Sunday, November 22, 2009

Adam Lambert on his racy American Music Awards performance: 'There's a huge double standard'

Ryan Seacrest was there to introduce Adam Lambert on Sunday night, but his American Music Awards performance of "For Your Entertainment" was a long way removed from the family-friendly confines of "American Idol." There was groping, dragging and bondage outfits, bringing the ABC program to an end with theatrical images of sexual slavery.

"It's about to get rough," Lambert sings in the song's opening moments, and for many of Pop & Hiss'  readers, it went too far. Within minutes of the American Music Awards coming to an end, irate viewers had begun writing in. Reader Kathie Kunish declared that the telecast should have been rated "PG-14," and user "penny" noted that she had to cover the eyes of her 10-year-old daughter.

Reader Richard Bowen agreed, posting on Pop & Hiss, "I know he wants to break out and show the world his dangerous side, but why alienate an entire population of kids to do it?"

Lambert wasn't the only former "American Idol" contestant to get risqué. Earlier in the night, Carrie Underwood strutted in a pants-less outfit, but the country star was still a long way removed from Lambert's sexually suggestive performance. With a crotch rub and a make-out session with a band member, Lambert sent tongues wagging and the Twittisphere erupting in controversy, bolting to the top of the site's trending topics.

"The energy felt good. Adrenaline is a crazy thing to feel," Lambert said to Pop & Hiss after the show. "That's what I love about performing. I'm hoping people were entertained. For those who weren't, maybe I'm not their cup of tea."

When asked if he thought the most extreme moments would be edited out of the West Coast broadcast, Lambert wasn't shy about how he would react to such a move.

"If it's gonna be edited, then in a way that's discrimination. I don't mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren't edited," Lambert said. "It's a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there's a huge double standard."

Lambert said his goal wasn't to upset anyone with his performance: "I'm just trying to have a good time onstage. It's a sexy song. It's 2009, it's time to take more risks. It's about entertainment. People want to be surprised. It's too bad that people are so scared."

A clip of the performance, which as of Sunday night is available on YouTube, is embedded below.


Will Smith not dead in Porsche car accident, but Smith sat in church and thought of how to help kids

Fake rumors claiming Will Smith died in a car accident on November 22, 2009, are floating around the web the same day the false rumors of Ray J's death surfaced.

"Will Smith was driving his Porsche in the Hollywood Hills earlier today when he suddenly lost control and flipped his car," say the fake rumors.

The false report goes on to claim that "paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes but were unable to revive Mr. Smith.”

Well those false quotes can be summarily dismissed right away, because if Will Smith were ever -- heaven forbid -- involved in a car accident and paramedics were called, you can best believe the Associated Press or even TMZ or Routers or UPI would be all over it faster than the scammers trying to get searchers to click on their malware links with false titles like "Will Smith dead" to lure web surfers to their websites.

According to, however, Will Smith is involved in great projects, like the one described in this video of singer Kenny Lattimore, who gave the news agency the details of a project called The ASHE Foundation that helps put shoes on needy children's feet.

"Thanks to actor Will Smith, the ASHE Foundation took its first shipment of shoes to Africa in January," reads the CNN transcript of the interview that preceded Kenny Lattimore's portion.

"Will Smith was in church one Sunday and he heard me begging for shoes and he said, "OK, I'll pay for 15 people -- 15 members of the congregation to go to Africa to deliver these shoes," said Dion Fearon founded a non-profit called the ASHE Foundation.

It's no surprise to hear of the actor's charitable contributions decided upon in a sanctuary. Jada Pinkett Smith, Will's wife, called her husband just a "straight up Christian" in a popular spread of the married couple in Essence (that needs to be fully scanned into Google Books like Ebony and such ASAP!) -- as opposed to Jada herself, who dabbles in other faiths .

Unlike Ray J, Will Smith does not have a readily apparent and verified nor account -- but these false rumors of Smith's early demise are thankfully, nonetheless, false.