CBS’s The Early Show, which added Adam Lambert to its Wednesday program after ABC’s Good Morning America canceled the singer’s appearance, has nevertheless found itself in hot water for showing a clip of Lambert’s American Music Awards performance in which his kiss with a male keyboardist was intentionally blurred out. Moments later, The Early Show aired unedited footage of Madonna and Britney Spears locking lips.
In response, Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), issued a statement: “The Early Show‘s decision this morning to blur Adam Lambert’s kiss from the American Music Awards reinforces an unfortunate double standard that is applied to openly gay performers.”
An Early Show rep sent EW this statement: “We gave this some real thought. The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated, and for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences.”