A Lynchburg non-profit is going after a TV network for broadcasting what it calls a “lewd and filthy performance.”
Liberty Counsel has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against ABC.
They’re taking issue with Adam Lambert’s controversial number on Sunday’s American Music Awards.
Lambert was seen imitating a sexual act and kissing a male band member while performing a song.
Liberty Counsel is a legal ministry affiliated with Liberty University and its law school.
The group says ABC knew what Lambert was planning to do and even promoted his act as “what everyone will be talking about tomorrow.”
Appearing on the CBS Early Show Wednesday Morning, Lambert says he was trying to prove a point.
Lambert says there is a double standard in entertainment that allows heterosexual female entertainers to get away with provocative performances that he, as a homosexual male, is criticized for.
“I don’t think there’d be nearly as much of an outrage at all,” he said. “I think it’s because I’m a gay male and people haven’t seen that before.”
Here is a press release issued by Liberty Counsel:
“Washington, D.C. – Liberty Counsel has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against the American Broadcasting Company (“ABC”) for airing an outrageously lewd and filthy performance by Adam Lambert on November 22, 2009 during the 2009 American Music Awards. Among other things, Lambert simulated oral sex, simulated digital penetration, simulated sadomasochistic conduct and engaged in homosexual open-mouth kissing.
Prior to going on-air, Lambert explained that his motive went beyond performing. According to the Associated Press, Lambert “wanted to break down a double standard that existed where female performers are often sexually provocative while men don’t do it that often.”
ABC’s reaction was to promote Lambert’s indecent acts. While the network edited portions of another performer’s number for the West Coast’s viewing, only one small portion of Lambert’s performance was removed. ABC actually teased and touted the rest of his actions as “what everyone will be talking about tomorrow.” This shows that it was Lambert’s obscene sexual conduct, not his vocal performance that ABC used to promote its show.
Those wishing to contact ABC about this decision can write to ABC, Inc., 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521. ABC can also be reached by calling (818) 460-7477, or you may contact ABC on the web at Audience Relations Department.
Anita L. Staver, President of Liberty Counsel, remarked: “The performance by Adam Lambert clearly crossed the line. ABC should be held accountable for airing this indecent and offensive performance. ABC promoted Lambert’s performance to boost its ratings. Now ABC should have to pay a hefty penalty to the FCC for assaulting its viewers with a debased performance by Adam Lambert.”
This is the actual complaint they filed with the FCC.