CBS' The Early Show is standing by its decision to blur the image of Adam Lambert kissing his male keyboard player during the American Idol runner-up's American Music Awards performance.
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The Early Show, which added Lambert to its Wednesday lineup of guests after ABC's Good Morning America canceled his scheduled appearance on its show, came under fire for intentionally blurring the image when discussing the controversy that the performance and the kiss created. The Early Show did not, however, edit the image of Madonna and Britney Spears kissing at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, as the discussion turned to other controversial performances.
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"The Early Show's decision this morning to blur Adam Lambert's kiss from the American Music Awards reinforces an unfortunate double standard that is applied to openly gay performers," Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a statement.
The CBS morning show responded with a statement of its own, according to Entertainment Weekly. "We gave this some real thought," the statement read. "The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated, and for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences."
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ABC received more than 1,500 complaints about Lambert's performance, which closed Sunday's AMAs. The singer said during his appearance on The Early Show that he got carried away in the performance, but he did not apologize. "I'm not a babysitter, I'm a performer," he said.
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