Really, does anything shock us anymore? In the 80’s it was Madonna, in the 90’s it was Britney Spears, now it seems that Lady Gaga has taken the throne as the “envelope pusher” for this generation. Now Adam Lambert’s trying to make a name for himself and is trying to get in the ‘game’ too.
Was Lambert’s performance at the American Music Awards (AMA’s) on Sunday night shocking: Yes and No. If you’ve been living under a rock, maybe you haven’t heard about his performance. The most recent winner of “American Idol” performed his new song while a dancer simulated oral sex on him, hold a leash with a male dancer on the end of it dancing provocatively, and then full-on makes out with the male keyboard player. Then he says, “I don’t know what all the controversy is about.”
Seriously, he must be kidding. He got exactly what he wanted, and we’re all playing into his hopes… who doesn’t know the name “Adam Lambert” anymore? As they say, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.”
But as a Christian, and as a Youth Pastor, I think this is indicative of something more going on in our culture. There’s nothing “out of bounds” anymore. The AMA’s were on ABC at 8:00… prime time television! This wasn’t on MTV, this was on a “reputable” broadcast. Supposedly.
Much like the infamous kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears on the MTV Video Video Music Awards in 2003, there’s a ton of backlash – but it will all calm down in a few weeks and life will move on… with Adam Lambert on the cultural map. Whether or not he’ll be a footnote or a chapter is to be decided, but he IS paving new territory whether we like it or not.
The issue for Christians is this: When will we be shocked enough to turn off the TV and to stop feeding the shockers? The reality is, the media gives us what we consume. Teenagers, Parents, Young Adults, all of us: When is enough enough…
Parents, talk to your teenagers and ask them what they think about Lambert’s performance. Ask them to tell you what people are saying about it in their schools… and just listen, maybe you’ll get a glimpse into the world where these “shockers” are coming from.