to twitter or face book. On some site a gal from Florida picked up the message that I was looking for a person in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina area to ride with. She said she was meeting a friend and they were staying in the area so I could go with them. I’ve since lost the information so am not enjoying the anticipation for fear I’ll get lost. Would you be kind enough to post the fact that Lynne Pearce, Chapel Hill, NC would love to share a ride with anyone attending the Raleigh concert? They may drive my car and I have GPS but I get nervous at night. My e-mail is:
    Skinnylynnie@nc.rr.com My phone is 1-919-883-5002. One Florida gal’s name was Penny. One of the two Floridians suggested we chat on the phone so we could get to know one another. I may have sounded standoffish when I let her know I sleep during the day and stay awake all night. If you can help me in any way I will be very grateful. I so much want to get excited. I don’t think I can go if I’m alone even though I grabbed a ticket that was the sole seat left when I got through.

    Thanks Carole,
    Lynne

  24. What a great article! I am sure this is the meaning of the “A” thank you carol for reposting this on the site. It is so true.

  25. Mary at the Lake says:

    Carol thank you so much for posting this article…one I had not seen but found to be very thought-provoking, and as someone said, wish I could be as good at expressing my thoughts. (I tend to babble a bit….)

    I am really of the opinion that most likely the “A” stands mostly for “Adam” , although had also considered the analogy of “The Scarlet Letter”. Adam and his family are very literate and no doubt that may have entered into his choosing of the red A as bit of a commentary on the past year….or not….will be interesting to see what he might say about that ( and you know he WILL at some point!!!).

    The quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne was really so appropriate to Adam’s situation “no man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and other to the multitude without getting bewildered as to which one may be the true”. Adam is so comfortable with who he is, which I’m sure came about during his years in LA, surrounded by those loving and accepting friends and coworkers who never thought twice about his being gay, he just was… He didn’t have to hide it, and so really felt no need to keep it a secret after Idol (as if it was during…). It is way too soul-wrenching to have to pretend to be someone else. He couldn’t possibly be the same joyous person he was before and is now if he had that secret to protect for the sake of keeping those fans of the” non-gay” Adam. I have to admit that I was one of those who was worried that Adam’s career wouldn’t survive (as he himself worried about it—who wouldn’t after all the negativity) the big fuss after the AMA’s, but I think he handled it in the best way he could have, all things considered. My initial response to his performance was that I knew he was in for a lot of criticism and hateful remarks. You’d have thought he was my son, not someone I have never met. Obviously I need not have worried, but I think that was the ultimate turning point in my fan journey, will I abandon him just because he ruffled a few feathers or do I stick with him through this little “kerfluffle”. Never even considered the first option….I support his vision for his music and his absolutely fabulous concerts, he can be as sexy as he wants to be, kiss whomever he chooses and those who don’t want to watch, don’t, its just that simple… they can certainly still LISTEN….He is a lovely human being, kind and generous, humble, loyal to his friends, intelligent, the list goes on,… and not bad to look at either…., and oh yes, THAT VOICE! All that matters to me….

    • Mary at the Lake says:

      And I just ran across this really nice quote, it is on a shirt that I recently bought, initially for the graphic design, but also for these words:

      “It is only with the Heart that one can see rightly;
      What is essential is invisible to the Eye.”

      There is no name to attribute it to (wish I knew…so I could), but I think it really sums up what I truly admire in Adam, not only his great talent, but his lovely soul, which is invisible but shines so brightly. Without that , he wouldn’t be the Adam we have come to “know” and “see” with our hearts.

      And whatever that “A” stands for (probably “just” plain ol’ “Adam”…or not-so-plain ol’ Adam….) its so nice that he has come so far in his journey and can be proud of who he is and just be….himself….Adam…. or “A”…, )

      aka “glitzylady” elsewhere…

      • Mary at the Lake says:

        Oops gotta clarify: referring to myself with the glitzylady name, not Adam!!!! Just in case you were wondering…..Really have to proofread every time….

      • Princessshakeitup says:

        That quote is one of my favorites and it it from the classic book “The Little Prince” by Antoine DeSaint-Exupery. If you have never read the book, please do! It is so wise and beautiful!

        Maybe we could start calling Adam “The Little Prince?”

        • Mary at the Lake says:

          Thanks!!!! I loved the quote and hoped someone would be able to identify it!!! Am familiar with the book, but its been so long since I read it, time to revisit!! A beautiful story….

          Definitely a prince of a guy!!!

