ABC Gets Complaints about Lambert's Performance

November 23, 2009 - 6:16 PM
ABC says more than 1,500 people have called to complain about Adam Lambert's sexually charged performance at the American Music Awards.

Adam Lambert performs during the closing act of the 37th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

New York (AP) - ABC says more than 1,500 people have called to complain about Adam Lambert's sexually charged performance at the American Music Awards.
 
The network characterized the response as "moderate." Before his performance, Lambert said that he wanted to break down a double standard that existed where female performers are often sexually provocative while men don't do it that often.
 
There were also hostile comments online about the "American Idol" glam rocker who sang his new song "For Your Entertainment" on Sunday's show with an elaborate, S&M-themed production. Lambert fondled a dancer, led another around on a leash, had a dancer briefly stick his head in Lambert's crotch and kissed a man.