NEW YORK — Adam Lambert admits he got carried away with his sexually charged American Music Awards performance, but he’s offering no apology.
The glam rocker from “American Idol” said on “The Early Show” that his performance would not have caused as much controversy if he weren’t openly gay. He also said there were other “adult” moments on the show that caused no outrage.
“I admit I did get carried away, but I don’t see anything wrong with it,” he said today. “I do see how people got offended and that was not my intention. My intention was to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time with it.”
Lambert kissed a male keyboard player and had a dancer simulate oral sex on him while performing “For Your Entertainment,” a song with a sexual edge. ABC received many complaints about the performance and that network’s morning show, “Good Morning America,” canceled Lambert’s scheduled appearance today because it said it couldn’t trust what he would do.
“The Early Show” on CBS, perennially third in a three-network morning show race, happily gave him a platform — interviewing him and asking him to sing.
Lambert admitted he didn’t rehearse some of the more risque elements of his award show performance — a point that particularly upset ABC, which said it was taken by surprise by what he did. In the future, he said he’d try to get these issues cleared before the show.
But he noted that Lady Gaga smashed whiskey bottles during her performance, Eminem rapped about rape and Janet Jackson briefly groped a male dancer.
“Janet Jackson, crotch grab,” he said. “I haven’t heard one peep about that.”
He said that “if it had been a female pop performer doing (his) moves that were on the stage, I don’t think there would be nearly as much of an outrage.”
Offered a chance to apologize, he declined. He said he didn’t consider that there may have been children watching because his American Music Awards performance came at nearly 11 p.m., and that it’s a parent’s job to monitor what their children are watching on television.
“I think it’s up to the parents to discern what their child’s watching on television,” he said. “I’m not a baby sitter. I’m a performer.”
Asked what he’d do differently if he had the chance, Lambert said, “I would sing it a little bit better.”
Lambert was scheduled to perform two songs later in the morning broadcast. “For Your Entertainment” wasn’t one of them.
“Parents, this is appropriate, I promise,” he said at the end of the interview.