On last night's American Music Awards, Adam Lambert did his best to shock the audience with his pan-sexually charged performance of the title track from his debut album, For Your Entertainment. In his first public performance, the American Idol runner up dragged a female dancer by the ankles, pushed a male dancer's head into his crotch and simulating oral sex, walked a pair of male dancers with a leash and took a moment mid-song to make out with (an allegedly straight) male keyboard player. It certainly helped you forget the rather forgettable singing.
ABC kept the kiss but censored the simulated b/j for the West Coast audience. Lambert tells Rolling Stone there is a "double standard" in the entertainment industry: "Female performers have been doing this for years—pushing the envelope about sexuality—and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We’re in 2009; it’s time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people’s eyes and if it offends them, then maybe I’m not for them. My goal was not to piss people off, it was to promote freedom of expression and artistic freedom."