        • Mary at the Lake says:

          And come to think of it, another “Glittery Alien….” come to share the love… an even more perfect analogy…..digressing here…maybe the “A” is for Alien, as in “Glittery Alien from Planet Fierce”…..kidding…, but then Adam does have a sense of humor…..

          “The LIttle Prince” it is…..not to be confused with the other “Prince” of course…..

          (Supposed to be heading off to work, but this is definitely more fun!!!)

  26. I LOVE ADAM!!!!!! NEVER GET THAT WRONG. I will say that we all need to be who we are.

    One thing I’m seeing is that more and more…if you live life with a scarlet letter (so to speak) then you are cool and bold and fearless. oK that is great, we are all given free will…my problem is that those who want to follow a different path, a more quiet & private one, one of faith in God and true to morals, etc are now having their rights taken away. Where is the balance? The scales are continuously tipped. How many of you just want to pounce me right now for saying so?! See what I mean?

    Anyway, Adam is great and he has no need to wear any scarlet letter to be who he is proudly. No need to shout it as fans either. As far as the story of the scarlet letter goes its great that people can stand for who they are and be proud of what they believe, but I dread any day that adultery could ever be seen as admirable or “a badge of honor”. yikes people. Its called adultery for a reason.

    So I agree that people should be who they are, free will and all…. so why should I be concerned that I will be pounced for being who I am? I think the gate swings both ways. Those who don’t know God attack just as hard as those who are accused of being overly religious and standing up for what they believe. HEY< we all have to be fair. Maybe those that protest Adam’s show are too harsh? Maybe, maybe not. They are speaking what they believe too. I believe in God and His word. I would NEVER, however, stand outside of a concert with screaming signs as some do in protest. That is not the way in my opinion. God IS Love….and to be a true Christian is to LOVE as God would. God hates what he states as sin in His eyes no matter what one believes…but He hates NO ONE.

    God loves Adam with all His heart. I love Adam too in so many ways…beyond the hype and glitter and the stage. Just look at him? Just listen to him? You know what I mean I know. You all love him too. 🙂

    The scarlet letter thing opened my thoughts here. We don’t need to mark him, nor does he. If he feels he did nothing wrong, then he doesn’t need to throw that message in our faces in defense of actions etc. We all have sinned…regardless of your definition of it. We don’t need to wear a letter to mark it, to own it proudly. I’m going to just look at the letter A on his outfits as a big A for ADAM. He has earned his name and fame. A for Adam, proud Adam! Lets celebrate him and not a defense to what he may have done to shock. A for Always Adam!

    We need to love one another no matter who or what… xo

    • Princessshakeitup says:

      I am glad to finally see someone here who gets up as early as I do [or have you not gone to bed yet?] No one is going to pounce on you and I think the MOST distressing thing to most of us is the people who “pounce” on others in the name of God. No, adultery is not a good thing but it is, unfortunately, a human thing. And it may get you on Oprah.

      Having said that, I would be ever so happy if we [as in, ALL God’s children] could agree on one universal truth. I believe we are born attracted either to someone with the opposite ‘parts’ or the same ‘parts’ and I can’t see where we have much to say in the matter. I have said for some time that to me, the proof that sexuality is NOT a matter of “choice” should be this: What woman in her right mind would be attracted to men by choice!?

      Other than Adam,of course.

      Peace and love to you, Suz! Maybe we can meet some morning for a cup of coffee!

      • Zanner17 says:

        Thanks for your response and the peace & love. I won’t judge other lifestyles…its not my place. i have enough heart for everyone. 🙂 Guess I don’t want to be on Oprah badly enough. wink

        What U say about about women being attracted to men by choice cracked me up! So dang true the older I get! hahahaha Adam is the one man easy to love. I agree. Men should pay attention to why we love him so much…instead of teasing us, etc. They don’t get it.

        Instead of coffee, I will have tea or diet coke, but it’d be fun to meet up. 🙂

        Thanks again! Peace & love back to U, Princessshakeitup

      • I hope you get to see my original reply…I don’t see it here yet. Its under Zanner17 by default. That is a screen name I use as well. Suz is what I’m called a lot in general so I used it.

      • In case my original post doesn’t show up…I thank U for the response and the peace & love. I’m not to judge anyone…not my place…my heart is big enough for everyone. 🙂 Guess I don’t want to be on Oprah badly enough! wink

        You cracked me up with your comment on women being out of their mind to be attracted to men by choice. So true the older I get. Adam is amazing. Men should pay attention to why we do love him instead of being jealous, teasing, etc. I hear it all from the guys I work with. they should take notes…just clueless! 🙂

        Would love meeting up in the A.M. although I think I will have a diet coke or unsweet ice tea…extra ice of course. 🙂 I’m on the East Coast in Charlotte, NC. I was up at 5am, but not writing until after 7a.m. here. Same thing, early!

