Alex Blaze

FCC receives 5000 Adam Lambert complaints

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 08, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

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Tags: Adam Lambert, American Music Awards, lady gaga, shakira

The FCC received over 5000 complaints over Adam Lambert's American Music Awards performance. Not really too many considering the millions who tuned in, and it's fewer since not all of them are actually complaints.

The Smoking Gun put a few of them online, and here are a few of the more interesting comments. I should preface by saying that I didn't particularly like the performance since the song isn't that great, but then that's the whole reason I wouldn't watch something like the AMA's. These people decided to tune into a party exclusively for music produced, promoted, and sold by big corporations as a substitute for a people-powered American culture and then find it bizarre that no one shares their morals. It's like going to McDonald's and being surprised that the food isn't healthy.

But it's fairly obvious that a good deal of these people are motivated by homophobia:

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Some of the more fun complaints are after the jump.

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This one gets to the point:

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Others said the same thing in more words:

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This one's from someone who apparently doesn't know Lambert's sexual orientation:

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Most talked about their kids who were watching the AMA's with them on late night TV. Shouldn't 5-year-olds be in bed by 11?

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And this concerned parent had their entire brood with them:

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This complainer is très cosmopolitain:

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Bancok and Mexico in one complaint? Oh-la-la.

This one complained about the straight singers too, which counts for something:

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And some of the "complaints" are actually supportive, so the 5000 number should be lowered by a few:

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It turns out FCC complaints are as much fun as Freeper comments.


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I probably find TV preachers as offensive as the letter scribblers find Adam Lambert. The remote control is the great equalizer.

I don't know what to make of the 5000 figure though. You say it isn't all that impressive stacked up against the number of people watching the AMAs. I would agrees, but I remember that in "A People's History of the United States", Howard Zinn talks about how despite the fact that the vast majority of eligible voters in the US didn't want Ronald Reagan to be president, he still won by a landslide among those who cast ballots.

Do you know how those 5000 complaints stack up against those registered against other televised performances?

Good question.

The FCC website put up its last quarterly report in the first quarter of 2009. it seems they get around 500 content-level complaints about tv and radio a month, although in March 09 they got around 180,000.

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/quarter/welcome.html

Ars Technica says that that's because an action alert from some rightwingers went out against Family Guy:

http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2009/09/did-the-family-guy-cause-a-jump-in-fcc-indecency-complaints.ars

The folks at Ars Technica found that the source of the Family Guy complaint was the Parents' Television Council. They also put up an action alert for the Adam Lambert's AMA performance:

https://www.parentstv.org/ptc/action/AMAs/main.asp

So, it's more complaints than usual, but not nearly as many as the PTC's been known to get. It's also nowhere near as many as the million a teabagger on Facebook promised:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=206943891778

Margaretpoa Margaretpoa | January 8, 2010 2:11 PM

It probably goes without saying that most these guys, and I believe most of them are guys, wouldn't have any complaints of two women kissing.

I just wish they'd learn a little about grammar and punctuation.

Why? That's just one of those big-guvment rules you city slickers want to put off on us backwoods hicks...

Chitown Kev | January 8, 2010 9:06 PM

I have to admit that my favorite of all of these was the complaint of Lambert's "lesbian status." LMAFO!

I am a shameless fan of Adam Lambert. His music is the heartbeat of a new age of freedom, liberty, and equality for all humankind. His LGBTQ anthem, "Masterplan", speaks eloquently to the coming transformation of society as we are finally able to assume our natural role as the leaders and creators of human culture.

The song is only available for download from iTunes and adamofficial.com when you buy the new album, which seems a little commercial and all that. On the other hand, it’s easy to see the benefit of this arrangement. The message is one of unrelenting will applied lovingly, but firmly, to assert our place in the cosmos here on earth at last. And serious Adam fans will have homed in on this song from the beginning. Like it or not, they’ve heard the message. A rousing anthem for a massive revolution for social justice.

The lines of the chorus say it all:

We are the face of the new generation
We are the ones who have no reservation
Don’t give a damn ‘bout your cold calculation
Welcome to the Masterplan
Don’t care if you understand
Don’t care if you understand
Welcome to the Masterplan

The song captures the spirit of the National Equality March. The time for pissing around is over, boys. Put up or get out of office. No? Then we will replace you with one will serve our ideals of truth, beauty, goodness, and love. If you would deny us any part of our basic rights as will creatures before a loving God, you destroy a part of yourself. Do not even think of negotiating this matter. This is a demand we will enforce in the name of both God and man.

The merciful lag of time before the application of justice has expired for the false institutions and personalities of this planet. Let freedom, liberty, equality, and human fellowship reign.

Be excellent to each other.
Party on, dudes!

“The meek shall inherit the earth.”
“We are the meek. We have come to claim our inheritance.”

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