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The following is a Media Release Statement from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and ABC on ABC and Adam Lambert:

Update on Statement from GLAAD on ABC’s Decision to
Cancel Performances by Adam Lambert

Since his American Music Awards performance occurred GLAAD has consistently advocated that Adam Lambert and openly gay artists not be held to a double standard. As we have expressed publicly, it is disappointing that ABC will not give Lambert a chance to perform at this time. GLAAD’s discussions with ABC focused on confirming that his sexual orientation was not a factor in their decisions. ABC confirmed this is not about a same-sex kiss or his sexual orientation but about being “caught off guard.” GLAAD asked ABC and calls on them for clarification on “caught off guard” so that the community knows why Lambert is being denied the opportunity to perform on the network.

Statement from GLAAD and ABC on ABC’s Decision to
Cancel Performances by Adam Lambert

New York, NY, December 3, 2009 – After it was announced that ABC decided to cancel appearances by openly gay singer Adam Lambert on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dick Clark’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,’ the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spoke with ABC today regarding concerns that Adam Lambert was being held to a double standard.

After these discussions ABC issued the following statement to GLAAD:

“Given the live nature of the American Music Awards, Adam Lambert’s performance, which differed greatly from his rehearsal, caught many, including the network, off guard. This is not a question of Lambert’s sexual orientation. As is evidenced by GLAAD’s media report card, ABC is at the forefront of positive gay and lesbian portrayal on television. We welcome openly gay performers and look forward to continuing our great work within the LGBT community.”

“It would appear that the kiss between Adam Lambert and his keyboardist did not factor into ABC’s decision,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “ABC has a history of positive gay and transgender inclusion that includes featuring kisses between gay and lesbian couples on-air.”

“We applaud the visibility of openly gay performers and congratulate Adam Lambert for sharing his story on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week as well as his upcoming appearance on The Jay Leno Show,” Barrios said.

About GLAAD

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.

Contact:

Richard Ferraro
Director of Public Relations
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

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It appears Adam Lambert will suffer yet another blow (pun not intended, ok well sort of) due to ABC canceling his Dec. 17 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. Lambert delivered the news to fans via his Twitter page and added not to blame ABC but rather “It’s the FCC heat.”

The caveat to all this is the FCC doesn’t monitor programming after 10 p.m. If you visit the FCC website you will find the following:

“The FCC has determined, with the approval of the courts, that there is a reasonable risk that children will be in the audience from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Therefore, the FCC prohibits station licensees from broadcasting indecent material during that period.
“Material is indecent if, in context, it depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium…The ‘safe harbor’ refers to the time period between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., local time. During this time period, a station may air indecent and/or profane material.”

In a statement issued to The LA Times, an ABC spokeswoman would only explain the network’s decision to cancel Lambert’s appearance on “Kimmel” as follows, “We decided not to move forward with the booking at this time.”

So the question remains, how long is ABC going to continue their punishment of Lambert for behavior that was no less offensive than any other of today’s pop musicians?