        Thank U again, Princessshakeitup
        Peace & Love to you back…

        • Princessshakeitup says:

          Glad to finally get your response! Believe it or not, we may be able to meet up before too long as we are trying to sell our home here in Paradise [St Kitts] to move to North Carolina! We are looking at the Wilmington area but, after living out of the U.S. for 10 years, everyone in the Continental U.S. is going to feel like my neighbor! So, coffee or tea, [I drink lots of coffee which explains all the !!!!!!!] let’s get together in the Adam Universe.

          Yeah, that comment about sexuality/women/men/choice…I’m thinking of having that made into a T-shirt. Wonder if I could sell it at the Glam Nation concerts to raise funds for “Adam’s Ark!”?

    • AllaboutAdam says:

      I THINK neither the letter nor the adultery in the book is what’s supposed to be Cool, Bold, Fearless….. in both cases, it’s the strength of character that you possess to overcome your so-called sins is what’s “cool”. The redemption comes BECAUSE of the transgression, so to speak. Whatever the “A” means or doesn’t mean, we know who Adam is and what his character is made of. Personally, i think Adam DOES have a hidden meaning behind it. In an “in your face” kind of way – FOR THE SHOW – not in his life. LOVE HIM!

  27. Please give credit where credit is due. The original article was written by NoAngel and has been posted here for a couple of weeks:

    http://glamazingrace.blogspot.com/

    • cmhagey says:

      If you read in the intro, I credited NoAngel for writing this. I am a professional and would never take credit for work that isn’t mine. I have now included the link to the original posting site.

      Carol

  28. Wow, it seems that all sorts of people are thanking all sorts of other people for this post on Adam’s Scarlet Letter: A Sin Transformed, but please note that it was copied uncredited from this ORIGINAL source by @NoAngelPF!!

    http://glamazingrace.blogspot.com/

    We’re glad you all enjoyed it, but please always provide the source link when you paste copy from someone else’s site! Thanks!

  29. kat23morg says:

    Adam even though he in the beginning kind of shrugged off being a role model and making a political or ethical statement…now realizes that he is changing things…As with all change…it does not come easy…many people refuse to change because it challenges their preconceived notions and old ways of doing things…Many are now, yes due to Adam being open about being gay and happy with himself and being gay, not ashamed, is making people think twice about their attitudes. Even myself, which I pride myself on being open minded, liberal minded, found myself evaluating my preconceived notions about gay people and how we sometimes believe they need to not act “gay”…i.e. do not show affection toward a partner in front of us…have changed my notion…Now I see the hypocracy of our views toward gays….I notice it everywhere….I often think to myself these are human beings that we make fun of on a daily basis because they are not behaving the way we want them to….There is not getting around it…it is discrimination to prejudge people, to label them, to expect them to conform to something they are not. I think to myself how much pain and contemplation Adam must have gone through when young when trying to be happy with himself and most likely being made fun of. This is probably why he got so into music and theater…it was his outlet for the turmoil he was feeling and the ridicule he probably got from many kids. I am oh so proud of what he brings to light…that it is all about love…that that is the most important thing in this world and how treating people fairly is crucial. Adam you are a role model, a model of how we should act and behave. It amazes me the patience he has…think about it…I bet he has probably been asked about the AMA performance and being gay …a million times..and yet he is always gracious…polite and stands up for himself and others like him.

  30. glamb# 442 Paula says:

    Well my feeling on this is Adam is not one for silent symbols he is to bold and honest for that. while the story could possibly apply i think Adam wanted an icon to run through the show as a theme and why not his initial.If he wanted it to have meaning would he really have it all over everyone and everything? i don’t think so – he is more the type who would have made sure you understood it was meaningful and had a message behind it.he would showcase it- but he has no need for that he says what he thinks and always says it well.working through who he is to the public right out of the box was a chance he took and i think it is paying off for him.his fan base loves him for what he is and who he is can never sneak up and hurt him later.for those who are prudes well he might not work for you but for most sex sells and he can sure work it!!! so far i find him flawless!

    • I think U R right on this too! He is not defensive either. He lets it roll off for the most part and doesn’t shy away from being direct.

