*Author’s Note: There will be several articles on this topic. Already, additional responses have appeared.*
The whirlwind around Adam continues! The gay and straight communities immediately started voicing their opposition to yesterday’s publication of OUT Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Aaron Hicklin’s bizarre demonstration of his own insecurities.
All of this comes as the music industry and Adam’s fans – basically the world, are preparing to celebrate the week we’ve been longing for. No, it’s not enough to just enjoy the countdown to the AMAs on Sunday night when we’ll see what we anticipate will be the most jaw-dropping live performance ever. Or the tick-tock of the clock until we get our copies of For Your Entertainment next week. Or the dizzying need to keep checking the TV Guide to find every show he’ll be on promoting the CD and making sure we’ve got enough time left on our DVRs to capture it.
Our week of glory, what many of us felt would be the justification of our outrage over Kris Allen winning the Idol title, has been interrupted by a man with a completely different agenda.
For some reason Hicklin has such tunnel vision that he’s biting the hand that feeds him by throwing Adam “under the bus.” It wasn’t enough that his magazine wrote the most intriguing article on Adam that I’ve read post-Idol. Something that finally went beyond the “what will your first album be like?” dribble. Hicklin had to cloud the issue by exercising his editorial privilege and bad judgement when he delivered an Open Letter to Adam.
Our own Jeanette (Author Supreme!) has already written the article on that for this website. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it here.
A response from the Planet Fierce web site has started the defense. We even know what Adam is feeling about this, courtesy of Twitter. Adam’s tweets follow this article excerpt.
Planet Fierce OpEd
Response to “Open Letter to Adam”
11/17/09 12:14PM by rowenaaine
After reading Adam Lambert’s candid and revealing interview on the Out website (published in conjunction with their Out 100 print edition) I was disheartened to read an open letter to Adam from Out’s editor-in-chief, Aaron Hicklin, in Out Magazine.
In the letter, Hicklin calls out 19 Entertainment and RCA Records (Adam’s management team and record label respectively) for attempting to “neutralize” Adam’s sexuality and keep his appearances in LGBT publications toned down for fear of his appearing “too gay.” Hicklin expresses frustration that Out was denied a cover during Adam’s American Idol run, and not a little jealousy at the recent Details Magazine cover and photo spread. But further, he criticizes Adam’s management team for heavy-handedness in skewing perceptions in order to not lose potential record sales.
Today, Hicklin’s letter is on the Out website, with supporting commentary by the female journalist who interviewed Adam, Shana Naomi Krochmal.
Is Hicklin telling the truth? I don’t know. I suspect we may never know if 19/RCA ignores what amounts to a school yard challenge over which team gets bragging rights.
But is Adam Lambert a prize over which sides needs scuffle? That’s where I’m coming up empty.
From what I read in print publications and websites, there seem to be at least two factions in the war over Adam Lambert’s image. On the right, we have the conservative heterosexuals who fear that Adam is too gay for mainstream. On the left are members of the gay community, who accuse Adam of not being gay enough. Somewhere in the middle is Adam, his fanbase…and the truth.
I’d like to clarify and refute some of Aaron Hicklin’s claims. Others have already done so on blogs, forums, and the mother of all communication vehicles, twitter. But, indulge me.
Hicklin asserts that Adam and team (because the open letter seems to lump Adam in as one of the bad guys) refused an Out cover early on in the Idol competition.
Likely true. But not at all surprising or problematic. Why? Idol contestants are barred from communicating with the press during the show’s run. Entertainment Weekly may have put Adam on their cover before the competition ended, but they used stock photos and existing quotes. No other magazine got a cover story early on except for Rolling Stone, which published their issue two weeks after the show’s conclusion. And based on Adam’s assertion that he is a musician that happens to be gay, rather than a gay that happens to be a musician, most would agree Rolling Stone was the best place for his “outing” after the show’s finale. That’s just good business. Sorry, Hicklin.
1 point to Team Lambert.
For the article in its entirety, click here.
First Tweet: Planet Fierce responds to A. Hicklin’s “Open Letter to Adam” http://bit.ly/1yTFLP : thank you to the writer! YOU get it.
1:59 PM Nov 17th
Second Tweet: Reply Retweet Dear Aaron, it’s def not that deep. Chill! Guess ya gotta get attention for the magazine. U too are at the mercy of the marketing machine.
2:20 PM Nov 17th
(cont.) Until we have a meaningful conversation, perhaps you should refrain from projecting your publications’ agenda onto my career.
2:30 PM Nov 17th
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