Aren’t we supposed to be celebrating a “partial victory” with Adam Lambert/ABC, according to GLAAD? After all, Jarrett Barrios, the head of the organization charging itself with policing the media, was just telling us yesterday that, despite Lambert getting nixed from Jimmy Kimmel and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, getting the star on taped appearances on ABC’s The View today and Barbara Walters’ The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 last night made him “pleased with the partial victory.” Except during last night’s Walters special, Lambert’s same-sex kiss was talked about, but not shown.
Is GLAAD going to issue another press release “condemning” the network for its double standard? Thus far, we haven’t seen anything from the organization responding to ABC’s latest round of self-censorship. But it was only last night that the special aired, so give them a few days.
Meanwhile, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009 aired at 10pm — the hour the FCC stops caring about “risque” television. And yet it’s clear ABC has not reversed its policy on what it deems inappropriate television. Namely, gay kissing. (As TMZ notes, Walters’ special did include a shot of kissing — between heterosexual ex-partners Jon and Kate Gosselin.)
But hey, at least it’s giving Walters and The View gals something to talk about today. But not something to put on screen.
UPDATE: ABC responds to criticism. See their reaction here.