Adam Lambert recently came under criticism from OUT magazine editor Aaron Hinklin for seemingly shying away from gay media even after his very public coming out. He addressed Lambert in an open letter printed in OUT.
We’re curious whether you know that we made cover offers for you before American Idol was even halfway through its run. Apparently, Out was too gay, even for you. There was the issue of what it would do to your record sales, we were told. Imagine! A gay musician on the cover of a gay magazine. What might the parents think! It’s only because this cover is a group shot that includes a straight woman that your team would allow you to be photographed at all — albeit with the caveat that we must avoid making you look “too gay.” (Is that a medical term? Just curious). Luckily, you seemed unaware that a similar caution was issued to our interviewer.
Hinklin thinks that Lambert’s handlers are steering him away from too much gayness. A claim that Lambert denied via an interview with Entertainment Weekly
I didn’t want to jump onto a gay magazine as my first thing, because I feel like that’s putting myself in a box and limiting myself. It was my desire to stay away from talking about certain political and civil rights issues because I’m not a politician. I’m an entertainer. That is not my area of expertise
Then Lambert performed his controversial stunt on the American Music Awards on Sunday night.
Perhaps because of his AMA performance and the Spikey-haired boy-on-keyboardest boy make out session, his scheduled performance on Good Morning America was cancelled.
Then Lambert, of the not-a-political-gay fame, then suddenly became a pretty political subject. Even Elizabeth Hasselbeck chimed in saying Lambert’s performance was full of “Sexual Aggression”.
Perez Hilton took up his cause on Twitter calling for an end to homophobia.
Though now CBS’ Early Show has picked up the Lambert concert and Letterman has signed him up for a performance as well, has Lambert learned that, whether he likes it or not, coming out as publicly as he did is a very political act. Lambert should be careful not to burst the eardrums of the gays that made him. He may believe that he is “just an entertainer” but, in reality, he is much more.