  31. NoAngel says:

    Thank you for sharing my Scarlet Letter essay. I am the author; it was originally posted by me on June 8 at the blog I share: http://glamazingrace.blogspot.com/2010/07/adams-scarlet-letter-sin-transformed.html
    and was also featured at the Planet Fierce fan site on June 12: http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=single&action=display&thread=812

    Would you please include the original link in your post?

    • cmhagey says:

      I have now included the link in the intro. Please let me know if this was the correct link.
      Thanks again!
      Carol

    • It was well written even if I did have a different opinion. Thanks for sharing your blog 🙂

  32. AllaboutAdam says:

    Loved the article – almost made me cry because of its insight.. Speaks so well to Adam’s multi-faceted-ness….and to one of the biggest reasons we love him so much – his honesty and integrity…. GOOD FOR YOU ADAM! Personally, I had no doubt…. he has to intention of following a cookie-cutter path, thank God….as a die-hard fan from his first audition, I so enjoy seeing him progress, grow, change, learn, etc….Love him or leave him? The choice is no longer ours I’m afraid!! As one of the very first (if not THE first) – as well as my favorite – commentaries on this site proclaimed: WE ARE INVESTED…. and it sure is a beautiful thing!

  33. And thank you all so much! I’ve really enjoyed reading the comments here. My intention in writing the essay was to put some of my own thoughts down on paper. I’m honored that it has created dialogue and helped others to think about what Adam means to us as individuals and fans.
    Peace!
    (@NoAngelPF on Twitter)

    • cmhagey says:

      Thank you so much NoAngel for taking the time to read our site and comment too! I hope I credited you well for your essay! Any time you want to write for us, please email me at:
      cmhagey@aol.com

      Thanks again for your wonderful essay!

      Carol

    • thank U and ditto!

    • yes, thank you so much NoAngel for sharing your thoughts with us, and encouraging more thought about what Adam means to us and the world.
      🙂

  34. Awesome Authentic Adam.

    It is amazing all these emotions this man evokes in people for all kinds of reasons mostly very positive, sometimes confusing.
    Though many people say we should just focus on his voice and his music I feel Adam’s gayness is actually a huge part of the journey we are on with him. This is what sets him aside of so may other performers, he is telling the story of his life, his demons and his desires. I think Adam is very comfortable with being gay, it is other people who struggle.
    I am not sure whether he would wear a Scarlett Letter. If this is his intention then I think it stands for Awesome Authentic Adam, because yes, he was shamed but he stayed true to himself because he is on the path of being the best he can be, as truthful as he can be and once you are on this path you can only go forward.
    Ultimately this will be backbone of his undeniable succes.

  35. Be what you are .and fuck anyone who push you to be what he wants .LOVE YOU ADAM LIKE THE WAY YOU ARE CAUSE YOU’RE THE BEST HONEY

  36. I think he had his initial monogrammed on the hat and the vest. Simple. No hidden meaning. No evidence he ever read or enjoyed the Scarlett Letter. And now…the smiles and smirks are because he knows that no matter what he does, there will be a wild chase to connect dots that don’t even exist. But many stars find themselves bemused at what their fans read into things.

    • I completely agree with you, Anne. But it was a beautifully written essay, none the less. And hey, it got at least one person to pick up one of the classics for pleasure, not grades!! Sorry, I know this is not a timely reply, but I have been pretty ill, therefore “off-site” for a while. Luv to you all!!

  37. Saw Adam in Charlotte!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Now on to Raleigh next month!!!!!!!!!! Just had to get that off of my chest! 🙂 Nite!

  38. What a wonderful interpretation of what our Adam is all about. Very nicely written and such amazing insight! I agree with you 100%. Adam is a highly intelligent man, besides being amazingly talented, sexy, honest and true to himself. I loved the AMA performance and everything he stands for, but mostly, how he handled the fallout. So gracious, so sincere. He gives back all the love he gets from his friends and fans. Adam Lambert is so much more than a great entertainer, he is a great human being.

  39. libraglam says:

    Thank you Carol and everyone in this fansite.
    I really enjoyed reading all of your comments .
    You all are so wonderful !

  40. Above all I love the rhinestone microphone, don’t know why *smiled*…

  41. Floridadave says:

    What a wonderful article. I saw the A at the concert in Nashville, an immediately thought of the Hawthorne connection. I couldn’t articulate it half so well. This is one straight man who isn’t afraid to say how much he likes Adam. My wife and I flew from south FL to TN to so Adam, and it was worth it. Now he’s coming to FL. Hooray