While insiders insist to HollywoodLife.com that ABC’s decision to pull openly gay performer Adam Lambert‘s performance on Good Morning America, scheduled for Nov. 25, had nothing to do with his sexuality, gay advocates are still outraged at the move.
Aaron Hicklin, Editor-in-Chief of Out Magazine told us exclusively, “Sadly [ABC’s decision] just reflects the double standard in American life. I wonder how GMA would have responded if Adam had kissed a woman [on the AMAs].
Hicklin adds, “The puritanical reaction to Adam’s performance at the AMAs serves to reinforce the impression that expressions of gay sexuality are still widely viewed as abhorrent and threatening.”
When ABC confirmed that Adam would no longer be on the morning show, an ABC News Spokesperson told us, “Given his controversial live performance on the AMAs, we were concerned about airing a similar performance so early in the morning.”
Hicklin was previously critical of the rocker because while he agreed to be on of Out 100’s breakout stars of the year, his management had refused to have him appear alone the cover of the gay lifestyle magazine earlier in the year.
The mag editor and advocate adds, however, “Adam’s performance at the AMAs was the ultimate, and best, response to Out’s criticisms over his management’s misplaced caution.”