Adam Lambert: Outraged Over Out Magazine Controversy

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On the American Idol stage, Adam Lambert proved that he's calm and cool in the face of pressure.

The singer was forced to demonstrate those same traits this week, after he was called out by Aaron Hicklin, the editor of Out magazine.

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We recommend reading Hicklin's full statement, but in a nutshell: he takes issue with Lambert for trying to control the interview the singer conducted with Out this month.

Hicklin criticizes Lambert for only agreeing to a cover shot if straight people were included on it; for having his publicist dictate terms of the interview; and, generally, for not being gay enough so that "others can follow" Lambert's example.

These are galling critiques for numerous reasons: all celebrities hire publicists to sit with magazines and set an agenda; Out was clearly satisfied with the feature, as it ran the interview; and, as Lambert tells Entertainment Weekly, "not every gay man is the same gay man."

We'll let Adam take it from here. In a well-spoken, articulate discussion with EW, he responded to Hicklin's unfair charges...

On his image: What people don’t realize is, I am managing my image, more than maybe the editor of OUT magazine likes to give anybody credit for. My team is a team... I really mean it. I’m not being puppeted around. I didn’t want to jump onto a gay magazine as my first thing, because I feel like that’s putting myself in a box and limiting myself.

On his message: I’m an entertainer... I can talk about relationships and personal experiences because as an artist those things involve writing lyrics and that part of my process. But I didn’t feel comfortable talking about the March on Washington. I didn’t feel comfortable, so I asked my publicist to ask the interviewer to stay away from the political questions. I take full responsibility for that.

I think that the editor has his agenda and has his opinions, which I respect, but they’re not necessarily my opinions. And I wish there was a little respect for that. Not every gay man is the same gay man... We’re all very very different, just like all straight people are different.

On gay rights: In order for us to progress, we need to stop segregating ourselves. And the letter that Aaron wrote is holding us back. Because it’s recognizing the big difference as opposed to letting us all ignore preference and just be people... in attempt to champion a cause he’s actually taking a big step backwards.

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. We don't think anyone on the planet could have said it better themselves. Rock on, Adam!


Very cool article thank you. And Adam certainly seems to have a very secure sense of who he is and what is right for him. I can only admire that. As for people like "pretty ironic" whining about his AMA performance - which was epic btw - all I can say is, no-one is voting for or against Adam now so you need to move on from the Idol playground. It's over.


I clicked here by accident and then had a good chuckle over the(pre-AMA) article and comments regarding Adam's "classiness". Considering the mess of a performance he gave during the AMAs, Im not associating "classy" with Adam Lambert anymore (how about "calculating", "manipulative", and full of crap?). I voted for Adam but was starting to get sick of all of the over the top media attention. The AMAs sealed it for me -I'm done with him.


Adam proves again how unique he is. He is so absolutely right in refusing to let his sexual preferences define him. I don't think he really has to worry about that kind of criticism as Hicklin's because he is so hugely popular and loved that people like Hicklin's calaber are just blips on the radar screen! Not since Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson has there been such a larger than life entertainer and every time he goes on stage everyone gets more than their monies worth.


AND, Adam only has a bigger name than the other Idols(this past season) because Hollywood push their political agendas and Adam being gay helps them in this. You don't see Tinsel Hollywood speaking for being straight, or treating every one, including straights, equally. So, we get Allison Iraheta, WHO IS A MINORITY, on the back burner. But, she is Latino, young, and female, so the odds are against her. GO FREAKING FIGURE! Allison, I am sure, could pull off perfectly the opportunities given to Adam. And so could Kris...


Adam is not really great talent. He, by means of AI producers and judges' irresponsibly bashing the other Idols, got to second place by given favoritism. MATT AND ALLISON WERE THE GREATEST. Kris deserved to win of the two finalists...As for the Magazine's "controversy," I find no such thing. I don't even see why report this, if only to favor him of the other Idols and promote him.




I think at this stage it is better to just boycott that rag, and not give it one more ounce of publicity. So it's time to move on to something more positive. TOMORROW NIGHT, SUNDAY, ADAM WILL BE PERFORMING ON THE AMA'S. Next week Adam's CD will be released, and DEC.1st Adam will be on Ellen. Adam was also in 'People' magazine as one of the top sexiest men alive. Now everyone needs to start voting for Adam as "People Choice's breakout music star of the year. The next step I hope for Adam will be the leading role in a major motion picture. Hopefully a romantic comedy, maybe something like a male version of Brigett Jones Diary. I think he would also be adorable playing Johnny Depp's little brother in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie.


Yay for Adam. As usual, he remains calm and collected under pressure. What a man!!! Shall I say again that Adam is what all men should aspire to be. Honest, confident, and articulate, and it doesn't hurt that he's talented, smokin' hot and loves to flirt! I am constantly amazed at his composure. We could all take lessons from this guy!


Leave him alone .


and by the way, i am not an adam fan at all. this is the first thing i have heard from him that i am on board with. I don't like his sense of style, and i detest the style of his singing (this is not to say that he doesn't have an amazing vocal ability, i just dislike what he does with it). he seems like a smart guy though, and people appear to like his singing for some reason.


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