CBS’ The Early Show made the baseless decision to blur the image of Adam Lambert kissing his male keyboardist like it was a Carrie Prejean sex tape or something. The blurred kiss appeared along with the completely unedited image of Britney Spears and Madonna locking lips. Worse than the kiss blurring is the pathetic and disingenuous excuse of a defense that CBS issued.
A spokesman for The Early Show said, "We gave this some real thought. The Madonna image is very familiar and has appeared countless times including many times on morning television. The Adam Lambert image is a subject of great current controversy, has not been nearly as widely disseminated, and for all we know, may still lead to legal consequences.”
CBS’ response is simply unacceptable and they should not get away with it. Blurring the image of two guys kissing sends a clear message to the audience that a kiss between men is inappropriate, abhorrent, and shameful, while a kiss between women is just hot? Their statement is simultaneously anti-gay, anti-woman, and insulting to viewers’ intelligence.
Send a message to Leslie Moonves, President & CEO of CBS Entertainment to let the network know that their decision to blur out the kiss was completely unacceptable.
By blurring the kiss, you sent the message to viewers that men kissing is inappropriate, abhorrent, and shameful. Then you displayed an ugly double standard by showing the unedited footage of a kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears.
The CBS explanation of the decision to blur is perhaps the most offensive aspect of this situation. The statement is simultaneously anti-gay, anti-woman, and insulting to viewers’ intelligence. It says your decision was due in part to potential legal consequences. The only consequences involved are the viewers you will lose from your decision to blur the kiss.
If CBS values fairness and equality, apologize for blurring the kiss and make a commitment to hold all on-air kissing to the same standard.
Thank you for your time and attention.